Presidential Fellows Begin New Term

The Connecticut Bar Association launched the Presidential Fellowship Program in 2015 to encourage the active involvement of young lawyers in the activities of CBA sections and to increase section membership diversity. The program provides the Fellows with the opportunity to become involved in the substantive work of CBA sections, to help them develop into future leaders, and serves to promote sections to other members of the YLS and the bar.

Each Fellow serves a two year term and is affiliated with a senior bar section and selects a project intended to increase engagement in that section. Throughout the bar year, they will receive training and support for their work with their respective sections.

The new Presidential Fellows and their senior bar section for the 2018-2020 term include: Clair Howard, Labor and Employment Law Section; Kyle J. LaBuff, Solo and Small Firm Section; Patricia Nachilima, Litigation Section; Abena A. Sarpong, Health Law Section; Jennifer L. Shukla, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section; and Thomas H. Wilkeson, Tax Section.

The Presidential Fellows and their senior bar section for the 2017-2019 term include: Daniel R. Cooper, Intellectual Property Section; and Suphi A. Philip, Family Law Section.

Presidential Fellows
(L to R) Suphi A. Philip, Kyle J. LaBuff, Patricia Nachilima, Abena A. Sarpong, Daniel R. Cooper, Jennifer L. Shukla, and Thomas H. Wilkeson.
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Member Spotlight: Stand Down Volunteers

On September 21, the Connecticut Bar Association was honored once again to join over 100 agencies and social service organizations helping more than 1,000 Connecticut veterans at Stand Down 2018 at the Veterans Home in Rocky Hill. CBA volunteer attorneys provided assistance, as well as direction on where to go for ongoing services.

CBA volunteer attorneys included Lawrence Andrea, Richard D. Arconti, Stefany Buckley, Linda Bulkovich, Carrie M. Coulombe, Major Michael Criscuolo, Captain Vergil T. Decker, Jason M. Fragoso, Monte E. Frank, Major Donnial Hinds, Carmina Hirsch, Barbara Housen, Jonathan Klein, Frank A. Manfredi, Geoffrey Naab, Meghan Smith, and Winona Zimberlin.

Stand Down for homeless veterans was modeled after the Stand Down concept used during the Vietnam War to provide a safe retreat for units returning from combat operations. It provided battle-weary soldiers the opportunity to renew their spirit, health, and overall sense of well-being.

 

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Member Spotlight: Joaquina Borges King

Joaquina-Borges-King-350x350Joaquina Borges King, senior counsel at Eversource Energy, was appointed as the new president of the board of directors of Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity (LCD). She has been an active member of the LCD board for nearly seven years. Attorney King will be replacing outgoing president, Burt Cohen.

Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity strives to increase the recruitment, retention, and promotion of lawyers of color and other diverse individuals, not only as good social policy but also as good business practice.

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100% Club Firm Spotlight: Updike Kelly & Spellacy PC

Attorneys and summer associates of CBA 100% Club members, Updike Kelly & Spellacy PC (UKS, along with the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, led a mock voir dire process at High School, Inc. in Hartford, to introduce high school students to a career in law.

These demonstrations are part of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee’s initiative to create a “pipeline” for students to consider law school. The fact pattern regarded a Fourth Amendment search and seizure issue in the search of a high school student’s locker. A series of statements were presented to the students, who participated as potential jurors.

The presenters included: Evan Goldstein, UKS partner and chair of its Diversity and Inclusion Committee; Adam Marks, UKS partner and chair of its Summer Associate Social Committee; UKS’ four summer associates, Jasjeet Sahani, Jason Martinez, Jeffrey Bausch, Jeffrey Renaud, and summer Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity intern Monica Torrijos.

UKS
Adam Marks, Jasjeet Sahani, Jeff Renaud, Jason Martinez, Jeff Bausch, and Monica Torrijos.

 

 

Committee Requests for the 2018-2019 Bar Year

1b5c636e-c373-4170-ba39-8d9eec0db211Committees are critical to our success as a member-driven organization. Service on a committee is a great way to advance your profession, build your network, and share your expertise with fellow members.

If you are interested in remaining on your committee or possibly joining another, please fill out a Committee Selection Request Form by Thursday, May 31, 2018. If you have any questions about the form, or the process, contact Carol DeJohn at (860)612-2000 or cdejohn@ctbar.org.

Committees Accepting Applications
Civics Education Committee
Connecticut Bar Journal Board of Editors
Connecticut Lawyer Advisory Committee
Diversity and Inclusion Committee
Immigration Law Committee
Medical Marijuana Committee
Membership Committee
Municipal Law Committee
Privacy and Data Security Committee
Pro Bono Committee
Professionalism Committee

Justice Richard A. Robinson Confirmed to Serve as Next Chief Justice

Justice Richard Robinson - FBGovernor Malloy announced the final legislative confirmation of Richard A. Robinson to serve as chief justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court, following Chief Justice Chase T. Rogers’ retirement from the bench on February 5, 2018. Chief Justice Robinson will be the first African American chief justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court.

The Honorable Steven Ecker of the Bridgeport Superior Court will fill the associate justice seat on the Connecticut Supreme Court. Justice Ecker has been a judge of the superior court since 2014.

Read CBA President Karen DeMeola’s statement
regarding Chief Justice Robinson’s confirmation.

Member Spotlight: Sudha Setty

Sudha Setty HeadshotWestern New England University School of Law Professor Sudha Setty has been named the next dean of the law school. She joined the faculty in 2006 and currently serves as professor of and associate dean for the faculty development and intellectual life.

Professor Setty has received numerous awards for her work, including the 2017 Connecticut Bar Association Tapping Reeve Legal Educator Award, and two Western New England University School of Law Professor of the Year honors. Prior to entering academia, she served as a litigator with a focus on antitrust and securities regulation matters. She earned her JD from Columbia Law School and her AB from Stanford University.

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