Volunteer for Stand Down 2018

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.

Volunteers for this program help veterans with their immediate 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 21 from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Veteran’s Home in Rocky Hill. If you are interested in volunteering, or have any questions, contact Bill Chapman at (860)707-3309 or bchapman@ctbar.org.

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Member Spotlight: Joaquina Borges King

Joaquina-Borges-King-350x350Joaquina Borges King, senior counsel at Eversource Energy, was appointed as the new president of the board of directors of Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity (LCD). She has been an active member of the LCD board for nearly seven years. Attorney King will be replacing outgoing president, Burt Cohen.

Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity strives to increase the recruitment, retention, and promotion of lawyers of color and other diverse individuals, not only as good social policy but also as good business practice.

View the full version of this week’s Weekly Docket.

100% Club Firm Spotlight: Updike Kelly & Spellacy PC

Attorneys and summer associates of CBA 100% Club members, Updike Kelly & Spellacy PC (UKS, along with the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, led a mock voir dire process at High School, Inc. in Hartford, to introduce high school students to a career in law.

These demonstrations are part of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee’s initiative to create a “pipeline” for students to consider law school. The fact pattern regarded a Fourth Amendment search and seizure issue in the search of a high school student’s locker. A series of statements were presented to the students, who participated as potential jurors.

The presenters included: Evan Goldstein, UKS partner and chair of its Diversity and Inclusion Committee; Adam Marks, UKS partner and chair of its Summer Associate Social Committee; UKS’ four summer associates, Jasjeet Sahani, Jason Martinez, Jeffrey Bausch, Jeffrey Renaud, and summer Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity intern Monica Torrijos.

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Adam Marks, Jasjeet Sahani, Jeff Renaud, Jason Martinez, Jeff Bausch, and Monica Torrijos.

 

 

Section Spotlight: Workers’ Compensation

On May 24, the CBA Workers’ Compensation Section sponsored a retirement dinner for Commissioner Christine L. Engel at the Waterbury Country Club. Section members, workers’ compensation commissioners and attorneys, claim representatives, family, friends, and colleagues, joined together to thank the commissioner for her years of service.

Commissioner Engel became a Board Certified Expert in Workers’ Compensation in 2003 and joined the Workers’ Compensation Commission in 2008. Prior to becoming commissioner, she worked at Nicholas & Johnson LLC where she primarily focused her practice in workers’ compensation, but also represented clients in social security disability claims, real estate closings, personal injury actions, and family matters.

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Commissioner Christine L. Engel

Committee Requests for the 2018-2019 Bar Year

1b5c636e-c373-4170-ba39-8d9eec0db211Committees are critical to our success as a member-driven organization. Service on a committee is a great way to advance your profession, build your network, and share your expertise with fellow members.

If you are interested in remaining on your committee or possibly joining another, please fill out a Committee Selection Request Form by Thursday, May 31, 2018. If you have any questions about the form, or the process, contact Carol DeJohn at (860)612-2000 or cdejohn@ctbar.org.

Committees Accepting Applications
Civics Education Committee
Connecticut Bar Journal Board of Editors
Connecticut Lawyer Advisory Committee
Diversity and Inclusion Committee
Immigration Law Committee
Medical Marijuana Committee
Membership Committee
Municipal Law Committee
Privacy and Data Security Committee
Pro Bono Committee
Professionalism Committee

Job Opportunity: CBA Education Coordinator

CBA logo CMYKThe CBA is seeking candidates for its Education Coordinator position. This person will assist the Director of Education and Communication in implementing CBA Education Department programming. The focus of the position will be on assisting with the production and delivery of education programs, including in-person and online programs, as well as delivery of educational products. The individual will be comfortable with a busy work place, creating and following processes, learning new information and skills, taking creative initiative to solve problems, adapting to change, and managing projects.

Learn more about this position!

Justice Richard A. Robinson Confirmed to Serve as Next Chief Justice

Justice Richard Robinson - FBGovernor Malloy announced the final legislative confirmation of Richard A. Robinson to serve as chief justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court, following Chief Justice Chase T. Rogers’ retirement from the bench on February 5, 2018. Chief Justice Robinson will be the first African American chief justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court.

The Honorable Steven Ecker of the Bridgeport Superior Court will fill the associate justice seat on the Connecticut Supreme Court. Justice Ecker has been a judge of the superior court since 2014.

Read CBA President Karen DeMeola’s statement
regarding Chief Justice Robinson’s confirmation.