Member Spotlight: Stand Down Volunteers

On September 21, the Connecticut Bar Association was honored once again to join over 100 agencies and social service organizations helping more than 1,000 Connecticut veterans at Stand Down 2018 at the Veterans Home in Rocky Hill. CBA volunteer attorneys provided assistance, as well as direction on where to go for ongoing services.

CBA volunteer attorneys included Lawrence Andrea, Richard D. Arconti, Stefany Buckley, Linda Bulkovich, Carrie M. Coulombe, Major Michael Criscuolo, Captain Vergil T. Decker, Jason M. Fragoso, Monte E. Frank, Major Donnial Hinds, Carmina Hirsch, Barbara Housen, Jonathan Klein, Frank A. Manfredi, Geoffrey Naab, Meghan Smith, and Winona Zimberlin.

Stand Down for homeless veterans was modeled after the Stand Down concept used during the Vietnam War to provide a safe retreat for units returning from combat operations. It provided battle-weary soldiers the opportunity to renew their spirit, health, and overall sense of well-being.

 

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Attend the 2018 Federal Tax Institute of New England

Be a part of the 8th Annual Federal Tax Institute of New England
October 18, St. Clements Castle, Portland

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Cost
Don’t miss out on early bird pricing*
Member $259
Law/Paralegal Student Member $159
Non-Member $409

Learn from national authorities about the latest developments in estate planning and tax law, including:

  • Digital Currency
  • The Impact of Federal Tax Law Changes
  • Asset Protection Techniques

Practitioners of all levels and in a wide variety of practice settings will find relevant content and training at this program.

The day will kick off with a networking breakfast followed by both plenary and break-out sessions presented in a two-track format. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity for the estate planning and tax communities.

*Early bird pricing ends 9/14.

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Nominations Now Open: 2019 Celebrate with the Stars

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The CBA is now accepting nominations for Signature Awards for the 2019 Celebrate with the Stars event. Nominate a colleague or peer who makes a difference in the legal community–both legal and beyond! To nominate a deserving colleague, you may do one of the following:

Nominations for the 2019 Signature Awards are due by Friday, October 19, 2018

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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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

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.

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.

Section Spotlight: Environmental Law Section

Former US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator and Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) Commissioner Gina McCarthy addressed an audience of 200 environmental professionals at the Connecticut Science Center on Thursday, March 22. The Environmental Law Section of the Connecticut Bar Association (CBA), Connecticut Environmental Forum (CEF), Connecticut Society for Women Environmental Professionals (SWEP-CT), and Environmental Professionals’ Organization of Connecticut (EPOC) hosted the sold-out event, “An Evening with Gina McCarthy.”

During her lecture, McCarthy shared her views of the current and future state of environmental regulations at the local, regional, national, and international levels. “It is a difficult time but we must feel positive about the world and the future,” expressed McCarthy. “We have the rule of law on our side and that is what matters and that is what will prevent us from going backwards.”

McCarthy served as the EPA administrator from 2013-2017 and CT DEEP commissioner from 2004-2009. She has been a leading advocate for common sense strategies to protect public health and the environment for more than 35 years. Currently, McCarthy serves as director of Harvard Chan’s Center for Health and the Global Environment, and is a professor at the Harvard University Center for the Environment and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

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(Pictured L to R) SWEP-CT Co-chair Jane Kimball Warren, CBA Environmental Law Section Chair M. Anne Peters, EPOC Executive Director Seth Molofsky, Event Speaker Gina McCarthy, CEF President Todd Berman, and SWEP-CT Board Member Jordana Langford, at “An Evening with Gina McCarthy.”
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Event speaker Gina McCarthy shared her views of the current and future state of environmental regulations.

Member Spotlight: Michael Koskoff

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Quinnipiac University School of Law, as well as the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) will be hosting its 30th Annual Thurgood Marshall Award Ceremony on Wednesday, March 28. This year’s award recipient is Michael Koskoff, principal attorney at Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder PC in Bridgeport, who has used his legal education to promote civil rights and civil liberties in Connecticut.

Each year, BLSA recognizes an outstanding person in law, education, or politics who exemplifies Thurgood Marshall’s dedication to improving society through the advancement of civil rights, civil liberties, and human rights. BLSA’s Thurgood Marshall Award is given in honor of the first African American appointed to the US Supreme Court. Marshall epitomized individual commitment to civil rights.