Tuesday, June 15 to Thursday, June 17, 2021

9:00 AM to 7:00 PM (Eastern Daylight Time)

Virtual Conference

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The 2021 Connecticut Legal Conference will be held virtually on June 15-17, 2021.

Be sure to mark your calendars and plan to join us for:  

  • More than 10 educational tracks
  • Concurrent sessions and plenaries featuring local and national speakers
  • 2021 Annual Meeting


(Includes electronic materials**)
Member $129
Non-Member $400
Student $25

Sponsor this Event


Matthew Desmond Matthew Desmond
Princeton University's Eviction Lab, Princeton, NJ

Asha Rangappa_2021 Asha Rangappa
Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, New Haven

richard rothstein Richard Rothstein
Economic Policy Institute, Washington, DC

Rebecca Sandefur Rebecca L. Sandefur
American Bar Foundation, Chicago, IL

Arin Reeves Dr. Arin N. Reeves
Nextions LLC, Chicago, IL

Neal Katyal Neal Katyal
Hogan Lovells LLP, Washington, DC

Monday, June 14

Pre-Conference Demo Day | 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EDT
Pre-Conference Demo Day | Clio - (CLC 2021)

Clio’s groundbreaking Suite combines legal practice management software (Clio Manage) with client intake and legal CRM software (Clio Grow) to help legal professionals run their practices more successfully. Use Clio for client intake, case management, document management, time tracking, invoicing and online payments, and a whole lot more.

Discover why 150,000+ legal professionals and 66+ bar associations and legal societies worldwide trust Clio to simplify law firm management and growth.

Members of the CBA receive a 10% discount on all Clio Products.

Pre-Conference Demo Day | AXEL - (CLC 2021)

AXEL is a Nevada-based SaaS company that helps solo and small firm practitioners improve data privacy and security capabilities. Its premier cloud storage and file-transfer application, AXEL Go, helps lawyers collect, share and store files securely. With low pricing, no file size limits for storage or transfer, client-friendly features, state of the art blockchain-powered encryption, and an easy-to-use mobile, desktop or web interface, AXEL Go is a simple and powerful way to deter data breach while building your practice.

Pre-Conference Demo Day | Qualia - (CLC 2021)

Qualia is a digital real estate closing technology company that provides the infrastructure to streamline the home closing experience. The company offers a suite of products that brings together homebuyers and sellers, lenders, title & escrow agents and real estate agents onto one secure shared platform. 

Pre-Conference Demo Day | AncestryProGenealogists® - (CLC 2021)

AncestryProGenealogists® is the professional research arm of Ancestry.com®. Since 1998, we have satisfied the research objectives of thousands of clients, including many law firms, attorneys, executors, court-appointed administrators, and fiduciary agents. Our 150 employees are experts in geographic or ethnic research specialties, and our vast worldwide contractor network allows us to identify, locate, and report on possible heirs or beneficiaries, both domestically and internationally.

Pre-Conference Demo Day | LEAP - (CLC 2021)

LEAP is the #1 legal practice management software for law firms. Simplify your law firm’s IT infrastructure, reduce overhead costs, and enable your law firm to work from anywhere, at any time.

Pre-Conference Demo Day | Smith.ai - (CLC 2021)

Smith.ai is a superior 24/7 virtual receptionist service for phone calls, chats, and texts. Our North America-based professionals answer calls and chats; screen and intake clients; schedule appointments; and take payments. Plans start at $210/month and include free spam blocking, plus a risk-free 14-day money-back guarantee.

Connecticut Bar Association members get $100 off their first month of calls and chats with our special code, 5% off bundled services, and 15% off annual plans paid upfront

Pre-Conference Demo Day | Tabs3 Software - (CLC 2021)

Tabs3 is the most award-winning legal time and billing software in the nation. For over 40 years, Tabs3 Software has provided billing, accounting, and practice management solutions. Our cloud product, CosmoLex, is a completely integrated billing, accounting, and practice management system. For more information, visit Tabs3.com or CosmoLex.com.

