HT01

Coverage for an American Epidemic:
Insurance Coverage Issues Stemming from Opioid Litigation

September 14, 2020

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

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The Hot Topics Track

Presented by the Insurance Law Section

About the Program

Drug overdose is now the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 50. This epidemic has sparked over 3,000 lawsuits throughout the nation against pharmaceutical companies, suppliers, distributors, and health care providers for their alleged role in contributing to the epidemic. With the targets of these lawsuits vigorously defending these suits, it was inevitable that complex insurance coverage issues would emerge. This program will analyze the insurance coverage issues implicated by the opioid epidemic, including an overview of the existing litigation and decisions to date.

You Will Learn

  • The general background behind the opioid crisis
  • An overview of the litigation the opioid crisis has spawned
  • The insurance coverage issues raised by the opioid epidemic and existing litigation
  • Anticipated future litigation and the coverage issues that will likely result

CLE Credit: 1.0 CT (General); 1.0 NY (AOP)

Speakers

Daniel Bryer Daniel E. Bryer
Robinson+Cole, New York, NY

Brian J. Clifford Brian J. Clifford
Saxe Doernberger & Vita PC, Trumbull

Kevin Dean Kevin P. Dean
Marsh USA Inc., New York, NY




HT02

Regulatory Changes on the Horizon

September 14, 2020

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

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The Hot Topics Track

About the Program

Several states are moving forward with exploring new regulations for the profession. Connecticut has instituted a new task force to look at the practice of law. This seminar will explore regulatory changes being proposed in a few states. We will discuss why Supreme Courts are considering these changes and the implications it will have for lawyers from small and large firms.

You Will Learn

  • About how the profession may change how it delivers legal services in the next few years
  • How law firms can plan for the future in a new regulatory environment

CLE Credit: 1.0 CT (Ethics); 1.0 NY (Ethics)

Speakers

Jayne Reardon Jayne Reardon
Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, Chicago, IL

Ury_Frederic Frederic S. Ury
Ury & Moskow LLC, Fairfield




HT03

Accessing Community-Based Care for Disabled Individuals under Age 65

September 14, 2020

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

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The Hot Topics Track

Presented by the Elder Law Section

About the Program

This program will include an overview of Connecticut waiver programs, the functional and financial eligibility requirements for programs, and when these programs apply and when they don’t.

You Will Learn

  • What a waiver is and when it will and won’t help
  • How to get personal care assistance for individuals under 65
  • Which Husky is which, what’s a coverage group, and why it matters
  • What a client can do short of a nursing home

CLE Credit: 1.0 CT (General); 1.0 NY (AOP)

Speaker

Lisa Davis Lisa Nachmias Davis
Davis O’Sullivan & Priest LLC, New Haven




HT05

Seeing All Sides of Investments in Early Stage Companies

September 16, 2020

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

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The Hot Topics Track

Presented by the Business Law Section

About the Program

Early stage companies face many challenges and needs for capital. The closing of financing for an early stage company is not the end but really the beginning of a new collection of people seeking to work together going forward. There are often many parties involved with many different interests and viewpoints, and so it is important to understand the key terms and aspects of such transactions and how to successfully navigate them as a practitioner, regardless of which party is your client.

You Will Learn

  • A combination of a broad overview of laws and issues surrounding investments in early stage companies and analysis of certain key specific issues that often arise in the process
  • An understanding of who the parties are for private investments in early stage companies, and what their interests are and why
  • How best to navigate the issues and challenges to help your clients come to satisfactory results of the process and investment, regardless of which party your client is

CLE Credit: 1.0 CT (General); 1.0 NY (AOP)

Speaker

Jack H Sousa Jack H. Sousa
Lev Berlin & Sousa PC, Norwalk




HT06

An Introduction to Gaming Law

September 14, 2020

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

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The Hot Topics Track

Presented by the Sports and Entertainment Law Section

About the Program

Connecticut and Massachusetts have both seen a significant expansion in casino gaming with the opening of the MGM casino in Springfield in 2018, and with the planned joint venture of Connecticut's Native American tribes to create a competing casino in Bridgeport and/or East Windsor. In light of these developments, Connecticut attorneys will need to be versed in the unique aspects of the law as it applies to the gaming industry. This program will examine the particular features of casino gaming law, detailing the broad architecture of regulation and licensing that overlays the industry. The program will then discuss the role of Native American tribes in casino gaming, particularly the framework of tribal-state relations mandated by the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. Finally, the program will discuss the law and policy sea change in the states, particularly the northeastern states, as to using gaming and sports betting as a vehicle for economic development after the US Supreme Court's decision in Murphy v. NCAA which effectively legalized sports betting nationwide. The prospects for legislation in Connecticut to authorize sports betting will receive particular attention.

