Section Spotlight: YLS Hosts Pro Bono Hour

On Tuesday, January 22, the Young Lawyers Section held its Pro Bono Hour program at Herd Restaurant in Middletown. More than 50 members in attendance learned about pro bono opportunities in a variety of practice areas for ten different Connecticut organizations. Representatives from each of the pro bono organizations detailed the current projects, time requirements, and available training.

“The Pro Bono Hour was a wonderful opportunity for YLS members from a range of organizations—both in-house council and those at firms—to learn about the pro bono opportunities available throughout the state,” said YLS Assistant Pro Bono Director Alexandra J. Cavaliere. “It is my hope that those in attendance will take these opportunities back to their firms to expand the reach of the messages shared by the pro bono representatives that night.”

Attendees were encouraged by many of the pro bono representatives to examine their availability and passions and to approach an organization to see how they can help. Currently the need for pro bono service is great, any volunteer assistance is appreciated. For more volunteer opportunities, visit ctbar.org/probonoorganizations.

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Ashleigh Backman of Statewide Legal Services discussing available pro bono opportunities.

 

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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.

2017-2018 CT Court Visitation Program

The Connecticut Court Visitation Program offers tours of geographical area courts to high school and middle school students throughout the state. Each tour consists of an explanation of court proceedings by a judge or member of the court staff, attendance at an arraignment session and an actual trial (if available), along with a question and answer session.

Attorney volunteers participate with the visiting classes, staff each geographical area court during tours, and may also speak with student groups prior to their visits if requested. The Connecticut Bar Association coordinates the program with its attorney volunteers.

Superior Court Judge Hope Seeley of the Tolland Judicial District and chair of the Court Visitation Program Committee, said, “Since its inception in 1980, the Connecticut Court Visitation Program has become a standard part of the Civics and American Government curriculum in many schools in the state and almost 93,000 students from public and private high schools throughout the state have participated in the program.”

The 2017-2018 program will be offered October 1, 2017 – June 1, 2018. For more information and to volunteer, please contact Bill Chapman at bchapman@ctbar.org.

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U.S. Court of Appeals Seeks Attorneys for Pro Bono Panel

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The Criminal Justice Act/Pro Bono Committee is accepting applications for the Second Circuit’s Pro Bono Panel.

Panel members will represent pro se litigants in civil appeals that present issues of first impression, complex issues of law or fact, or raise potentially meritorious claims warranting further briefing and oral argument.

The deadline to submit applications is April 30. Click here to learn more and submit an application.

To see the full version of this week’s Weekly Docket, click here.

Member Spotlight: Peter Appleton

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CBA member and Statewide Legal Services Pro Bono Attorney Peter Appleton, of Appleton & Appleton LLC, represented a low-income family who had been victimized by his landlord.

Attorney Appleton successfully utilized the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practice Act to secure $225,200 judgement in damages against the landlord who unlawfully locked out the the family from their vermin infested apartment, threw away the family’s belongings, and sent taunting text messages.

Judge Grant H. Miller, Jr. found that for all the countless acts of “callousness, mean spiritedness, and arrogance,” he had seen in his 38 years of trial and jurist experience, this case offended him the most. The judgement is now on appeal.