Tuesday, June 15

Morning Plenary | 9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. EDT
MP01 Why Bar Associations Matter for Democracy (2021CLC)

The internet has made us more connected than ever—but it has also amplified the effects of disinformation, which may be the greatest threat to democracy we face today. But protecting against this threat isn't just the responsibility of tech companies and the government. Disinformation exploits a self-created vulnerability in America: A decline in social trust caused by tribalization and a fragmentation of our shared identity as American citizens. Asha Rangappa explains why bar associations are important laboratories for the practice of democracy—and how they can be on the front lines in restoring civic values to our democratic social fabric. 

Morning Sessions | 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. EDT
PT01 State of the Legal Profession and Design Thinking (2021CLC)

The President’s Track

In 2020, the crisis caused by COVID-19, social injustice, and access to justice challenges forced the bar and bench to develop new creative legal solutions and innovations. Many of these advances occurring across the state and country were ushered in by a process know as legal design thinking. Come learn about what this process is and how it is helping the legal community serve the public. 

PE01 Ethics – The Year in Review 2020 (2021CLC)

The Ethics Track

The session will provide a review of the most recent ethics opinions from the CBA Standing Committee on Professional Ethics and American Bar Association; decisions from the Statewide Grievance Committee and the courts; and a review of any proposed rule changes. 

RP01 Antitrust Issues in Real Estate (2021CLC)

The Real Property/Environmental Law Track

This session will explore antitrust issues that have arisen in the area of real estate. Specifically, we will discuss instances where restrictive covenants in real estate contracts or conveyance documents have led to antitrust liability, including DOJ investigations. We will also examine the antitrust implications of “pocket listings” and the ways courts have analyzed such conduct under traditional antitrust doctrine. We will also discuss recent developments in price-fixing litigation in the real estate broker context. Finally, we will cover the Connecticut Supreme Court’s recent ruling in Reserve Realty, LLC v. Windemere Reserve, LLC, which revisited the tying doctrine under Connecticut’s state antitrust statutes. 

TT01 Appellate Brief Writing (2021CLC)

The Trial Track

This session will discuss advanced issues in writing persuasive appellate briefs.

TT02 The Fifth Amendment for Civil Litigators (2021CLC)

The Trial Track

This session will provide a review of the law relating to a person's right against self-incrimination under the 5th Amendment of the United States Constitution and Article First, Section 8 of the Connecticut Constitution and the implications for invoking that right in the civil litigation context. This session will assist civil litigators in identifying potential self-incrimination issues of parties and witnesses and evaluating them relative to litigation strategy.  

TT06 Candor to the Court (2021CLC)

The Trial Track

A panel discussion from the perspectives of the bar, the bench, and academia on the interplay between the Connecticut Rules of Professional Conduct and common aspects of federal practice, such as discovery disputes, settlement negotiations, motion practice, and what to do if a client goes rogue in open court. 

WP01 Preparation for a Formal Hearing (2021CLC)

The Workplace Track 

The session will focus on pre-formal and formal hearings in the Workers’ Compensation Commission. 

Lunchtime Plenary | 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. EDT
LP01 2021 Connecticut Bar Association Annual Meeting (2021CLC)

Chief Justice Richard A. Robinson will address the CBA and discuss the current events of the Judicial Branch. President Amy Meyerson will deliver her farewell address before the 2021-2022 officers are installed. Incoming CBA President Cecil J. Thomas will present his vision for the 2021-2022 bar year.

Afternoon Sessions | 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EDT
PT02 What General Counsel and In-House Counsel Are Doing to Drive Change and Achieve Results (2021CLC)

The President’s Track 

This session will discuss the work of the CBA’s In-House Counsel Committee, timely issues of interest to corporate counsel, and what in-house counsel want and need from their outside counsel and law firms. 

