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 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.

Apply Today for the Presidential Fellowship Program

Do you want to become more involved in CBA sections and further develop your leadership skills? Apply today for the Presidential Fellowship Program!

As a Presidential Fellow, you will:

  • Serve on the Executive Committee of their selected section as ed-officio members
  • Be assigned to work with a senior executive committee member who will serve as a coach and help expose the Fellow to all aspects of the committee membership
  • Attend section meetings
  • Become involved in a section project
  • Present at a section meeting
  • Serve as a section ambassador to the Young Lawyers Section (along with the Young Lawyers Section chair) to promote membership and participation of other young, transitioning, and diverse lawyers
  • Receive a waiver of all fees for section membership and attendance at section meetings

Submit your application by Friday, July 21 to Carol DeJohn at

Click Here to Apply Today

(L to R) Andrew Walter, Latisha Davis, Emily Gianquinto, Tamar Bakhbava, Jessie Opinion, Karolyn Ryan, Cody Guarnieri, Danielle Edwards, and Lucas Hernandez

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Section News: Real Property Section

In 2008, the Real Property Section established the “CBA Real Property Section Memorial Price Fund” at the University of Connecticut to honor deceased members of the section.

Most recently, the section wishes to honor the memory of long standing Real Property Section Executive Committee member, Jo-Ann Sensale, who passed on January 15.

If you wish to make a contribution in Attorney Sensale’s name, or any deceased Real Property Section member, you may send funds to:

CBA Real Property Section Memorial Prize Fund
c/o University of Connecticut Law School Foundation, Inc.
45 Elizabeth Street
Hartford, CT 06105

Section Spotlight: Tax Law Section

At the last CBA Tax Law Section meeting, State Comptroller Kevin Lembo came to discuss the state budget process and the short-term and long-term outlook of the budget.

Comptroller Lembo stated, “To get to a stable and predictable government requires a commitment, to live within our means, to be true to our word, and to be good partners. Government has the potential to be a powerful player in the economy. The way that government functions best is by using available resources to improve the life and work of as many people as possible.”

CBA secretary-treasurer of the Tax Law Section, Dan Smolnik, said of Comptroller Lembo’s presentation, “He pulled back the curtain on the state budgeting process and inspired us all to become more engaged in government. Our members were delighted with his presentation.”

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