Connecticut Legal Conference President’s Track

f20eddcb-0a8e-41c4-a703-544d8cc28bfcEarn all 12* of your MCLE credits with the Connecticut Legal Conference
June 12, Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford

The Opioid Crisis in Connecticut – Medical and Legal Perspectives
The Presidents Track
Session A: 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Over 900 Connecticut residents died from an opioid overdoes in 2016. This statistic is echoed through the United States. It is a rare attorney who has not been impacted by this epidemic, whether in their practice, their community, or closer to home. Learn about the situation in Connecticut and what is being done to help from medical and legal authorities.

Ralph J. Monaco, Conway Londregan Sheehan & Monaco PC, New London

Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC
Representative Rosa C. Rebimbas, Connecticut House of Representatives, Naugatuck
Representative Sean Scanlon, Connecticut House of Representatives, Guilford
Dr. Daniel Tobin, Yale Medical School, New Haven

CLE Credits
1.5 Hours (AOP)47bf6f0b-f91d-437e-a16a-4ae0b31e6edb

*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 President’s Track seminars and see more stories from this week’s Weekly Docket, click here!

Why You Will Become Obsolete

Building Your Practice
Why You Will Become Obsolete
By Walt Hampton

82003af6-213a-4006-84c3-47df9a42b0f1In this Connecticut Lawyer article, Walt Hampton explains how our addiction to the “undisciplined pursuit of more” caused by constant interruptions of checking and re-checking e-mails, smartphones, tablets, etc., disallows us to complete deep work, deeming us replaceable.

Read Walt’s tips on how to stay focused and not become obsolete.

Get more keys to success from Walt Hampton at the CLC:f20eddcb-0a8e-41c4-a703-544d8cc28bfc
Pre-conference Mindfulness Speaker
Legal Tech/Law Firm Practice Management Track Speaker

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.

Grant Applications for Foreclosure Assistance Work

The Connecticut Bar Foundation is accepting applications for grant funds. Grants must be used to provide funds to legal aid organizations in the state of Connecticut for foreclosure prevention legal assistance, and community redevelopment assistance.

The deadline for grant application and budget form submission is June 23. To obtain the application and budget form, please contact Connecticut Bar Foundation Assistant Director Liz Drummond at or visit to download the application.

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.