PE01

Ethics – The Year in Review 2020

June 15, 2021

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM (Eastern Daylight Time)

The Ethics Track

Presented by the Standing Committee on Professional Ethics 

About the Program

The session will provide a review of the most recent ethics opinions from the CBA Standing Committee on Professional Ethics and American Bar Association; the status of hearings before the Statewide Grievance Committee; and a review of changes to the Connecticut Rules of Professional Conduct.  

You Will Learn

  • Ethical considerations under the Connecticut Rules of Professional Conduct
  • Changes to the Connecticut Rules of Professional Conduct
  • About recent CBA and ABA ethics opinions
  • About the status of hearings before the Statewide Grievance Committee
  • About recent court decisions that interpret attorney ethical rules 

Who Should Attend

Attorneys, paralegals, and other non-lawyer assistants, regardless of the area of practice. 

CLE Credit

1.0 CT (Ethics); 1.0 NY (Ethics)

Speakers

Stephen Conover Stephen J. Conover
Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP, Stamford

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

rinehart_kim Kim E. Rinehart
Wiggin and Dana LLP, New Haven

Deborah Sullivan Deborah Del Prete Sullivan
Office of Chief Public Defender, Hartford




PE02

The Ethical Duty of Technology Competence:
What Every Lawyer Needs to Know

June 16, 2021

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (Eastern Daylight Time)

The Ethics Track

Presented by the Standing Committee on Professional Ethics 

About the Program

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 session, we will review the requirements of the Rules of Professional Conduct and the many reasons to be technologically competent. 

You Will Learn

  • About current trends in technology
  • How to maintain an appropriate level of technological expertise
  • Tips to avoid technological incompetence 

Who Should Attend

Attorneys who are confronted with any issues pertaining to these rules in their practice. 

CLE Credit

2.0 CT (Ethics); 2.0 NY (Ethics)

Speakers

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

mike taylor Michael S. Taylor
Horton Dowd Bartschi & Levesque PC, Hartford




Other Ethics Sessions at the CLC

MP03 Well-Being is Here to Stay: Large and Small Firm Models for Changing Culture to Promote Mental and Physical Health and Productivity

June 17, 2021

9:00 AM to 9:45 AM (Eastern Daylight Time)

The Hot Topics Track

Presented by the Lawyer Well-Being Committee

About the Program

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.

You Will Learn

  • The three distinct models for promoting a firm-wide well-being culture
  • How to address challenges, such as resistance to change

Who Should Attend

Attorneys and staff from law firms, law schools, or legal departments.

CLE Credit

0.75 CT (Ethics)

Speakers

Tanyee Cheung Tanyee Cheung
Finn Dixon & Herling LLP, Stamford

Robin Belleau Robin Belleau
Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Chicago, IL

Krista Larson Krista Larson
Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, Boston, MA

Moderator

Traci Cipriano Traci Cipriano
Traci Cipriano JD, PhD LLC, Woodbridge




Sponsors

LP03 Safe Harbors and Calm Seas 

June 17, 2021

11:30 AM to 1:30 PM (Eastern Daylight Time)

The Ethics Track

Presented by the Insurance Programs for the Bar Committee 

About the Program

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.   

Attend this plenary and earn up to 7.5 percent premium credit off two years on professional liability insurance offered through this CBA exclusively endorsed program, underwritten by CNA. 

You Will Learn

  • Your duties related to error disclosure
  • About nontraditional legal malpractice exposures
  • How to identify and manage conflict of interest issues 

Who Should Attend

Attorneys interested in learning how to minimize their professional liability risk. 

CLE Credit

2.0 CT (Ethics); 2.0 NY (Ethics)

Speakers

James Brawley James L. Brawley
Morrison Mahoney LLP, Hartford

Stephen Conover Stephen J. Conover
Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP, Stamford

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

Moderator

!No-Headshot John Kronholm
Kronholm Insurance Services, part of the Brown & Brown of CT Team, Rocky Hill




Sponsor

EP01 Motley Speaker Series | The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America

June 15, 2021

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM (Eastern Daylight Time)

The Constance Baker Motley Speaker Series on Racial Inequality is presented by the Connecticut Bar Association (CBA) and its Diversity and Inclusion Committee, in collaboration and co-sponsorship with the Connecticut Bar Foundation (CBF) and James W. Cooper Fellows
 

About the Program

Join us for the Constance Baker Motley Speaker Series on Racial Inequality year one summative event. 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. 

