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.

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Presidential Fellows Begin New Term

The Connecticut Bar Association launched the Presidential Fellowship Program in 2015 to encourage the active involvement of young lawyers in the activities of CBA sections and to increase section membership diversity. The program provides the Fellows with the opportunity to become involved in the substantive work of CBA sections, to help them develop into future leaders, and serves to promote sections to other members of the YLS and the bar.

Each Fellow serves a two year term and is affiliated with a senior bar section and selects a project intended to increase engagement in that section. Throughout the bar year, they will receive training and support for their work with their respective sections.

The new Presidential Fellows and their senior bar section for the 2018-2020 term include: Clair Howard, Labor and Employment Law Section; Kyle J. LaBuff, Solo and Small Firm Section; Patricia Nachilima, Litigation Section; Abena A. Sarpong, Health Law Section; Jennifer L. Shukla, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section; and Thomas H. Wilkeson, Tax Section.

The Presidential Fellows and their senior bar section for the 2017-2019 term include: Daniel R. Cooper, Intellectual Property Section; and Suphi A. Philip, Family Law Section.

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(L to R) Suphi A. Philip, Kyle J. LaBuff, Patricia Nachilima, Abena A. Sarpong, Daniel R. Cooper, Jennifer L. Shukla, and Thomas H. Wilkeson.

Section Spotlight: Workers’ Compensation

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Commissioner John A. Mastropietro

On September 20, the CBA Workers’ Compensation Section sponsored a retirement dinner for Commissioner John A. Mastropietro at La Bella Vista in Waterbury. Section members, workers’ compensation attorneys, claim representatives, family, friends, and colleagues joined together to wish the commissioner well in future endeavors.

The CBA Workers’ Compensation Section aims to organize the 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.

Section Spotlight: Workers’ Compensation

On May 24, the CBA Workers’ Compensation Section sponsored a retirement dinner for Commissioner Christine L. Engel at the Waterbury Country Club. Section members, workers’ compensation commissioners and attorneys, claim representatives, family, friends, and colleagues, joined together to thank the commissioner for her years of service.

Commissioner Engel became a Board Certified Expert in Workers’ Compensation in 2003 and joined the Workers’ Compensation Commission in 2008. Prior to becoming commissioner, she worked at Nicholas & Johnson LLC where she primarily focused her practice in workers’ compensation, but also represented clients in social security disability claims, real estate closings, personal injury actions, and family matters.

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Commissioner Christine L. Engel

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.

New Federal Pro Bono Rule: Learn What You Need to Know at the CLC

f20eddcb-0a8e-41c4-a703-544d8cc28bfcRecently, the US District Court amended Local Rule 83.10 in an effort to provide more pro bono resources to assist the many self-represented litigants, who are also often incarcerated, bring cases to the court. According to the rule, “any member of the bar who has appeared as counsel of record in at least one civil action in [federal] court since January 1, 2015,” will be asked to take pro bono assignments.

At the Connecticut Legal Conference on June 11, the CBA Federal Practice Section will offer training designed to assist lawyers with these assignments. At the seminar, Pro Bono Appointments in Federal Court: Tips from the Trenches, Parts 1 and 2, federal judges and practitioners will discuss the new pro bono appointment procedures and provide practical advice for litigating these claims. You will also receive procedural tips applicable to prisoner cases at every stage of the process–from appointment, to discovery, to trial.

For more information, view Connecticut Legal Conference
Seminar B08 or Seminar C09.

Section Spotlight: Federal Practice

On Wednesday, April 18, the CBA Federal Practice Section presented, “Women in the Law: A Fireside Chat with Judge Shira Scheindlin and Journalist Linda Greenhouse,” at the Quinnipiack Club in New Haven, moderated by Chief Judge Janet C. Hall. Judge Shira Scheindlin is a retired United States District Court Judge and counsel at Stroock, NY and Linda Greenhouse is a Joseph Goldstein Lecturer in law, senior research scholar in law, and Knight Distinguished Journalist in Residence at Yale Law School. During the program, Judge Scheindlin and Ms. Greenhouse shared their insights about women in the law, in court, and in practice.

The CBA Federal Practice Section aims to disseminate information to Connecticut federal court practitioners to enhance their skills and awareness of legal or procedural developments affecting federal practice and to provide a forum for consultation and dialogue between the federal bar and bench on issues of rules and practice, personnel needs, and facilities. Learn more about this section, including how to join!

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Federal Practice Section Co-chair Jonathan Orleans, welcoming members to the event.
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Chief Judge Janet C. Hall introducing Linda Greenhouse.