Committee Requests for the 2017-2018 Bar Year

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Committees 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’re interested in remaining in your committee or possibly joining another, please fill out this Committee Selection Request Form.

Don’t delay! Request forms must be submitted by midnight on Friday, June 30, 2017. This will allow President-elect Karen DeMeola to review the requests and finalize the committee appointments.

If you have any questions about the process, contact Carol DeJohn at (860)612-2000 or cdejohn@ctbar.org.

Committees with Openings
Civics Education Committee
Diversity Committee
Immigration Committee
Medical Marijuana Committee
Membership Committee
Municipal Law Committee
Privacy & Data Security Committee
Pro Bono Committee
Professionalism Committee

 

Governor Malloy Nominates CBA Members for Judgeship

Governor Malloy has announced his 13 state resident nominations to fill vacancies for judgeships on the Connecticut Superior Court. Of the 13 nominations, eight are CBA members. Although there are nearly 40 vacancies on the Superior Court, these judges will provide critical judicial capacity in performing the essential duties of the court system.

CBA member nominations include:

  1. Barry F. Armata of Brown Paindiris & Scott LLP
  2. John L. Cordani, partner with Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP
  3. Matthew D. Gordon, past CBA treasurer and House of Delegates member
  4. Kimberly A. Knox, past president of the CBA and partner of Horton Shields & Knox PC
  5. Margaret M. Murphy, treasurer of the CBA’s Elder Law Section
  6. W. Glen Pierson, principal of Loughlin Fitzgerald PC
  7. Elizabeth J. Stewart, partner and past managing partner of Murtha Cullina LLP
  8. Thomas J. Welch of Teodosio Stanek & Blake LLC

Click here to read more information on the nominees.

CT Attorneys Form First Collaborative Business Dispute Resolution Group in State

Fifteen CBA members have come together to offer collaborative divorce resolution to the business community. The newly formed group, Collaborative Business Dispute Resolution (CBDR), provides an alternative to litigation, arbitration, and mediation. It is the first of its kind in Connecticut.

With a goal to avoid litigation and save time and money, this collaborative method differs from mediation when one neutral professional works with the parties to resolve disputes. The mediator assists in understanding each other’s points of view and developing settlement options. They cannot give legal advice or advocate for either party.

The benefits of collaborative business dispute resolution include:

  • Saving money and time
  • Reducing the risk and uncertainty of litigation
  • Allowing each party to participate in structuring a resolution
  • Allowing each party to take an active role in tailoring solutions to the particular needs of their business
  • Accessing the skills, talent, and experience of other professionals who can make a difference
  • Working in a respectful, private, and dignified environment, and preserve a relationship that may be worth keeping
  • Keeping all options open

The fifteen attorneys involved in creating this new type of business dispute resolution are David M. Barry, Jr., Jacobs Walker Rice & Barry LLC; Mark Block, Block Janney & Associates LLC; Deborah L. Dorio, Pease & Dorio PC; Bridget C. Gallagher, Brown Paindiris & Scott LLP; Brian T. Henebry, Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP; Paul N. Iannone, Rogin Nassau LLC; John L. Laudati, Murphy Laudati Kiel Buttler Rattigan LLC; Frank A. Leone, Leone Throwe Teller & Nagle; David J. Markowitz, Markowitz & Mawhinney LLC; Justin L. Murphy, Kahan Kerensky & Capassela; Nicholas Paindiris, Brown Paindiris & Scott LLP; Michael A. Pease, Pease & Dorio PC; Margaret F. Rattigan, Murphy Laudati Kiel Buttler Rattigan LLC; James M. Saya, Rogin Nassau LLC; and Jonathan M. Shapiro, Shapiro Law Offices LLC.

Gregory D’Auria Appointed as a Supreme Court Justice

Gregory D’Auria was sworn in as an associate justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court after a nomination by Governor Malloy. Justice D’Auria is filling the spot on the bench held by Associate Justice Peter T. Zarella prior to his retirement in December, and he is the third state Supreme Court justice to sit on the bench without prior judgeship experience.

Justice D’Auria has worked for the Office of the Attorney General for 23 years, where he served as an assistant general, associate attorney general for litigation, and head of the special litigation and charities unit. Attorney General George Jepsen appointed him the state’s first solicitor general in 2011.

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Justice Gregory D’Auria
Connecticut Supreme Court

CBA Officers Attend ABA Bar Leadership Institute

CBA President Monte E. Frank and Vice President Jonathan M. Shapiro attended this year’s American Bar Association Bar Leadership Institute on March 15-17 in Chicago. This annual conference prepares presidents-elect and other officers on the presidential track to lead their bar associations in service to members, the legal profession, and the public. In the photo below, President Frank and Vice President Shapiro are joined by ABA President Linda Klein and ABA President-elect Hilarie Bass.

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Linda Klein, ABA President-elect Hilarie Bass,
and CBA President Monte E. Frank.

Now Available: New Advance Release CBJ Article

CBJView the latest advance release article of the Connecticut Bar Journal before it comes out in the next issue!

Business Litigation: 2016 in Review
by William J. O’Sullivan

This article is a summary of two appellate court decisions in which substantial damage awards were vacated due to lack of supporting documentary evidence.

To see the full version of this week’s Weekly Docket, click here.

Litigation Section Retreat

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Litigation Section Retreat
May 17-19
Chatham Bars Inn
Chatham, Massachusetts

About the Program
Earn 8.0 CLE credits (7.0 Professional Practice, 1.0 Ethics) while honing your litigation skills. Get critical updates on recent decisions, legal technology, and ethics.

About the Venue
Don’t miss the special discounted room rate for those who register by April 13!

Connect with your colleagues at the Chatham Bars Inn, the most requested location for a section retreat, as voted by over 800 members. This unique retreat is a great opportunity to gain CLE credits while building substantive relationships.

You Will Learn

  • Recent decisions in business litigation
  • How to effectively use and work with dispositive motions
  • Technology in the courtroom: Using Trial Director confidently
  • How to enhance law firm productivity
  • How to spend more time lawyering by working with your paralegal
  • Navigating the ethics of using social media with clients
  • The psychology of the courtroom with one of the top trial lawyers, J. Jude Basile, by the American Trial Lawyers Association

For more information on this event and the special room rate, click here!