Member Spotlight: Matthew Weiner

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Assistant State’s Attorney and Connecticut Lawyer Supreme Deliberations column co-author Matthew Weiner, gives city teens the opportunity to practice baseball and play six months out of the year by volunteering as pitching coach of Hartford’s American Legion team.

American Legion baseball is a national institution that has taught hundreds of thousands of young Americans the importance of sportsmanship, good heath, and promotes equality by making teammates out of young athletes regardless of their income levels. The Connecticut league finished its 90th season this July.

Attorney Weiner spends his days representing Connecticut in criminal appeals and trying cases in the state’s highest courts. He has juggled his caseload with Hartford Legion baseball stating, “I couldn’t really think of a better way to be able to put the work down, at least for a certain period of time, and do something that’s fulfilling in a much different way.”

 

Set Yourself Apart as a Leader in the Law

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Do you have knowledge on hot topics in your practice area that you would like to share with your colleagues? Is there a specific court case you’ve been wanting to examine? We want to hear from you; write for Connecticut Lawyer!

Connecticut Lawyer magazine is a prime member benefit that contributes to your professional growth; informs readers of important legislative changes, court decisions, and other issues arising in the legal profession; and keeps members abreast of CBA activities.

If you would like to submit an article for consideration, have information for the “CBA News & Events” section, or have any other editorial inquiries, please contact the Associate Editor at lzwiebel@ctbar.org. Please review our editorial guidelines on subject matter, format, and deadlines.

In Memoriam: William R. Jones, Sr.

RWilliam R. Jones, Sr.etired CBA member, William R. Jones, Sr. passed away on September 13, at the age of 97. After graduating from the University of Connecticut School of Law, he founded the firm, now known as, Jones Damia Kaufman & DePaul LLC in Danbury, where he practiced law for 65 years. During his career, he served as Judge of the State Traffic Court, as a State Trial Referee in the Judicial District of Danbury, and was appointed to the Connecticut State Bar Ethics Committee.

Prior to attending law school, Attorney Jones enlisted in the U.S. Navy after earning his B.S. in Geology from St. Lawrence University,  where he was commissioned a hydrographic survey officer. In two years at sea, he helped to chart island invasions as part of the Pacific campaign.

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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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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.

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CBA 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

For more information, read the Latest News story.

Member Spotlight: CBA Secretary Alaine Doolan

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B.E.E The Best (“Backpacks for Excellence in Education”), a program founded by CBA Secretary Alaine Doolan, is a nonprofit that provides donated backpacks and supplies to the Truancy Intervention Project, which is an organization that matches attorney volunteers with students from the New Britain school system experiencing problems with school attendance. Each volunteer serves as an advocate and role model for their student.

“Over the last six years the program has donated around 200 backpacks stuffed with supplies to some very worthy students,” Secretary Doolan said, who founded the program after years of mentoring where she noticed that one reason students didn’t go to school was because they didn’t have supplies.

Last year, backpacks and supplies were also provided to the Interval House, a shelter and center for victims of domestic violence. They provide a bridge to new life for individuals and families. This year, B.E.E The Best will be donating to both the Truancy Intervention Project and the Interval House.

If you are interested in donating, B.E.E The Best is looking for the following items: two pocket folders, backpacks, alarm clocks, calculators, pencil sharpeners, erasers, weekly planners, magic markers, pencil cases, 1 inch 3 ring binders, 8GB flash/stick drive, and plastic water bottles.

B.E.E The Best also accepts cash or check donations made out to B.E.E The Best, Inc. Please note that this program is a 501(c)(3) so your donations may be tax deductible!

Please send all donations by Thursday, August 17 to:
Alaine Doolan
Robinson & Cole LLP
280 Trumbull Street
Hartford, CT 06103