Volunteer for the High School Mock Trial Competition

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 info@civicsfirstct.org with any questions.

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Seventh Annual Federal Tax Institute of New England

On Friday, November 10, over 150 attorneys gathered at Saint Clements Castle in Portland, CT for the 2017 Federal Tax Institute of New England. Founded by Frank S. Berall in 2011 and chaired by tax law veteran Deborah J. Tedford, attendees spent the day receiving a comprehensive education from national speakers presenting on cutting edge tax and estate planning issues that may have occurred within the past year, as well as ideas to improve their practice and service to their clients.

Seminar topics varied from how to achieve tax free compounding, important issues in special needs trusts, ethics in tax practice, and a Washington update of tax changes ten months into the Trump administration.

This year’s CBA faculty speakers included: Commissioner Kevin B. Sullivan, Marcel J. Bernier, K. Bradoc “Brad” Gallant, Rebecca A. Iannantuoni, Daniel G. Johnson, Peter S. Jongbloed, Katherine A. McAllister, Lisa E. Perkins, Daniel M. Smolnik, Michael P. Spiro, and Barbara Taylor.

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For more photos from the event, visit our Facebook album!

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Member Spotlight: John Durham

John Durham Member SpotlightCBA member and career prosecutor John Durham has been nominated to be Connecticut’s next US attorney. Attorney Durham was appointed by US Attorney General Jeff Sessions to replace outgoing US Attorney Deirdre M. Daly.

Attorney Durham has worked in the legal profession for 40 years. In that time frame, he has put away mobsters and supervised successful prosecutions of more than a dozen corrupt Connecticut politicians. In 1982 he joined the US attorney’s office where he has worked as deputy US attorney for most of his career.

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.”

 

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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.