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.

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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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Member Spotlight: Joshua W. Cohen

cohen_joshuaJoshua W. Cohen, partner in Day Pitney LLP‘s New Haven office, will be running seven marathons in seven days on seven continents as part of the World Marathon Challenge. Attorney Cohen and his team, Team Hold the Plane, are fundraising for 11 organizations, including the ALS Association, Stand Up to Cancer, the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

The World Marathon Challenge will begin on January 30, in Antarctica and end on February 5 in Miami, FL. The 55 athletes participating in the challenge will run marathons in Antarctica, Africa, Australia, Asia, Europe, South America, and North America. Learn more or donate to help Team Hold the Plane reach their pursuit of raising $2,000,000 for deserving charities.

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Member Spotlight: Thomas J. Saadi

Thomas J. SaadiGovernor Malloy announced that he is nominating Thomas J. Saadi to serve as commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA). The mission of the DVA is to provide care for the approximately 200,000 veterans living in Connecticut and their dependents.

Prior to joining the DVA in 2015 as its general counsel and eventually becoming chief of staff, Attorney Saadi served as an assistant attorney general and special prosecutor, in which he litigated numerous cases and supervised investigations to stop false and deceptive practices and recover funds for the State of Connecticut.

Attorney Saadi is also a Major in the US Army Reserve, serving with the 411th Civil Affairs Battalion. He received his commission in the Army Reserve in 2005, completed officer basic training in 2006, officer advanced training in 2014, and Command and General Staff College in 2016 where he graduated in the top 20 percent of his class.

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