Free CLE for All Government Lawyers

CBA logo CMYKIn an effort to assist lawyers affected by the shutdown of the federal government, the Connecticut Bar Association is offering free CLE programs to all affected lawyers through the month of February.

Through February, any lawyer who works for the federal government may register for free, for any CLE course offered through April 30, 2019.

“The Connecticut Bar Association recognizes and appreciates the efforts of all lawyers who keep our federal government and the federal judiciary running. If the CBA can be of further assistance, please feel free to let us know,” state CBA President Jonathan M. Shapiro.

A member who qualifies for this offer may take advantage of it by contacting the CBA’s Member Service Center at MSC@ctbar.org or (844)469-2221.

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Young Lawyers Section Collects over 30,000 Meals This Holiday Season

donations photoThe Young Lawyers Section’s Horn of Plenty Food Drive collected over 30,000 meals for Connecticut residents struggling with hunger this fall. Food drive participants’ monetary donations were matched two to one by Feeding America’s Give a Meal with Bank of America program. The YLS also collected food items for Connecticut Foodbank and Foodshare at law firms across the state.

The Horn of Plenty Food Drive was organized by YLS Public Service Co-directors Joanna M. Kornafel and Linda A. Bulkovitch. Cindy M. Cieslak, Sara J. Dickson, Jonathan E. Friedler, Ron J. Houde, Jr., Meredith F. McBride, and Molly C. Sanford assisted with the food collection.

“This year’s Horn of Plenty was a huge success because of the team of volunteers that helped collect food and monetary donations as well as the greater Connecticut bar community that supported our efforts,” shared YLS Public Service Co-directors Linda A. Bulkovitch and Joanna M. Kornafel. “Together we all made a difference in fighting hunger in our home state. Thank you to everyone. We know that we really made a positive difference.”

Monetary donations were made by Attorneys Austin Berescik-Johns, Patricia M. Carreiro, David A, McGrath, and Diane W. Whitney, as well as Green & Sklarz LLC, Polinsky Law Group, and Rose Kallor LLP.

Firm Spotlight: Halloran Sage

Halloran Sage donated $1,000 in toys for the 13th annual Tons of Toys celebration hosted by the Hartford Young Professionals & Entrepreneurs (HYPE). All efforts combined resulted in a collection of over 1,700 toys, which were delivered to the East Hartford YMCA. The event was attended by over 225 young professionals.

Every holiday season, HYPE comes together to collect toys for a local children’s organization. In the past few years HYPE members have donated over 10,000 toys to support The Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford. This cocktail reception features live music, great food, Santa, and more.

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Section Spotlight: Workers’ Compensation Section

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Hon. Nancy E. Salerno

On December 6, the CBA Workers’ Compensation Section hosted a retirement celebration for Commissioner Nancy E. Salerno at the La Bella Vista in Waterbury. More than 300 section members, workers’ compensation commissioners and attorneys, claim representatives, family, friends, and colleagues celebrated and thanked Commissioner Salerno for her 15 years of service to the commission.

The CBA Workers’ Compensation Section aims to organize members of the CBA who are workers’ compensation practitioners and to educate all members of the bar from all sides at all levels of expertise as to workers’ compensation law. Furthermore, this section attempts to provide services to organizations other than the CBA when those organizations are involved in the Connecticut Workers’ Compensation system.

Interested in joining the section? You can join the Workers’ Compensation Section at any time throughout the bar year.

Nominating Committee Looks to Fill Officer Positions

CBA logo CMYKDo 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 the positions of vice president, secretary, treasurer, and assistant secretary-treasurer for the 2019-2020 bar year.

Proposed names should be e-mailed to the Nominating Committee Chair Karen DeMeola, at kdemeola@ctbar.org or sent in an envelope marked “CONFIDENTIAL” to the Connecticut Bar Association, 30 Bank St, New Britain, CT 06051 by December 31, 2018.

Construction Complete Outside of CBA Law Center

After over a year of construction, the revitalization of the roads outside of the CBA Law Center is complete. New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart unveiled a new roundabout and rededicated the Leo A. Milewski Park on October 29.

The completion of this construction, which included the extension of street and sidewalk enhancements along Bank Street and Columbus Boulevard, the addition of the roundabout, the redirection of bus traffic from Bank Street to Columbus Boulevard, and the restoration and relocation of the sculpture, designed by Olaf Zeidenberg, were part of phase four of New Britain’s Complete Streets Masterplan. The plan focused on safety improvements and beautification work as part of New Britain’s ongoing efforts to make the downtown more attractive to developers and businesses while also enhancing the quality of life for residents.

The park, located directly outside of the CBA Law Center, was named in honor of Leo A. Milewski, a commissioner on the city’s Board of Water in the 1950s and the chairman of the city’s Redevelopment Commission in the 1960s, as a homage to his dedication to moving New Britain forward and contributions to the community. The nearby statue was designed by Olaf Zeidenberg and repurposed as the focal point of the new roundabout.

“Today, we reflect on the spirit that Leo Milewski and Olaf Zeidenberg felt as they were inspired to transform our community nearly half a century ago. One did it through the splendor of art, the other through the tireless planning and execution of a vision for a more vibrant New Britain,” stated Mayor Erin Stewart.

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Roundabout and Leo A. Milewski Park outside of the CBA Law Center.