You Will Learn

  • An introduction to the law as it applies to the gaming industry
  • About how anti-money laundering statutes, corporate finance laws, etc. apply to the industry
  • About the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) and the mechanics of tribal versus state jurisdiction and how that relates to revenue sharing and economic development for both states and tribes
  • How states are amending laws relating to casino gaming and sports betting to facilitate economic development and growth of the tax base

CLE Credit: 2.0 CT (General); 2.0 NY (AOP)

Speakers

Christine Conley Rep. Christine M. Conley
Connecticut House of Representatives District 40; Embry Neusner Arscott & Shafner LLC, Groton

James Harrington James M. Harrington
Polito & Harrington, Waterford

Steven_McSloy Steven Paul McSloy
Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP, New York, NY

Moderator

Dan Cooper Daniel R. Cooper
Cooper & Kurz, Stamford




HT07

Nuts and Bolts of Remote Trials

September 16, 2020

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

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The Hot Topics Track

Presented by the Executive Committee

About the Program

In this program, you will learn about conducting a hearing/bench trial via online technology. Our panel will provides tips and advice on how to conduct remote trials and hearing. You will learn about available features and use of exhibits, proposed witness protocols, strategies and pitfalls, and best practices from attorneys who have conducted remote trials and hearings.

You Will Learn

  • About conducting a hearing/bench trial via online technology
  • Tips and advice on how to conduct remote trials and hearings
  • About available features and use of exhibits, proposed witness protocols, strategies and pitfalls, and best practices
CLE Credit: 1.0 CT (General); 1.0 NY (AOP)

Speakers

joseph fortner Joseph G. Fortner, Jr.
Halloran Sage, Hartford

jennifer pedevillano Jennifer A. Pedevillano
Halloran Sage, New Haven

jonathan-m-shapiro Jonathan M. Shapiro
Aeton Law Partners LLP, Middletown




Other Hot Topic Seminars at the CLC

DI01 Women and the Legal Profession over the Decades

September 16, 2020

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

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The Diversity and Inclusion/Lawyer Well-Being Track

Presented by the Diversity & Inclusion Committee and the Women in the Law Section

About the Program

As Sarah Grimke once said: “But I ask no favors for my sex...All I ask of our brethren is, that they will take their feet from off our necks, and permit us to stand upright....” In honor of the 19th Amendment Centennial, where women were granted the right to vote, the Diversity & Inclusion Committee and the Women in the Law Section present a moderated intimate conversation about women and diversity in the legal profession over several decades.

You Will Learn

  • How the legal profession has changed over the decades as it relates to women
  • What more needs to be done within the legal profession for women
  • What attendees can do to move the needle to a more inclusive legal profession of diverse women

CLE Credit: 2.0 CT (Ethics); 2.0 NY (D&I)

Speakers

Joette Katz Hon. Joette Katz (Ret.)
Shipman & Goodwin LLP, Hartford

tanya bovee Tanya A. Bovée
Jackson Lewis PC, Hartford

Maggie Castinado Margaret I. Castinado
Office of the Public Defender, New Haven

jequana orr Je’Quana S. Orr
Robinson+Cole, Hartford

Michelle Querijero Michelle Querijero
Allied World Assurance Company, Farmington

Diane Whitney Diane W. Whitney
Pullman & Comley LLC, Hartford

Moderator

lemar.anika.singh Anika Singh Lemar
Yale Law School, New Haven




DI02 The Business Case for Lawyer Well-Being

September 16, 2020

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

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The Diversity and Inclusion/Lawyer Well-Being Track

Presented by the Lawyer Well-Being Committee

About the Program

Across America, companies are recognizing that well-being initiatives are necessary in the workplace, not only from a moral and societal benefit standpoint but it’s also smart business. Learn the benefits of a proactive well-being program and what you can do to get you and your organization started down the path to legal well-being!

You Will Learn

  • What is “well-being”?
  • Why well-being is a “must have,” not a “nice to have”
  • Suggestions for well-being initiatives/steps

CLE Credit: 1.0 CT (Ethics); 1.0 NY (Ethics)

Speakers

Tanyee Cheung Tanyee Cheung
Finn Dixon & Herling LLP, Stamford

Traci Cipriano Traci Cipriano
Yale School of Medicine, New Haven




PT01 AAA Roadside Assistance for the Legal Profession: A-dvances in Technology, A-rtificial Intelligence, and A-lternative Fee Arrangements 

September 14, 2020

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

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The President's Track

Presented by the Executive Committee

About the Program

The seminar will discuss the work of the CBA's COVID-19 and State of the Legal Profession Task Forces, and discuss how they have been working to explore, implement, and promote certain advances in technology, as well as other changes in the way we practice law, to ensure the sustainability of the practice of law, and shrink the access to justice gap.  