BL01 Antitrust Basics: What Every Litigator, Transactional Attorney, and General Practitioner Needs to Know (2021CLC)

The Business Law Track

The session will address a number of common antitrust issues that are sometimes overlooked, particularly by attorneys who do not regularly practice antitrust law. 

FL01 Family Law Year in Review (2021CLC)

The Family Law Track

Join us for the annual review of cases pertaining to the field of family law. Participants will be provided with richly detailed materials summarizing all relevant and current family law cases. 

LT01 21st Century Litigator: How to Take Depositions, Use Them at Trial, & Get Evidence Admitted in the Age of Remote Depositions & Trials (2021CLC)

The Legal Technology Track 

The proliferation of remote depositions has created a host of new issues for even the most seasoned litigator. This program is designed to bring practitioners up to speed on these issues, and provide them with practical tips for how to deal with the “new normal” that we will all have to navigate in the years to come. 

RP02 The End of the Transfer Act: Is It Too Good to be True? (2021CLC)

The Real Property/Environmental Law Track 

The session will include a brief history of the Transfer Act and the current status of the recently passed bill sunsetting the Transfer Act. The panel will consist of members of the "working group" that DEEP has put into place to establish these "release-based regulations." 

CL01 Commercial Law and Bankruptcy: The Year in Review (2021CLC)

The Updates in Case Law Track 

Three experienced practitioners will address recent case law in commercial litigation, consumer bankruptcy, and business bankruptcy. 

WP02 Current Issues in the Workers' Compensation System (2021CLC)

The Workplace Track

The session will provide an annual review of workers' compensation caselaw, a legislative update, and address by the agency chairman. 

Evening Plenary | 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. EDT
EP01 Motley Speaker Series | The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America (2021CLC)

Racial segregation characterizes every metropolitan area in the US and bears responsibility for our most serious social and economic problems. We’ve taken no serious steps to desegregate neighborhoods, however, because we are hobbled by a national myth that residential segregation is de facto—the result of private discrimination or personal choices that do not violate constitutional rights. The Color of Law demonstrates, however, that residential segregation was created by racially explicit and unconstitutional government policy in the mid-twentieth century that openly subsidized whites-only suburbanization in which African Americans were prohibited from participating. Only after learning the history of this policy can we be prepared to undertake the national conversation necessary to remedy our unconstitutional racial landscape. 

Wednesday, June 16

Morning Plenary | 9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. EDT
MP02 Access to Justice: New Frontiers of Possibility (2021CLC)

Around the country, jurisdictions are enacting or considering significant changes in the regulation of the practice of law. These changes include permitting nonlawyers to own or profit from the sale of legal services and permitting nonlawyer humans and computer programs to practice law. Motivations for these reforms vary, but the most common reasons have at their core expanding access to justice. Sandefur discusses what the existing evidence base has to say about the promise and challenges of these efforts, and what we are learning from the efforts already underway. 

Morning Sessions | 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. EDT
PT03 Effective Opening and Closing Arguments in Civil Jury Trials (2021CLC)

The President’s Track

Experienced trial lawyers share their winning techniques and strategies on opening and closing statements in civil jury trials focusing on personal injury cases. 

FL02 So You Want to Be a (Microsoft) Team Player?—Best Practices for Conducting Virtual Trials and Hearings (2021CLC)

The Family Law Track

The COVID-19 pandemic has shifted the way practitioners conduct court proceedings in a virtual setting, specifically via Microsoft Teams. Preparing for your case with live witnesses and exhibits can be stressful enough but having to conduct a proceeding in a virtual setting presents additional challenges and situations that you may not have encountered in a courtroom. This session will discuss the preparation and handling of virtual hearings and trials and the use of exhibits. The presenters will conduct a mock virtual examination with the use of exhibits. The presenters will also discuss insights obtained and lessons learned during a six-week virtual matrimonial trial, which consisted of multiple live witnesses sitting in different states and numerous exhibits, both documentary and video. 