Chief Justice Richard A. Robinson will facilitate a question and answer segment with Rothstein. A panel discussion, featuring Connecticut leaders in police accountability, housing desegregation, and political access, will follow to highlight what has been done in the past year and how we will continue to address racial inequality in Connecticut in honor of the legacy of Hon. Constance Baker Motley. 

Richard Rothstein is the author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, a New York Times Best Seller, and a distinguished fellow of the Economic Policy Institute, the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and of the Haas Institute at the University of California (Berkeley). In addition to The Color of Law, he is the author of many other articles and books on race and education.

You Will Learn

  • How government policies promoted segregation
  • How data shows the biased impact of laws and policies
  • About the CBA Policing Task Force's year-long study and resulting recommendations on issues of policing in Connecticut
  • How zoning supports segregation in Connecticut and the progress we have made in addressing contributing law and policies
  • How racially and ethnically diverse communities continue to experience challenges to full political inclusion 

Who Should Attend

Any attorney interested in eliminating bias in laws and policies. 

Note: The first 100 attendees of this plenary who request a copy of featured speaker Richard Rothstein's book, The Color of Law, will receive a free copy.

Not attending the conference? Visit ctbar.org/Motley-Series to register to attend.

Richard Rothstein's portion of the plenary will not be recorded. The panel discussion will be recorded.

CLE Credit

2.0 CT (Ethics)

Speakers

richard rothstein Richard Rothstein
Economic Policy Institute, Washington, DC

Sara Bronin Sara C. Bronin
UConn School of Law, Hartford

Khalilah Brown-Dean Khalilah L. Brown-Dean
Quinnipiac University, Hamden

Deirdre Daly Deirdre M. Daly
Finn Dixon & Herling LLP, Stamford

Constance Royster Constance L. Royster
Laurel Associates LLC, Bethany

Moderators

Chief Justice Richard A. Robinson
Connecticut Supreme Court, Hartford

Joel Motley Joel W. Motley
Public Capital Advisors LLC, Scarborough, NY




PT01 State of the Legal Profession and Design Thinking

June 15, 2021

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM (Eastern Daylight Time)

The President’s Track

Presented by the State of the Legal Profession Task Force 

About the Program

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 known as legal design thinking. Come learn about what this process is and how it is helping the legal community serve the public. 

You Will Learn

  • What legal design thinking is and how it is being used across the country
  • About legal innovations and technological developments being developed by bar associations and judicial systems across the country to improve the legal profession
  • About innovations being proposed and implemented across the country to innovate the way law schools educate, prepare, and evaluate future lawyers 

Who Should Attend

Anyone interested in innovating and improving the practice of law to ensure access to justice and the sustainability of the profession. 

CLE Credit

1.0 CT (0.5 General; 0.5 Ethics); 1.0 NY (0.5 AOP; 0.5 Ethics) 

Speakers

judge-elizabeth-bozzuto Hon. Elizabeth A. Bozzuto
Connecticut Superior Court, Hartford

Logan Cornett Logan Cornett
IAALS, University of Denver, Denver, CO

Patrick-Palace Patrick A. Palace
Palace Law LLP, University Place, WA

Andrew Perlman Andrew M. Perlman
Suffolk University Law School, Boston, MA

Zach Zarnow Zachary Zarnow
National Center for State Courts, Middletown

Moderator

ndidi-n-moses-2019 Hon. Ndidi N. Moses
Connecticut Superior Court, Hartford




Sponsors

PT04 Assessing and Addressing Connecticut’s Access to Justice Gap in the “New Normal”

June 16, 2021

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (Eastern Daylight Time)

The President's Track

Presented by the CBA Executive Committee

About the Program

What is the State of Connecticut’s access to justice gap in 2021, as we confront the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic? How has COVID-19 amplified existing civil legal needs crises, such as evictions and addressing domestic violence? What effects will short- and long-term interventions, such as stimulus measures and the developing right to counsel movement, have on these issues? How has the pandemic affected the civil legal needs of racially diverse individuals, households with children, people with disabilities, and other vulnerable populations? How are our civil legal aid programs funded, and what impact has the pandemic had on those funding streams? What challenges and opportunities are presented by the “new normal” in addressing Connecticut’s access to justice gap?   

