CANCELLED: 2022 Appellate Advocacy Institute (AAI220519)

Thursday, May 19 to Friday, May 20, 2022

9:00 AM to 2:30 PM (Eastern Daylight Time)

CBA Law Center

30 Bank Street, New Britain, Connecticut, United States

Due to circumstances outside of our control, the Appellate Advocacy Institute will not go forward this year. We look forward to the return of the Appellate Advocacy Institute in the spring of 2023.

Presented by the Appellate Advocacy Section

About the Program

This popular one-and-a-half day legal analysis and oral argument program is designed to develop and sharpen your appellate advocacy skills in a supportive learning environment. You will be asked to perform as appellate counsel, in a mooting session, and in an oral argument to the Supreme Court. Each time you present, members of the faculty will provide guidance, instruction, and tips on how you can be more effective.  Note: Attendees should expect to spend at least 10-20 hours preparing an oral argument based on briefs and records that will be sent prior to the event.

This Hands-on Workshop Will Provide

• Assignments and course materials in advance
• Learning in a participatory small group setting
• One-on-one sessions with experienced appellate attorneys and judges
• Follow-up videotaped sessions with critiques by your colleagues, appellate attorneys, and judges

Who Should Attend

Any attorney who wishes to develop or hone their appellate advocacy skills, and learn from experienced attorneys from the bench and bar.

Program Chair

Brendon P. Levesque, Horton Dowd Bartschi & Levesque PC, Hartford

Featured Speaker

Daniel F. Polsenberg, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP, Las Vegas, NV


(Includes breakfast, lunch, breaks, electronic materials*, and parking in the public garage at 35 Bank St)
Member $379
Non-member $579


Connecticut Supreme Court Justices

Hon. Gregory T. D'Auria
Hon. Maria Araujo Kahn
Hon. Christine E. Keller

Connecticut Appellate Court Judges

Hon. William H. Bright, Jr.
Hon. Nina F. Elgo
Hon. Melanie L. Cradle
Hon. José A. Suarez
Hon. Douglas S. Lavine

Connecticut Superior Court Judges

Hon. John B. Farley

(Additional Judges to be announced.)


Kenneth J. Bartschi, Horton Dowd Bartschi & Levesque PC, Hartford
Carl D. Cicchetti, Chief Clerk, Connecticut Supreme and Appellate Courts, Hartford
Thomas J. Donlon, Robinson+Cole, Stamford
Karen L. Dowd, Horton Dowd Bartschi & Levesque PC, Hartford
Hon. Anne C. Dranginis (Ret.), Pullman & Comley, Bridgeport
Scott T. Garosshen, Horton, Dowd, Bartschi & Levesque, PC, Hartford
Daniel J. Horgan, Incoming President of the CBA, Horgan Law Offices, New London
Wesley W. Horton, Horton Dowd Bartschi & Levesque PC, Hartford
Dana M. Hrelic, Pullman & Comley, Hartford
Daniel J. Krisch, Halloran Sage, Hartford
Brendon P. Levesque, Horton Dowd Bartschi & Levesque PC, Hartford
James Ralls, Chief State's Attorney, Appellate Bureau, Rocky Hill
Norman A. Roberts II, GraberRoberts LLC, Stamford
Barbara M. Schellenberg, Cohen and Wolf PC, Orange
Samuel V. Schoonmaker, IV, Schoonmaker Legal Group LLC, Stamford
James P. Sexton, Sexton & Company, Hartford
Jessica Solotruk, McCarter & English LLP, Hartford
Alinor Sterling, Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder, PC
Justyn Stokely, McCarter & English LLP, Hartford
Michael S. Taylor, Horton Dowd Bartschi & Levesque PC, Hartford
Jonathan Weiner, Connecticut Supreme Court, Hartford 
Laura Zaino, Halloran Sage, Hartford

CLE Credit

CT: 12.0 Credits (General)
NY: 9.0 Credits (5.0 Skills: 4.0 AOP)

The Connecticut Bar Association/CT Bar Institute is an accredited provider of New York State CLE. This program qualifies for transitional and non-transitional CLE credits. Financial hardship information is available upon request.

*Electronic materials are included in the price of the seminar. Any materials for this seminar will be e-mailed to registrants on May 13, 2022 for download. No paper copies will be provided. Please note that refunds will not be granted once course materials have been sent. Cancellations made after May 12, 2022 are non-refundable.


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