RP03 FIRPTA (Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act) (2021CLC)

The Real Property/Environmental Law Track  

FIRPTA is the IRS acronym for the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act, 26 USC Sect. 897. It is becoming more common for foreign persons to own property in the United States. While there are no prohibitions on non-US citizens holding title to real property, when those owners sell, they are subject to the same capital gains taxes as US citizens pay. Sellers and buyers, and their attorneys, need to know what to expect when dealing with a foreign seller and how to comply with the act’s requirements that are imposed on the parties in the real estate transaction. 

CL02 Annual Review of Connecticut Supreme and Appellate Court Cases (2021CLC)

The Updates in Case Law Track 

This session will provide an enlightening and comprehensive review of Connecticut Supreme Court cases from the past year by Kenneth J. Bartschi, followed by an insightful and thought-provoking review of Connecticut Appellate Court cases from the past year by Karen L. Dowd. 

WP03 COVID-19 and The Workplace: How Far We Have Come, Where We Are, and Where We Are Heading (2021CLC)

The Workplace Track 

This session will focus on changes to employment laws and best practices in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Lunchtime Plenary | 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. EDT
LP02 Keynote Plenary | Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City (2021CLC)

Evictions used to be rare. But today, for many poor Americans eviction has become a way of life. Desmond’s groundbreaking book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City follows tenants and landlords swept up in the process of eviction. Drawing on the urban reportage and original statistical data gathered for the book, his lectures shows that eviction is a cause, not just a condition, of poverty and that the face of America’s eviction epidemic belongs to mothers and children. Presenting new insights into the fundamental role housing plays in deepening inequality in America, Desmond affirms the centrality of home, without which nothing else is possible. 

Afternoon Sessions | 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EDT
PT04 Assessing and Addressing Connecticut’s Access to Justice Gap in the “New Normal” (2021CLC)

The President's Track

Join us as a panel of Connecticut attorneys, policy experts, and leaders engage in a comprehensive assessment of Connecticut’s access to justice gap, and address how we may best advance the promise of equal justice for all. 

BL02 Cut the Valuation Knot (2021CLC)

The Business Law Track 

Valuations lie at the heart of many disputes—the family business or real estate that makes up the bulk of an estate's or divorcing couple's assets, the respective shares in a company's buy-sell agreement, the value of a lost business or development in commercial litigation or bankruptcy. If the parties can settle on a value for those assets, the resolution of the rest of the dispute falls into place or, worst case, the litigation can focus on liability, making it less complicated. This program will explore how to reach that agreement.

DI01 Diversity and Beyond: Fatigue and Allyship (2021CLC)

The Diversity and Inclusion Track

This is a two-part panel with the first hour focusing on diversity fatigue from the viewpoint of diversity, equity, and inclusion professionals highlighting their own exhaustion while simultaneously motivating others to hone their awareness of diversity issues. The second part focuses on how to make a meaningful contribution to diversity, equity, and inclusion as a member of a traditionally non-diverse community. 

FL03 Special Education Considerations in the Practice of Family Law (2021CLC)

The Family Law Track

This session is designed to provide insight and helpful information for family law practitioners involved in cases where the children have special education needs. 

PE02 The Ethical Duty of Technology Competence: What Every Lawyer Needs to Know (2021CLC)

The Ethics Track

The Rules of Professional Conduct include specific obligations regarding technology. What does this mean for lawyers and what obligations to clients does it create? In this program, we will review the requirements of the Rules of Professional Conduct and the many reasons to be technologically competent. 

RP04 Real Property Case Law Year in Review (2021CLC)

The Real Property/Environmental Law Track 

Review of cases and legislation of interest to real property lawyers. 

