CT Attorneys Form First Collaborative Business Dispute Resolution Group in State

Fifteen CBA members have come together to offer collaborative divorce resolution to the business community. The newly formed group, Collaborative Business Dispute Resolution (CBDR), provides an alternative to litigation, arbitration, and mediation. It is the first of its kind in Connecticut.

With a goal to avoid litigation and save time and money, this collaborative method differs from mediation when one neutral professional works with the parties to resolve disputes. The mediator assists in understanding each other’s points of view and developing settlement options. They cannot give legal advice or advocate for either party.

The benefits of collaborative business dispute resolution include:

  • Saving money and time
  • Reducing the risk and uncertainty of litigation
  • Allowing each party to participate in structuring a resolution
  • Allowing each party to take an active role in tailoring solutions to the particular needs of their business
  • Accessing the skills, talent, and experience of other professionals who can make a difference
  • Working in a respectful, private, and dignified environment, and preserve a relationship that may be worth keeping
  • Keeping all options open

The fifteen attorneys involved in creating this new type of business dispute resolution are David M. Barry, Jr., Jacobs Walker Rice & Barry LLC; Mark Block, Block Janney & Associates LLC; Deborah L. Dorio, Pease & Dorio PC; Bridget C. Gallagher, Brown Paindiris & Scott LLP; Brian T. Henebry, Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP; Paul N. Iannone, Rogin Nassau LLC; John L. Laudati, Murphy Laudati Kiel Buttler Rattigan LLC; Frank A. Leone, Leone Throwe Teller & Nagle; David J. Markowitz, Markowitz & Mawhinney LLC; Justin L. Murphy, Kahan Kerensky & Capassela; Nicholas Paindiris, Brown Paindiris & Scott LLP; Michael A. Pease, Pease & Dorio PC; Margaret F. Rattigan, Murphy Laudati Kiel Buttler Rattigan LLC; James M. Saya, Rogin Nassau LLC; and Jonathan M. Shapiro, Shapiro Law Offices LLC.

GLAD Honors State Comptroller Kevin Lembo for LGBTQ Advocacy

GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) honored Connecticut State Comptroller Kevin Lembo for his decades of advocacy on behalf of LGBTQ people, children, and families at the “Justice for All” event, held at the Studio at Billings Forge in Hartford.

After advocating public health during the HIV/AIDS pandemic, Comptroller Lembo was appointed as the state’s first Health Care Advocate in 2004, helping thousands of Connecticut residents receive healthcare access.

Currently serving his second term as state comptroller, GLAD reports that he is the first openly gay statewide official in Connecticut, and has continued to be a strong advocate for fairness and equality for all in the state.

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State Comptroller Kevin Lembo

Photo Credit: Jordyn Rozensky

Gregory D’Auria Appointed as a Supreme Court Justice

Gregory D’Auria was sworn in as an associate justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court after a nomination by Governor Malloy. Justice D’Auria is filling the spot on the bench held by Associate Justice Peter T. Zarella prior to his retirement in December, and he is the third state Supreme Court justice to sit on the bench without prior judgeship experience.

Justice D’Auria has worked for the Office of the Attorney General for 23 years, where he served as an assistant general, associate attorney general for litigation, and head of the special litigation and charities unit. Attorney General George Jepsen appointed him the state’s first solicitor general in 2011.

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Justice Gregory D’Auria
Connecticut Supreme Court

Learn about the Changing Laws around Medical Marijuana at the CLC

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States’ Rights: Marijuana Laws under the New Administration
Hot Topics Track
Session A: 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

What does the new administration mean for Medical Marijuana in Connecticut? Candidate Trump indicated that, if elected, his administration would likely not interfere with state-run medical marijuana programs, but he expressed ambivalence toward states’ rights when it comes to recreational marijuana laws. President Trump has telegraphed a similar position, though has provided no definitive pronouncement or taken action on these issues to date.

You Will Learn

  • About federal regulation of medical marijuana
  • About the likely legal impact of regulatory change for Connecticut producers, providers, patients, and their third party business partners
  • An overview of this quickly evolving legal arena


Earn all 12 of your 2017 MCLE credits in one day
with the Connecticut Legal Conference*

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*Full-day registrants can earn six in-person credits on June 12, and will receive access to On-Demand versions of more than 12 conference seminars for full CLE credit.

To learn more about the Connecticut Legal Conference on June 12,
visit ctlegalconference.com

YLS Legislative Breakfast

This annual event provides YLS members a unique opportunity to meet with state legislators in a relaxed and social atmosphere, allowing members the chance to informally discuss both legal and legislative issues facing Connecticut today.

When
Wednesday, May 3

Where
State Legislative Office Building
First Floor Executive Dining Room
Hartford

Featured Guests

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State Representative Christine Conley

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State Representative Stephanie Cummings

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Congratulations “Celebrate with the Stars” Award Winners

Thank you to all of the attendees and our sponsors for helping
make this year’s “Celebrate with the Stars” a success!

Congratulations to the 2017 CBA Stars
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(L to R) Dwight H. Merriam, Louis R. Pepe, Shelley White, Daniel J. Foster,
Edward M. Kweskin, Bret Kupfer, E. Patricia Llodra, Eileen Jenetopulos,
Shari-Lynn Shore, Peter Arakas, Anne Stanback, Sudha Setty,
Justice Richard A. Robinson, and Richard W. Callahan.

For a full photo album of the “Celebrate with the Stars” event, visit our Facebook page!

CBA Officers Attend ABA Bar Leadership Institute

CBA President Monte E. Frank and Vice President Jonathan M. Shapiro attended this year’s American Bar Association Bar Leadership Institute on March 15-17 in Chicago. This annual conference prepares presidents-elect and other officers on the presidential track to lead their bar associations in service to members, the legal profession, and the public. In the photo below, President Frank and Vice President Shapiro are joined by ABA President Linda Klein and ABA President-elect Hilarie Bass.

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Linda Klein, ABA President-elect Hilarie Bass,
and CBA President Monte E. Frank.