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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Nominations are Now Open for the 2018 Ladder Award

The Women in the Law Committee of the Young Lawyers Section is seeking nominations for the 2018 Ladder Award. This award honors a Connecticut female attorney who has “left the ladder down” for women to follow in her footsteps, and values the importance of leadership development, mentoring, and supporting junior lawyers in their journeys to success.

To nominate a candidate, submit a letter of recommendation, no longer than two pages, describing the extent, type, and character of the leadership provided by the nominee. Nominations must be submitted no later than Friday, January 5, 2018 to YLSWITL@gmail.com. Learn more about the Ladder award here.

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2017 Ladder Award winner, Justice Maria A. Kahn,
with CBA officers and YLS leadership.

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.

A Message from ABA President: Treatment of Law Firms in Tax Relief Bills

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The message below was sent out on Wednesday, 12/13
from American Bar Association President Hilarie Bass.

“Dear Colleague,

As you may have heard, the tax reform bills passed by the House and Senate contain provisions that exclude many law firms and other professional service businesses from the substantial federal tax reductions that will be granted to most other partnerships and other ‘pass-through entities.’ (The House bill would completely deny a new 25% pass-through tax rate if the law firms’ income fell below a certain threshold.”

The ABA is joining lawyers and law firms around the country in opposing these discriminatory provisions, and we need your help to make sure that they are removed from the final tax legislation.

Please call Congress today at (202)224-3121 and tell your senators and representative that you opposed discriminatory provisions in the tax bills that prevent law firms from receiving the same tax reductions as other pass-through businesses. (Look up your legislators here.) The ABA is not taking a position on the overall tax reform legislation, and we are not asking you to take a position.

Our message is simple: ‘All pass-through businesses should be treated equally, and law firms should not be unfairly excluded from new pass-through tax reductions.’

Talking points and more information about pass-through entities and the proposed tax legislation is available on our website. If you have any questions or would like to share feedback about your calls please email us at: GrassrootsCenter@americanbar.org.

Sincerely,

Hilarie Bass
President, American Bar Association”

 

Volunteer for the High School Mock Trial Competition

The regional rounds of the 2017-2018 High School Mock Trial Competition will take place in early December. High school students from across the state have been busy preparing to try this year’s case, United States v. Storm, a murder case arising from an alleged drug smuggling operation on the Long Island Sound. At the regional rounds, teams compete to qualify for a playoff tournament, leading to the final round before the Connecticut Supreme Court in the spring of next year.

To help make this year’s competition a success, students will need assistance of the bench and bar in courtrooms across the state. Civics First CT is seeking volunteers for the following regional rounds:

  • Stamford (December 1) (10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.)
  • New Haven (December 4 and 11) (2:00 p.m.)
  • Danbury (December 5) (12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.)
  • Manchester (December 5 and 12) (5:00 p.m.)
  • New Britain (December 6 and 13) (3:00 p.m.)
  • Waterbury (December 7 and 14) (11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.)
  • Middletown (December 8 and 15) (2:00 p.m.)

If you are interested in volunteering, please register online to select your dates and times. Civics First CT will follow up with you to confirm availability and provide you with a link to the case and rules, as well as a bench memo to help you get started. Please contact info@civicsfirstct.org with any questions.

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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.