TT04 Nuts and Bolts of Direct and Cross Examination and Dealing with Experts (2021CLC)

The Trial Track

Highly-skilled trial practitioners and judges will walk you through the “Ten Commandments” of direct and cross examination and how to effectively elicit the necessary testimony from experts. State v. Chauvin direct and cross video clips will provide relevant and timely examples for the presenters to showcase the effectiveness of the commandments as trial tools. 

Evening Plenary | 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. EDT
EP02 Strategies to Create Inclusive and Equitable Cultures within Legal Workplaces (2021CLC)

This interactive plenary will explore why the right incentives matter when creating sustained change in diversity and inclusion as well as how the "business case" and "right thing to do" are outdated models that measure efforts based on activity, which does not always lead to achieving results. Additionally, this presentation will explore questions that produce innovative solutions, such as How can you articulate and communicate the difference between diversity and inclusion? How can organizations and individuals ensure that they are working on inclusion alongside their diversity efforts because each is ineffectual without the other? Dr. Arin N. Reeves will incorporate how inclusion needs to continue to play a role during these challenging times and incorporate new research that reflects the new realities of the workplace during and post COVID-19. 

Thursday, June 17

Morning Plenary | 9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. EDT
MP03 Well-Being is Here to Stay: Large and Small Firm Models for Changing Culture to Promote Mental and Physical Health and Productivity (2021CLC)

The Hot Topics Track

This program is designed to help law firms shift toward a culture of well-being. Panelists will describe the issues that led the participating firms to prioritize well-being, any roadblocks and barriers that needed to be addressed, how those challenges were addressed, subsequent positive impacts of well-being prioritization, and future goals for continued improvement.

Morning Sessions | 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. EDT
BL03 Connecticut Tax Update (2021CLC)

The Business Law Track

Robert Day and Louis Schatz will provide an update on the recent Connecticut tax law changes, including the proposed employer payroll tax, changes to the pass-through entity tax, and the 2020 special rule impacting Connecticut residents that normally work outside of the state. 

DI03 Mental Health and Acquired Issues in the Disability Context (2021CLC)

The Diversity and Inclusion Track

This session will address how attorneys can become affected by mental health and acquired disabilities and what law firms can do to support them. Many attorneys acquire health conditions and become impaired but don’t view it as a disability and are afraid to mention it. This seminar is intended to discuss those issues. 

FL04 Collaborative Divorce: Another Tool for Your Toolbox (2021CLC)

The Family Law Track

A team of collaborative divorce practitioners, including attorneys, a financial neutral, and a mental health professional, will define the practice of collaborative divorce, the training needed to become a collaborative divorce practitioner and the difference between collaborative divorce and other alternative dispute resolution models. 

LT02 Connect with Casemaker—Free Legal Research for Connecticut Bar Association Members (2021CLC)

The Legal Technology Track

Make the most of your legal research member benefit with an introduction to basic legal research. The session will include how to run a search; how to download, print, and share resources, tips, and tricks for conducting efficient legal research; and general research skills. 

LT03 Data Privacy Laws and How They Impact Your Clients (2021CLC)

The Legal Technology Track

This session will explore data privacy laws not just in Connecticut, but across the globe and touch on how the changing landscape impacts not just your business but also your clients. You’ll hear from experienced professionals on existing and pending legislation across 31 other states as well recent enforcement actions both domestically and internationally. 

TT05 The Appealing Road to Ethical Ruin (2021CLC)

The Trial Track 

The speakers, led by moderator Tom Donlon, will discuss ethical pitfalls and issues related to modern appellate practice in the context of a series of scenarios—some hypothetical, some real. 

Lunchtime Plenary | 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. EDT
LP03 Safe Harbors and Calm Seas (2021CLC)

The Ethics Track

Presented by some of Connecticut’s leading defense counsel lawyers, this plenary will focus on providing valuable instruction, risk control, and recommendations to help lawyers safely navigate today’s complex legal environment and assist them in minimizing professional liability risk. Topics to be covered include: the ethics of errors, exploring some nontraditional legal malpractice exposures, conflicts of interest and the rules that govern them, and exploring cautionary case law.  

