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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Member Spotlight: Robinson+Cole

Fourteen volunteer attorneys and staff members of Robinson+Cole taught Junior Achievement curriculum to kindergarten, first grade, and second grade students at Parkville Community School in Hartford. CBA member and a firm partner, Christine E. Bromberg, coordinated the efforts. This was the firm’s 13th time volunteering for Junior Achievement Day.

The firm’s volunteers used stories, hands-on activities, and discussions to teach kindergarten classes about the concept of helping, working, earning, and saving; taught first grade students about needs, wants, jobs, tools and skills, and independence; and discussed communities and the work they perform to the second grade students.

Junior Achievement Day is an annual volunteer opportunity to make students financially responsible, prepared for the workforce, and entrepreneurially savvy.

Robinson+Cole Junior Achievement DayRobinson+Cole attorney and staff volunteers at Junior Achievement Day.

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Deadline Approaching for the Worker’s Compensation Specialist Program

Are you a committed practitioner of workers’ compensation law?
Have you considered becoming a workers’ compensation certified specialist?

Workers' Compensation Cert LogoNow’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.

2018-2019 Officer Nominations Now Open

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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 mfrank@ctbar.org or sent in an envelope marked “CONFIDENTIAL” to the Connecticut Bar Association, 30 Bank Street, New Britain, CT 06051 by December 31, 2017.

Learn more about the 2018-2019 officer nominations.

5 Things to Know About the MCLE Rule

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  1. Tracking Your Credits
  2. 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!
  3. 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!

 

Member Spotlight: John Durham

John Durham Member SpotlightCBA 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.

Member Spotlight: Matthew Weiner

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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.”