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

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Job Opportunity: CBA Education Coordinator

CBA logo CMYKThe CBA is seeking candidates for its Education Coordinator position. This person will assist the Director of Education and Communication in implementing CBA Education Department programming. The focus of the position will be on assisting with the production and delivery of education programs, including in-person and online programs, as well as delivery of educational products. The individual will be comfortable with a busy work place, creating and following processes, learning new information and skills, taking creative initiative to solve problems, adapting to change, and managing projects.

Learn more about this position!

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.

CBA Presents the ABA’s Grit Project

The CBA presented the seminar, “The Grit Project: How to Develop the Secret Skills of America’s Top Women Attorneys.” The Grit Project is an American Bar Association (ABA) Commission on Women in the Profession initiative designed to educate women lawyers about the science behind a grit and growth mindset to enhance the effectiveness, retention, and promotion of women lawyers.

Dr. Milana L. Hogan, author of Grit, the Secret to Advancement: Stories of Successful Women Lawyers, presented an interactive program that explained growth mindset and why many female attorneys lack it. Attendees participated in small group exercises, discussing video scenarios presented, to help participants learn how to tackle difficult work problems.

After Dr. Hogan’s presentation, Supreme Court Justice Maria A. Kahn, Leander A. Dolphin of Shipman & Goodwin LLP, Sarah Man of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, and Elizabeth Seeley of Seeley Seeley & Berglass LLC, shared their personal and professional stories of grit and growth. The event was organized and moderated by Danielle J.B. Edwards of Sexton & Company LLC.

The ABA Commission on Women in the Profession has made the Grit Project Program Toolkit available to those interested in hosting the program. The toolkit includes the Grit Test, Mindset Quiz, and all materials necessary to present the program at a law school or firm.

Dr. Hogan’s book, featuring the stories of 47 women who used the grit and growth mindset to advance their careers, is available on the ABA website. CBA members can save 15% on ABA publications.

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(L to R) Leander A. Dolphin, Elizabeth Seeley, Dr. Milana L. Hogan, Justice Maria A. Kahn, Sarah Man, and Danielle J.B Edwards.

CLC Registration is Now Open

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June 11, 2018

Earn your 12 MCLE credits with the Connecticut Legal Conference*

This event sold-out last year, reserve your spot today!

Don’t miss over 40 CLE seminars covering:

  • Practice-based annual reviews and updates
  • Cutting-edge trends in legal technology, law practice management, and major practice areas
  • Recent developments in legal ethics

Visit ctlegalconference.com for more information on the day and to view seminar details.

*Full-day member registrants can earn six credits at the conference, and get post-conference access to more than 20 on-demand CLE products!

Section Spotlight: Labor and Employment Law

On Wednesday, April 4, the CBA Labor and Employment Law Section and the Connecticut Employment Lawyers Association co-sponsored, Three Views from the Bench: Questions & Answers with Harford’s Federal Judges, at the Hartford Golf Club in West Hartford. Judges Alfred V. Covello, Donna F. Martinez, and Michael P. Shea, shared insights and anecdotes from their many years of presiding over federal employment cases. In honor of Judge Covello’s 25th year on the District Court in 2017, Judges Martinez and Shea joined the panel, for what has annually been a Q & A with one judge.

Labor and Employment Law Section Event
Judges Alfred V. Covello, Donna F. Martinez, and Michael P. Shea sharing their views from the bench.

Member Spotlight: Michael Koskoff

michael_koskoffQuinnipiac University School of Law, as well as the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) will be hosting its 30th Annual Thurgood Marshall Award Ceremony on Wednesday, March 28. This year’s award recipient is Michael Koskoff, principal attorney at Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder PC in Bridgeport, who has used his legal education to promote civil rights and civil liberties in Connecticut.

Each year, BLSA recognizes an outstanding person in law, education, or politics who exemplifies Thurgood Marshall’s dedication to improving society through the advancement of civil rights, civil liberties, and human rights. BLSA’s Thurgood Marshall Award is given in honor of the first African American appointed to the US Supreme Court. Marshall epitomized individual commitment to civil rights.