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. 

You Will Learn

  • The State of Connecticut's access to justice gap in 2021
  • How the pandemic amplified existing civil legal needs crises
  • The impact of short- and long-term measures on the developing right to counsel movement
  • How the pandemic has affected the civil legal needs of our communities
  • How civil legal aid programs are funded and how the pandemic has affected those funding streams
  • About challenges and opportunities in addressing Connecticut’s access to justice gap 

Who Should Attend

Any attorney interested in supporting access to justice.  

CLE Credit

2.0 CT (Ethics); 2.0 NY (Ethics)

Speakers

!No-Headshot Lorraine Carcova
Connecticut Legal Services Inc., Bridgeport

Jennifer Quaye-Hudson Jennifer Quaye-Hudson
Connecticut Voices for Children, New Haven

Alexis Smith Alexis H. Smith
New Haven Legal Assistance Association Inc., New Haven

Cecil J. Thomas Cecil J. Thomas
CBA President, Greater Hartford Legal Aid, Hartford

Natalie Wagner Natalie S. Wagner
Connecticut Bar Foundation, Hartford

Ryan Wilson Ryan Wilson
Connecticut Voices for Children, New Haven




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

June 15, 2021

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (Eastern Daylight Time)

The Business Law Track

Presented by the Antitrust & Trade Regulation Section 

About the Program

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

You Will Learn

  • Important distinctions between federal and state antitrust law, including traps for the unwary 
  • Recent developments in the areas of non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, including the potential risk of criminal exposure, with an overview of ethical issues
  • What types of information may not be shared by competitors prior to consummation of a merger, acquisition, or joint venture, with an overview of ethical issues 
  • Under what circumstances attorneys may run the risk of antitrust exposure, with an overview of ethical issues 

Who Should Attend

Every attorney, whether a seasoned practitioner or a young lawyer just beginning his/her practice. 

CLE Credit

2.0 CT (1.5 General; 0.5 Ethics); 2.0 NY (1.5 AOP; 0.5 Ethics) 

Speakers

Peter Barile Peter A. Barile III
Lowey Dannenberg PC, White Plains, NY

Bob Langer Robert M. Langer
Wiggin and Dana LLP, Hartford




DI01 Diversity and Beyond: Fatigue and Allyship 

June 16, 2021

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (Eastern Daylight Time)

The Diversity and Inclusion Track

Presented by the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee 

About the Program

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. 

You Will Learn

  • About the experiences of diversity professionals in combating their own fatigue while motivating others who may be tired of hearing about diversity
  • How to have effective conversations about diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • How to get involved in diversity efforts and effect change in society regardless of your own personal identity 

Who Should Attend

Diversity professionals interested in dealing with diversity fatigue; non-diverse individuals who are interested in making a meaningful contribution to diversity efforts; anyone interested in diversity, equity, and inclusion; anyone who wants to learn more about the experiences of those who work in the diversity, equity, and inclusion space. 

CLE Credit

2.0 CT (Ethics)

Speakers

Ronald_Houde Ronald Houde
Ouellette Deganis Gallagher & Grippe LLC, Cheshire

Gabriel Jiran Gabriel J. Jiran
Shipman & Goodwin LLP, Hartford

Tara Pollard Tara Pollard
Day Pitney LLP, Hartford

Asker__Saeed Asker A. Saeed
Saeed Consulting Group, Glastonbury

Moderators

Aigne Goldsby2 Aigné S. Goldsby
Goldsby Law PLLC, Middletown

Michelle Querijero2 Michelle Querijero
Farmington




DI02 Diversity and Inclusion: Learning the Nuts and Bolts

June 17, 2021

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (Eastern Daylight Time)

The Diversity and Inclusion Track 

Presented by the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee 

About the Program

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. 