Afternoon Sessions | 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EDT
DI02 Diversity and Inclusion: Learning the Nuts and Bolts (2021CLC)

The Diversity and Inclusion Track 

Do you wish to do more to diversify your practice and make it more inclusive? Then this session is for you. Although geared towards small to midsize firms, it will benefit large firms as well. 

FL05 The POWER Act: Pro Bono Representation and the Prevention of Domestic and Sexual Violence (2021CLC)

The Family Law Track 
This session will re-introduce the legal community to the Pro Bono Work to Empower and Represent Act of 2018, known as the POWER Act. The act mandates that federal courts hold annual public empowerment events in partnership with domestic violence service providers and volunteer lawyer projects to promote “pro bono legal services as a critical way in which to empower survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, and to engage citizens in assisting these survivors.”   

The session will bring together lawyers and service providers to shine a spotlight on the critical need for pro bono legal representation of victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking in federal and state courts.  

HT01 Advocating for Residents in Nursing Homes and Other Facilities (2021CLC)

The Hot Topics Track

Over the course of the past year, COVID-19 has cast nursing homes and other living facilities into the spotlight. State of Connecticut’s Long Term Care Ombudsman Mairead Painter and Attorney Julia M. Brown will discuss the rights of residents and effective methods of advocating for residents from nursing home admission through to discharge. 

HT02 Immigration Law and Reform: Priorities and Impact of the New Administration (2021CLC)

The Hot Topics Track

Discussion of the changes in the current administration's approach to immigration law as compared to the prior administration. 

RP05 The Top 10 Things Every Lawyer Should Know about Land Use Law (2021CLC)

The Real Property/Environmental Law Track

This session is intended to provide lawyers the basics of what they need to know about land use law and how land use can impact private property rights. 

CL03 Updates in Connecticut Construction Law (2021CLC)

The Updates in Case Law Track 

Significant new developments are occurring regularly in the dynamic area of construction law. It is essential for those involved in this field in Connecticut—whether as a "veteran" construction lawyer, an occasional practitioner, or as an owner or contractor—to keep abreast of this changing law, legislative initiatives, and recent statutory enactments. This session will provide you with up-to-date information about the current state of construction law. 

WP04 Annual Employment Law Update (2021CLC)

The Workplace Track 

Review of recent significant Federal and Connecticut decisions impacting employment law.  

Evening Plenary | 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. EDT
EP03 Reflections on the Supreme Court (2021CLC)

Neal Katyal, who has argued 44 cases before the US Supreme Court, will discuss the current term and how decisions will continue to make news on a variety of issues. As an accomplished litigator on the Supreme Court, he will share his insights into the decisions of the Court, what we could expect this term, and their importance for the country. Additionally, Katyal will detail the Court's sometimes tragic role in protecting our civil liberties. 

CLE Credit

CT: 13.75 live credits and access to all conference session recordings*
NY: 11.0 live credits and access to all conference session recordings*

* The CBA intends to record all concurrent sessions, unless otherwise noted. A portion of EP01, and all of the MP01, MP02, LP02, EP02, and EP03 plenaries will not be recorded. All CBA members who register for the conference will have access to all the concurrent session recordings until December 31, 2021.

** Please note that refunds will not be granted after June 7, 2021. 

The Connecticut Bar Association/CT Bar Institute is an accredited provider of New York State CLE. This program may qualify for transitional and/or non-transitional CLE credits. Attorneys seeking NY CLE credit who have been admitted to the New York State Bar for two years or less must attend the live seminar for skills or ethics credit, or a fully interactive videoconference. Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias CLE credits are only available as non-transitional credits. For further information about transitional and non-transitional courses, please see the NYCourts.gov page on CLE: http://ww2.nycourts.gov/attorneys/cle/index.shtml. Financial hardship information is available upon request.

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