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.

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CBA Presents the ABA’s Grit Project

The CBA presented the seminar, “The Grit Project: How to Develop the Secret Skills of America’s Top Women Attorneys.” The Grit Project is an American Bar Association (ABA) Commission on Women in the Profession initiative designed to educate women lawyers about the science behind a grit and growth mindset to enhance the effectiveness, retention, and promotion of women lawyers.

Dr. Milana L. Hogan, author of Grit, the Secret to Advancement: Stories of Successful Women Lawyers, presented an interactive program that explained growth mindset and why many female attorneys lack it. Attendees participated in small group exercises, discussing video scenarios presented, to help participants learn how to tackle difficult work problems.

After Dr. Hogan’s presentation, Supreme Court Justice Maria A. Kahn, Leander A. Dolphin of Shipman & Goodwin LLP, Sarah Man of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, and Elizabeth Seeley of Seeley Seeley & Berglass LLC, shared their personal and professional stories of grit and growth. The event was organized and moderated by Danielle J.B. Edwards of Sexton & Company LLC.

The ABA Commission on Women in the Profession has made the Grit Project Program Toolkit available to those interested in hosting the program. The toolkit includes the Grit Test, Mindset Quiz, and all materials necessary to present the program at a law school or firm.

Dr. Hogan’s book, featuring the stories of 47 women who used the grit and growth mindset to advance their careers, is available on the ABA website. CBA members can save 15% on ABA publications.

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(L to R) Leander A. Dolphin, Elizabeth Seeley, Dr. Milana L. Hogan, Justice Maria A. Kahn, Sarah Man, and Danielle J.B Edwards.

New Federal Pro Bono Rule: Learn What You Need to Know at the CLC

f20eddcb-0a8e-41c4-a703-544d8cc28bfcRecently, the US District Court amended Local Rule 83.10 in an effort to provide more pro bono resources to assist the many self-represented litigants, who are also often incarcerated, bring cases to the court. According to the rule, “any member of the bar who has appeared as counsel of record in at least one civil action in [federal] court since January 1, 2015,” will be asked to take pro bono assignments.

At the Connecticut Legal Conference on June 11, the CBA Federal Practice Section will offer training designed to assist lawyers with these assignments. At the seminar, Pro Bono Appointments in Federal Court: Tips from the Trenches, Parts 1 and 2, federal judges and practitioners will discuss the new pro bono appointment procedures and provide practical advice for litigating these claims. You will also receive procedural tips applicable to prisoner cases at every stage of the process–from appointment, to discovery, to trial.

For more information, view Connecticut Legal Conference
Seminar B08 or Seminar C09.

Section Spotlight: Federal Practice

On Wednesday, April 18, the CBA Federal Practice Section presented, “Women in the Law: A Fireside Chat with Judge Shira Scheindlin and Journalist Linda Greenhouse,” at the Quinnipiack Club in New Haven, moderated by Chief Judge Janet C. Hall. Judge Shira Scheindlin is a retired United States District Court Judge and counsel at Stroock, NY and Linda Greenhouse is a Joseph Goldstein Lecturer in law, senior research scholar in law, and Knight Distinguished Journalist in Residence at Yale Law School. During the program, Judge Scheindlin and Ms. Greenhouse shared their insights about women in the law, in court, and in practice.

The CBA Federal Practice Section aims to disseminate information to Connecticut federal court practitioners to enhance their skills and awareness of legal or procedural developments affecting federal practice and to provide a forum for consultation and dialogue between the federal bar and bench on issues of rules and practice, personnel needs, and facilities. Learn more about this section, including how to join!

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Federal Practice Section Co-chair Jonathan Orleans, welcoming members to the event.
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Chief Judge Janet C. Hall introducing Linda Greenhouse.

CLC Registration is Now Open

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June 11, 2018

Earn your 12 MCLE credits with the Connecticut Legal Conference*

This event sold-out last year, reserve your spot today!

Don’t miss over 40 CLE seminars covering:

  • Practice-based annual reviews and updates
  • Cutting-edge trends in legal technology, law practice management, and major practice areas
  • Recent developments in legal ethics

Visit ctlegalconference.com for more information on the day and to view seminar details.

*Full-day member registrants can earn six credits at the conference, and get post-conference access to more than 20 on-demand CLE products!

Section Spotlight: Labor and Employment Law

On Wednesday, April 4, the CBA Labor and Employment Law Section and the Connecticut Employment Lawyers Association co-sponsored, Three Views from the Bench: Questions & Answers with Harford’s Federal Judges, at the Hartford Golf Club in West Hartford. Judges Alfred V. Covello, Donna F. Martinez, and Michael P. Shea, shared insights and anecdotes from their many years of presiding over federal employment cases. In honor of Judge Covello’s 25th year on the District Court in 2017, Judges Martinez and Shea joined the panel, for what has annually been a Q & A with one judge.

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Judges Alfred V. Covello, Donna F. Martinez, and Michael P. Shea sharing their views from the bench.