Stand Down for 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.Continue reading “Volunteer for Stand Down 2019”
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 YLSWITL@gmail.com. Learn more about the Ladder award here.
2017 Ladder Award winner, Justice Maria A. Kahn,
with CBA officers and YLS leadership.
Are you a committed practitioner of workers’ compensation law?
Have you considered becoming a workers’ compensation certified specialist?
Now’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.
Do you want to make a difference in the legal profession?
Serving as a leader of the Connecticut Bar Association can be a highly rewarding experience. We are currently looking to fill positions of vice president, secretary, treasurer, and assistant secretary-treasurer for the 2018-2019 bar year.
Proposed names should be e-mailed to the Nominating Committee Chair Monte E. Frank, at firstname.lastname@example.org or sent in an envelope marked “CONFIDENTIAL” to the Connecticut Bar Association, 30 Bank Street, New Britain, CT 06051 by December 31, 2017.
The message below was sent out on Wednesday, 12/13
from American Bar Association President Hilarie Bass.
As you may have heard, the tax reform bills passed by the House and Senate contain provisions that exclude many law firms and other professional service businesses from the substantial federal tax reductions that will be granted to most other partnerships and other ‘pass-through entities.’ (The House bill would completely deny a new 25% pass-through tax rate if the law firms’ income fell below a certain threshold.”
The ABA is joining lawyers and law firms around the country in opposing these discriminatory provisions, and we need your help to make sure that they are removed from the final tax legislation.
Please call Congress today at (202)224-3121 and tell your senators and representative that you opposed discriminatory provisions in the tax bills that prevent law firms from receiving the same tax reductions as other pass-through businesses. (Look up your legislators here.) The ABA is not taking a position on the overall tax reform legislation, and we are not asking you to take a position.
Our message is simple: ‘All pass-through businesses should be treated equally, and law firms should not be unfairly excluded from new pass-through tax reductions.’
Talking points and more information about pass-through entities and the proposed tax legislation is available on our website. If you have any questions or would like to share feedback about your calls please email us at: GrassrootsCenter@americanbar.org.
President, American Bar Association”
- You Must Earn 12 Credits
- All attorneys must complete 12 hours of continuing legal education (CLE).
- Of those 12 credits, two must be ethics.
- If you earn more than the required 12, you may carry over two credits into the following year.
- How to Earn Credits
- In-person CLE programs: The most common way of earning credits. View the CBA Education calendar for a full list of seminars.
- On-demand: Access a wide variety of video and audio CLE products through our Education Portal from the comfort of your home or office.
- Alternative ways to earn: Teaching a CLE program, writing and publishing articles in publications like the Connecticut Lawyer, or by teaching courses by an ABA accredited law school.
- Tracking Your Credits
- How to Report your MCLE Credits
- There is no requirement to send in written proof of your MCLE compliance – the program is a self-reporting system. For the full MCLE rule, visit the Connecticut Judicial Branch website.
- The CBA does not report any credits to the judicial branch and is not affiliated with Connecticut Judicial Branch in any way.
- Each attorney must keep track of the courses and hours accumulated, and must maintain these records for seven years. Check your CLE Credit Tracker to view the courses you have taken!
- MCLE is Easy with the CBA!
- After earning your 12 credits, all you need to do is indicate that you have complied with the rule on your annual attorney registration form filed with the judicial branch. MCLE is easy with the CBA!
The regional rounds of the 2017-2018 High School Mock Trial Competition will take place in early December. High school students from across the state have been busy preparing to try this year’s case, United States v. Storm, a murder case arising from an alleged drug smuggling operation on the Long Island Sound. At the regional rounds, teams compete to qualify for a playoff tournament, leading to the final round before the Connecticut Supreme Court in the spring of next year.
To help make this year’s competition a success, students will need assistance of the bench and bar in courtrooms across the state. Civics First CT is seeking volunteers for the following regional rounds:
- Stamford (December 1) (10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.)
- New Haven (December 4 and 11) (2:00 p.m.)
- Danbury (December 5) (12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.)
- Manchester (December 5 and 12) (5:00 p.m.)
- New Britain (December 6 and 13) (3:00 p.m.)
- Waterbury (December 7 and 14) (11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.)
- Middletown (December 8 and 15) (2:00 p.m.)
If you are interested in volunteering, please register online to select your dates and times. Civics First CT will follow up with you to confirm availability and provide you with a link to the case and rules, as well as a bench memo to help you get started. Please contact email@example.com with any questions.
For the full version of this week’s Weekly Docket, click here.