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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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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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.”

 

Five CBA Members Recognized at the ABA Annual Meeting

On August 10-15 the American Bar Association held their annual meeting in New York City, where thousands of lawyers from across the country came together to promote issues of importance of the legal profession and learn from leading colleagues in the field.

CBA members recognized at the ABA Annual Meeting include:
1. Monte E. Frank, Immediate Past President
2. Ndidi Moses, Vice President
3. Barry C. Hawkins, Past President (2012-2013)
4. Dana M. Hrelic, Assistant Secretary-Treasurer
5. Dwight H. Merriam, CBA Member

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