New Legislative Acts

Effective October 1
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Based on the past legislative session, new acts became effective on October 1, 2017. A selection of the new acts that are of special interest to CBA sections are listed here.

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Hurricane Harvey Legal Resources

This message originally appeared as an e-mail to CBA members from CBA President Karen DeMeola

Karen DeMeolaAs you know, Hurricane Harvey has had a devastating impact on the State of Texas. This hurricane is one of the worst storms the community has ever seen. Communities, families, schools, and businesses – including law firms – have been severely effected, and will continue to be for some time.

If you wish to help in some way, the State Bar of Texas has volunteer opportunities for out-of-state attorneys and the Supreme Court of Texas has created an amended emergency order. Additionally, the American Bar Association has also created a resource page for those wishing to assist with disaster relief.

There are many other ways to assist those in need. If you would like to donate money to the hurricane relief effort in Texas, you can give through the Texas Bar Foundation, or you can visit other reputable organizations, such as the American Red Cross, for additional resources on how to help.

Thank you for your support for those in times of hardship.

Volunteer for Stand Down 2017

Stand Down for homeless veterans was modeled after the Stand Down concept used during the Vietnam War to provide a safe retreat for units returning from combat operations. At the secure base camp areas, troops were able to take care of personal hygiene, get clean uniforms, enjoy warm meals, receive medical and dental care, mail and receive letters, and enjoy the camaraderie of friends in a safe environment. This afforded battle-weary soldiers the opportunity to renew their spirit, health, and overall sense of well-being.

Volunteers for this program help veterans with their legal needs, and direct them to where they may receive resolution. Since the first Stand Down in San Diego in 1988, the program has become recognized as the most valuable outreach tool to help veterans across the nation today.

This year’s Stand Down will be held on Friday, September 22 from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Veterans Home in Rocky Hill. If you are interested in volunteering, or have any questions, please contact Bill Chapman at (860)707-3309 or bchapman@ctbar.org.

652c8915-3a31-4f12-b1f6-6f74b4dcd149CBA Volunteer Major Michael E. Criscuolo, a JAG attorney with the US Army, providing legal help to a fellow veteran at the 2016 Stand Down event.

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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CT Forum with Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer

The Connecticut Forums’ 2017-2018 season debuts on Thursday, September 28 at The Bushnell with An Evening with Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer. In this rare public appearance, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer will talk with moderator Norah O’Donnell about his life, career, and more than two decades in the Supreme Court. The evening, hosted by Day Pitney LLP, will include a moderated conversation and an audience question and answer session. All attendes will receive a complimentary copy of Justice Breyer’s book, The Court and the World: American Law and the New Global Realities.


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An Evening with Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer
When: Thursday, September 28
Where: The Bushnell

Time: 8:00 p.m.

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Transgender and Genderqueer Public School Students: School Safety in an Era of Uncertainty

The Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) is presenting the symposium, Transgender and Genderqueer Public School Students: School Safety in an Era of Uncertainty, on July 27 from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in The Old Judiciary Room at The Capitol. There is no charge to attend and light refreshments will follow the symposium. This program qualifies for CLE credit.

This event will provide educators and attorneys the opportunity to identify and discuss law which protects LGBTQA+ students from unlawful discrimination and discriminatory bullying in the schools.

Panelists will review and discuss best practices regarding education, advocacy, and protection for transgender and genderqueer students in public schools. In accordance with the mission of the CHRO, the event is intended to inform attendees about the protections afforded these students by human rights statutes in the state of Connecticut and to provide a forum of equal opportunity and justice that they establish. Panelists include:

Robin McHaelen, Executive Director, True Colors Inc. – Robin McHaelen has been an advocate for LGBTQ youth in Connecticut for many years, and regularly provides workshops and training on sexuality and gender diversity for students and professionals alike. Her talk will draw from her work with True Colors, and touch specifically on how schools might address the needs of transgender and genderqueer/nonconforming students (i.e. students who chose not to identify as either male or female).

Dustin Rader, English Teacher, Canton High School – Dustin Rader was named to NBC Out’s #Pride30 list for 2017 recognizing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer change makers nationwide. He will speak about transgender-related experiences in schools.

Michael Roberts, CHRO Human Rights Attorney; CT Equality Coalition member – Michael Roberts will give a short presentation on anti-discrimination protections on the bases of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Alix Simonetti, CHRO Human Rights Attorney; CT Equality Coalition member – Alix Simonetti will provide opening remarks on the historical context for the symposium’s discussion.

Karla Vasquez, President. CT Association of School Psychologists – Karla Vasquez will speak about the psychological resources available to transgender and genderqueer students in public schools.

If you require any further information or accommodations, please contact Thomas.Reid@ct.gov