You Will Learn

  • About technological advances, alternative fee arrangements, and law firm structures revolutionizing the practice of law
  • About the work of the State of the Legal Profession Task Force and the progress they have made
  • About issues related to closing the access to justice gap

CLE Credit: 2.0 CT (Ethics); 2.0 NY (1.0 Ethics; 1.0 D&I)

Speakers

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

!No-Headshot Hon. John L. Cordani, Sr.
Connecticut Superior Court, Hartford

Austin Berescik-Johns
Law Office of Austin B. Johns LLC, Hartford

Patrick Clendenen Patrick T. Clendenen
Clendenen & Shea LLC, New Haven

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

Karen DeMeola
UConn School of Law, Hartford

Dana Hrelic_2020 Dana M. Hrelic
Horton Dowd Bartschi & Levesque PC, Hartford

Desi_Imetovski Desi Imetovski
University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport

Ralph Monaco Ralph J. Monaco
Conway Londregan Sheehan & Monaco PC, New London

Ury_Frederic Frederic S. Ury
Ury & Moskow LLC, Fairfield

Moderators

Barbara J. Collins BW 150x150 Barbara J. Collins
Law Office of Barbara J. Collins, West Hartford

Monte Frank Monte E. Frank
Pullman & Comley LLC, Bridgeport

kyle labuff Kyle LaBuff


ndidi-n-moses-2019 Ndidi N. Moses
US Attorney's Office, New Haven




PT02 Connecticut’s Eviction Crisis and the Right to Counsel Movement 

September 15, 2020

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

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The President’s Track

Presented by the Executive and Pro Bono Committees

About the Program

Connecticut faces an eviction crisis. According to data made available by Pulitzer-Prize winning scholar Matthew Desmond, four of Connecticut’s cities have the highest eviction rates in the country. Studies increasingly reveal the eviction crisis as a racial justice issue, disproportionately affecting women and children of color. With growing evidence of legal representation as one of the most effective tools to prevent housing instability, cities and states across the country are passing right to counsel legislation and investing in eviction defense programs for low-income renters.

You Will Learn

  • About the eviction crisis in Connecticut from local and national experts
  • About the national right-to-counsel movement (commonly referred to as “Civil Gideon”)
  • Lessons from nearby jurisdictions that have enacted right to counsel or increased access to justice for low-income tenants facing eviction

CLE Credit: 1.0 CT (Ethics); 1.0 NY (D&I)

Speakers

Emily A Benfer Emily A. Benfer
Wake Forest University School of Law, Winston-Salem, NC

AJ Johnson Pastor AJ Johnson
Center for Leadership and Justice; Urban Hope Refuge Church, Hartford

John Pollock John Pollock
National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel, Baltimore, MD

Cecil Thomas Cecil J. Thomas
CBA President-elect, Greater Hartford Legal Aid, Hartford, CT




PT04 Then They Came for Us: The Perils of Silence

September 15, 2020

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

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The President’s Track

Presented by the Diversity and Inclusion and Executive Committees

About the Program

Seventy-five years ago, Executive Order 9066 paved the way to the profound violation of constitutional rights that resulted in the forced incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans. Featuring George Takei and many others who were incarcerated, as well as newly rediscovered photographs of Dorothea Lange, And Then They Came for Us brings history into the present, retelling this difficult story and following Japanese American activists as they speak out against the Muslim registry and travel ban. Knowing our history is the first step to ensuring we do not repeat it. And Then They Came for Us is a cautionary and inspiring tale for these dark times. Join us for a film screening and panel discussion. "It was a failure of American democracy, and yet because most Americans are not aware of that dark chapter of American history, it's about to be repeated." - George Takei, Actor and Activist

You Will Learn

  • The dangers to democracy when the judiciary, as a co-equal branch of government, abdicates its constitutional role as a check/balance on the unbridled exercise of power by the executive branch when it invokes “national security” in order to shield its actions from judicial scrutiny
  • The dangers to the independence of the judiciary and the rule of law
  • The cultural shift we are witnessing today that seeks to redefine what it is to be an American

CLE Credit: 2.0 CT (Ethics); 2.0 NY (D&I)

Speakers

alicia kinsman Alicia R. Kinsman
Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants, Bridgeport

Karen Korematsu Dr. Karen Korematsu
Fred T. Korematsu Institute, San Francisco, CA

Donald_K_Tamaki Donald K. Tamaki
Minami Tamaki LLP, San Francisco, CA

Moderator

Hoyt Zia Hoyt H. Zia
Stop Repeating History, Honolulu, HI




WP02 The ADA at 30: Hot Topics 

September 16, 2020

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

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The Workplace Track

Presented by the Labor and Employment Section

About the Program

This presentation will provide a brief overview of the ADA, past and present, the implications of the ADA on assistance animals in the workplace, and providing leaves of absence as a reasonable accommodation.

You Will Learn

  • ADA historical and present overview
  • Parameters of assistance animals in the workplace
  • Granting leave of absence requests as a reasonable accommodation

CLE Credit: 1.0 CT (General); 1.0 NY (AOP)

Speakers

Paula Anthony Paula N. Anthony
Berchem Moses PC, Milford

Michelle Duprey_2020 Michelle M. Duprey
City of New Haven, New Haven