You Will Learn

  • How implicit biases can manifest themselves in the workplace to impede opportunities for all individuals
  • Why diversity and inclusion is good for business
  • How to get started assessing where you are and where you want to go, including how to draft a substantive diversity policy and following up on that commitment
  • About proper employment practices from the advertisement, through the interview to hiring to broaden diversity
  • How to be mindful of societal conditioning in order to retain good talent 

Who Should Attend

Any attorney wishing to learn more about how to diversify and make their practice more inclusive.  

CLE Credit

2.0 CT (Ethics); 2.0 NY (D&I)

Speakers

angela-robinson Hon. Angela C. Robinson (Ret.)
Quinnipiac University School of Law, Hamden

John Letizia John M. Letizia
Letizia Ambrose & Falls PC, New Haven

Moderator

Michelle Querijero2 Michelle Querijero
Farmington




DI03 Mental Health and Acquired Issues in the Disability Context

June 17, 2021

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM (Eastern Daylight Time)

The Diversity and Inclusion Track

Presented by the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

About the Program

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. 

You Will Learn

  • What issues are considered to be a disability
  • The factors that contribute to attorneys not knowing they have a disability/ignore that they have a disability
  • How firms and other organizations can support attorneys with disabilities 

Who Should Attend

Law firm personnel, lawyers with acquired health conditions, and anyone interested in disability terms. 

CLE Credit

1.0 CT (Ethics)

Speakers

Stephen Byers Stephen M. Byers
Disability Rights Connecticut, Hartford

Michelle M. Duprey
City of New Haven—Office of Corporation Counsel, New Haven

Kimberly Jacobsen Kimberly Jacobsen
Commission on Human Rights & Opportunities, Hartford

Moderator

Kathy Flaherty Kathleen Flaherty
Connecticut Legal Rights Project Inc., Middletown




FL05 The POWER Act: Pro Bono Representation and the Prevention of Domestic and Sexual Violence

June 17, 2021

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (Eastern Daylight Time)

The Family Law Track 
 
Presented by the Pro Bono Committee 

About the Program

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.  

You Will Learn

  • How to encourage lawyers to provide pro bono resources in an effort to assist victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking as they navigate the legal system
  • How to educate the legal community about the importance of pro bono services and the issues unique to the representation of victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking
  • About legal resources, available survivor assistance programs, training available through the CBA, and how to pledge to provide pro bono services  

Who Should Attend

Lawyers committed to greater access to justice for victims and survivors and to expanding their pro bono practice to include cases involving victims of domestic violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking. Also invited and important to include are non-lawyers working on the front lines of this issue, including victim-witness advocates, service providers, probation officers, and law enforcement.

CLE Credit

2.0 CT (1.0 General; 1.0 Ethics); 2.0 NY (1.0 AOP; 1.0 Ethics) 

Speakers

Hon. Chase T. Rogers (Ret.)
Day Pitney LLP, Hartford

Hon. Christopher F. Droney (Ret.)
Day Pitney LLP, Hartford

Ines Cenatiempo
US Attorney’s Office, Bridgeport

Pilar Gonzalez
US Attorney’s Office, New Haven

Edward J. Heath
Robinson+Cole, Hartford

Margaret Groban
US Attorney’s Office, District of Maine, Portland, ME

Rhonda Morra
Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV), Glastonbury

Moderators

Hon. Kari A. Dooley
United States District Court District of Connecticut, Bridgeport

Alina Marquez Reynolds
Grace Farms Foundation, New Canaan




TT05 The Appealing Road to Ethical Ruin


June 17, 2021

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM (Eastern Daylight Time)

The Trial Track 

Presented by the Appellate Advocacy Section 

About the Program

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. 

You Will Learn

  • How to anticipate and avoid making ethical mistakes in appellate litigation
  • How to identify ethical mistakes made by opposing counsel
  • How to interact ethically with the appellate tribunal and opposing counsel 
  • How to provide appellate advocacy that is both effective and ethical 

Who Should Attend

Litigators who advocate in appellate tribunals regularly or occasionally.  

CLE Credit

1.0 CT (Ethics); 1.0 NY (Ethics) 

Speakers

Justice Ecker Justice Steven D. Ecker
Connecticut Supreme Court, Hartford

Jennifer G Brown Jennifer G. Brown
Quinnipiac University School of Law, North Haven

Moderator

Thomas Donlon Thomas J. Donlon
Robinson+Cole, Stamford