CBA Hosts Largest Connecticut Legal Conference to Date

Written Thursday, June 21, 2018

More than 1,300 attorneys, judges, paralegals, and other legal professionals from throughout the state gathered on June 11 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford for the 2018 Connecticut Legal Conference. The day began with a networking breakfast, which included alumni receptions for Quinnipiac University School of Law, UConn School of Law, and Western New England University School of Law, giving attendees the opportunity to connect with colleagues and classmates before heading to the day’s first education session.

This year’s conference featured over 40 CLE seminars across eleven different tracks with topics ranging from blockchain, mindfulness for lawyers, and diversity and inclusion, along with an entire track dedicated to legal technology.

Among the eleven seminars that began the day, Justice Maria A. Kahn, CBA President Karen DeMeola, Fred Lee, James G. Leipold, and Asker A. