Norman H. Roos of Robinson+Cole’s finance team was installed as the 2019-2020 president of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys (ACMA) during their annual meeting on September 7 in Monterey, CA. ACMA was formed in 1974 and its membership consists of nearly 500 lawyers in North America who are recognized leaders in the mortgage law industry.
Are you a committed practitioner of workers’ compensation law?
Have you considered becoming a workers’ compensation certified specialist?
Now’s your chance to take your career to the next level! The CBA examining and standing committees on workers’ compensation certification will hold an exam to certify new specialists in May 2018. Learn more about the Workers’ Compensation Certified Specialist program.
The process to become eligible to sit for the exam begins with filing a notice of intent to apply by January 5, 2018.
Do you want to make a difference in the legal profession?
Serving as a leader of the Connecticut Bar Association can be a highly rewarding experience. We are currently looking to fill positions of vice president, secretary, treasurer, and assistant secretary-treasurer for the 2018-2019 bar year.
Proposed names should be e-mailed to the Nominating Committee Chair Monte E. Frank, at email@example.com or sent in an envelope marked “CONFIDENTIAL” to the Connecticut Bar Association, 30 Bank Street, New Britain, CT 06051 by December 31, 2017.
- You Must Earn 12 Credits
- All attorneys must complete 12 hours of continuing legal education (CLE).
- Of those 12 credits, two must be ethics.
- If you earn more than the required 12, you may carry over two credits into the following year.
- How to Earn Credits
- In-person CLE programs: The most common way of earning credits. View the CBA Education calendar for a full list of seminars.
- On-demand: Access a wide variety of video and audio CLE products through our Education Portal from the comfort of your home or office.
- Alternative ways to earn: Teaching a CLE program, writing and publishing articles in publications like the Connecticut Lawyer, or by teaching courses by an ABA accredited law school.
- Tracking Your Credits
- How to Report your MCLE Credits
- There is no requirement to send in written proof of your MCLE compliance – the program is a self-reporting system. For the full MCLE rule, visit the Connecticut Judicial Branch website.
- The CBA does not report any credits to the judicial branch and is not affiliated with Connecticut Judicial Branch in any way.
- Each attorney must keep track of the courses and hours accumulated, and must maintain these records for seven years. Check your CLE Credit Tracker to view the courses you have taken!
- MCLE is Easy with the CBA!
- After earning your 12 credits, all you need to do is indicate that you have complied with the rule on your annual attorney registration form filed with the judicial branch. MCLE is easy with the CBA!
CBA member and career prosecutor John Durham has been nominated to be Connecticut’s next US attorney. Attorney Durham was appointed by US Attorney General Jeff Sessions to replace outgoing US Attorney Deirdre M. Daly.
Attorney Durham has worked in the legal profession for 40 years. In that time frame, he has put away mobsters and supervised successful prosecutions of more than a dozen corrupt Connecticut politicians. In 1982 he joined the US attorney’s office where he has worked as deputy US attorney for most of his career.
Assistant State’s Attorney and Connecticut Lawyer Supreme Deliberations column co-author Matthew Weiner, gives city teens the opportunity to practice baseball and play six months out of the year by volunteering as pitching coach of Hartford’s American Legion team.
American Legion baseball is a national institution that has taught hundreds of thousands of young Americans the importance of sportsmanship, good heath, and promotes equality by making teammates out of young athletes regardless of their income levels. The Connecticut league finished its 90th season this July.
Attorney Weiner spends his days representing Connecticut in criminal appeals and trying cases in the state’s highest courts. He has juggled his caseload with Hartford Legion baseball stating, “I couldn’t really think of a better way to be able to put the work down, at least for a certain period of time, and do something that’s fulfilling in a much different way.”
Retired CBA member, William R. Jones, Sr. passed away on September 13, at the age of 97. After graduating from the University of Connecticut School of Law, he founded the firm, now known as, Jones Damia Kaufman & DePaul LLC in Danbury, where he practiced law for 65 years. During his career, he served as Judge of the State Traffic Court, as a State Trial Referee in the Judicial District of Danbury, and was appointed to the Connecticut State Bar Ethics Committee.
Prior to attending law school, Attorney Jones enlisted in the U.S. Navy after earning his B.S. in Geology from St. Lawrence University, where he was commissioned a hydrographic survey officer. In two years at sea, he helped to chart island invasions as part of the Pacific campaign.
The 2018 CBA Membership Guide and Directory is now available to pre-order. Whether you’re in the office or on the go, this compact reference puts the largest legal community in the state at your fingertips!
- The complete MCLE rule, including commentary and FAQs
- Contact information for thousands of your colleagues
- Listings of CBA officers, chairs, and staff
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The Connecticut Court Visitation Program offers tours of geographical area courts to high school and middle school students throughout the state. Each tour consists of an explanation of court proceedings by a judge or member of the court staff, attendance at an arraignment session and an actual trial (if available), along with a question and answer session.
Attorney volunteers participate with the visiting classes, staff each geographical area court during tours, and may also speak with student groups prior to their visits if requested. The Connecticut Bar Association coordinates the program with its attorney volunteers.
Superior Court Judge Hope Seeley of the Tolland Judicial District and chair of the Court Visitation Program Committee, said, “Since its inception in 1980, the Connecticut Court Visitation Program has become a standard part of the Civics and American Government curriculum in many schools in the state and almost 93,000 students from public and private high schools throughout the state have participated in the program.”
The 2017-2018 program will be offered October 1, 2017 – June 1, 2018. For more information and to volunteer, please contact Bill Chapman at firstname.lastname@example.org.