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

CT Forum with Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer

The Connecticut Forums’ 2017-2018 season debuts on Thursday, September 28 at The Bushnell with An Evening with Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer. In this rare public appearance, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer will talk with moderator Norah O’Donnell about his life, career, and more than two decades in the Supreme Court. The evening, hosted by Day Pitney LLP, will include a moderated conversation and an audience question and answer session. All attendes will receive a complimentary copy of Justice Breyer’s book, The Court and the World: American Law and the New Global Realities.


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An Evening with Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer
When: Thursday, September 28
Where: The Bushnell

Time: 8:00 p.m.

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Transgender and Genderqueer Public School Students: School Safety in an Era of Uncertainty

The Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) is presenting the symposium, Transgender and Genderqueer Public School Students: School Safety in an Era of Uncertainty, on July 27 from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in The Old Judiciary Room at The Capitol. There is no charge to attend and light refreshments will follow the symposium. This program qualifies for CLE credit.

This event will provide educators and attorneys the opportunity to identify and discuss law which protects LGBTQA+ students from unlawful discrimination and discriminatory bullying in the schools.

Panelists will review and discuss best practices regarding education, advocacy, and protection for transgender and genderqueer students in public schools. In accordance with the mission of the CHRO, the event is intended to inform attendees about the protections afforded these students by human rights statutes in the state of Connecticut and to provide a forum of equal opportunity and justice that they establish. Panelists include:

Robin McHaelen, Executive Director, True Colors Inc. – Robin McHaelen has been an advocate for LGBTQ youth in Connecticut for many years, and regularly provides workshops and training on sexuality and gender diversity for students and professionals alike. Her talk will draw from her work with True Colors, and touch specifically on how schools might address the needs of transgender and genderqueer/nonconforming students (i.e. students who chose not to identify as either male or female).

Dustin Rader, English Teacher, Canton High School – Dustin Rader was named to NBC Out’s #Pride30 list for 2017 recognizing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer change makers nationwide. He will speak about transgender-related experiences in schools.

Michael Roberts, CHRO Human Rights Attorney; CT Equality Coalition member – Michael Roberts will give a short presentation on anti-discrimination protections on the bases of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Alix Simonetti, CHRO Human Rights Attorney; CT Equality Coalition member – Alix Simonetti will provide opening remarks on the historical context for the symposium’s discussion.

Karla Vasquez, President. CT Association of School Psychologists – Karla Vasquez will speak about the psychological resources available to transgender and genderqueer students in public schools.

If you require any further information or accommodations, please contact Thomas.Reid@ct.gov

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 cdejohn@ctbar.org

Click Here to Apply Today

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(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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John H. Driscoll, Jr. Appointed as Senior Vice President, Regional Market Executive for Webster Private Bank

CBA member John H. Driscoll, Jr. has been appointed as the senior vice president, regional market executive for Webster Private Bank’s Hartford and New Haven offices. Attorney Driscoll is a tax attorney with over 30 years experience in investment, financial, and estate and tax planning. He serves on the executive committee of the Estates and Probate Section and the Sports and Entertainment Section.

Prior to joining Webster, Attorney Driscoll was with the U.S. Trust Company, N.A. where he oversaw 10 financial and estate planning professionals, and was a Senior Tax Manager at Arthur Andersen LLP, where he focused on personal financial planning and family wealth planning.

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John H. Driscoll, Jr.

Office of the Chief Disciplinary Counsel Needs Trustee Volunteers

The Office of the Chief Disciplinary Counsel files or appears in civil cases where trustees are needed to protect the clients of attorneys who are deceased, disabled, resigned, suspended, disbarred, inactive, or otherwise unable to practice.

The basic function of a volunteer trustee is to protect the interests of current clients, usually by notifying the clients of the attorneys incapacity, and forwarding their files to a successor counsel or returning the file to the client. The trustee may also be called upon to rectify the IOLTA account but may only disburse funds with court permission.

The number of cases requiring trustee appointments has risen over the past several years, and unfortunately there is a shortage of attorneys willing to serve as trustees. The Office of the Chief Disciplinary Counsel hopes to develop a comprehensive list of potential trustees from each judicial district, allowing the courts to appoint trustees who are located within the jurisdiction where the incapacitated attorney practiced, and who are familiar with the type of law that they practiced.

If you are interested in volunteering as a trustee, click here to fill out an information sheet.

Governor Malloy Nominates CBA Members for Judgeship

Governor Malloy has announced his 13 state resident nominations to fill vacancies for judgeships on the Connecticut Superior Court. Of the 13 nominations, eight are CBA members. Although there are nearly 40 vacancies on the Superior Court, these judges will provide critical judicial capacity in performing the essential duties of the court system.

CBA member nominations include:

  1. Barry F. Armata of Brown Paindiris & Scott LLP
  2. John L. Cordani, partner with Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP
  3. Matthew D. Gordon, past CBA treasurer and House of Delegates member
  4. Kimberly A. Knox, past president of the CBA and partner of Horton Shields & Knox PC
  5. Margaret M. Murphy, treasurer of the CBA’s Elder Law Section
  6. W. Glen Pierson, principal of Loughlin Fitzgerald PC
  7. Elizabeth J. Stewart, partner and past managing partner of Murtha Cullina LLP
  8. Thomas J. Welch of Teodosio Stanek & Blake LLC

Click here to read more information on the nominees.