TT01

Appellate Brief Writing

June 15, 2021

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

The Trial Track

About the Program

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

You Will Learn

  • The process for choosing appellate issues
  • How to structure your statement of facts
  • How to structure your appellant’s argument
  • How to structure your appellee’s argument, as well as reply argument 

Who Should Attend

Any lawyer who wishes to learn the advanced techniques of good appellate brief writing. 

CLE Credit

1.0 CT (General); 1.0 NY (Skills) 

Speakers

Nina_Elgo_sm Hon. Nina F. Elgo
Connecticut Appellate Court, Hartford

Wesley Horton Wesley W. Horton
Horton Dowd Bartschi & Levesque PC, Hartford




TT02

The Fifth Amendment for Civil Litigators

June 15, 2021

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

The Trial Track

Presented by the Criminal Justice Section 

About the Program

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.  

You Will Learn

  • When a party or witness may invoke his or her 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination
  • How a party or witness may invoke his or her 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination (considering intentional and unintentional waiver)
  • Effects of invoking or waiving one’s Fifth Amendment rights in the context of civil litigation
  • Strategy in approaching 5th Amendment issues   

Who Should Attend

Civil litigators (commercial litigation, personal injury, workers' compensation, insurance defense, family/domestic). 

CLE Credit

1.0 CT (General); 1.0 NY (AOP) 

Speaker

Cody-Guarnieri Cody N. Guarnieri
Brown Paindiris & Scott LLP, Hartford




TT04

Nuts and Bolts of Direct and Cross Examination and Dealing with Experts

June 16, 2021

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

The Trial Track

About the Program

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. 

You Will Learn

  • The Ten Commandments of direct examination
  • The Ten Commandments of cross examination
  • How to effectively elicit the necessary testimony from experts 

Who Should Attend

Attorneys new to trial practice as well as experienced trial practitioners. 

CLE Credit

2.0 CT (General); 2.0 NY (Skills)

Speakers

!No-Headshot Hon. Susan Quinn Cobb
Connecticut Superior Court, Hartford

James-W-Bergenn James W. Bergenn
Shipman & Goodwin LLP, Hartford

 
Mike Chase Michael Chase
Aetna Inc., Hartford




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




TT06

Candor to the Court

June 15, 2021

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

The Trial Track

Presented by the Federal Practice Section 

About the Program

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. 

You Will Learn

  • About discovery disputes, settlement negotiations, motion practice, and how to handle a rogue client 

Who Should Attend

Connecticut federal court practitioners. 

CLE Credit

1.0 CT (General); 1.0 NY (AOP)

Speakers

Robert-Spector Hon. Robert M. Spector
United States District Court District of Connecticut, New Haven

David Atkins David P. Atkins
Pullman & Comley LLC, Bridgeport

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




Other Trial Sessions at the CLC

PT03 Effective Opening and Closing Arguments in Civil Jury Trials

June 16, 2021

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

The President’s Track

Presented by the CBA Executive Committee 

About the Program

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

You Will Learn

  • How to prepare a winning opening and closing argument
  • The three keys to success: 1. Know your case inside and out, 2. Have a winning theme and stick to it, 3. Educate the jury to reach the verdict you desire
  • How to tie in the evidence with your theme during closing arguments 

Who Should Attend

Beginner trial lawyers, lawyers who would like to try a personal injury case, and experienced lawyers who may wish to sharpen their skills. 

CLE Credit

1.0 CT (General); 1.0 NY (AOP)

Speakers

John J. Nazzaro Hon. John J. Nazzaro (Ret.)
The Reardon Law Firm PC, New London

Jay Huntington Jay F. Huntington
Conway Stoughton LLC, Hartford

humbert-polito Humbert J. Polito, Jr.
Polito and Harrington LLC, Waterford

Moderator

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CBA Vice President; Horgan Law Offices, New London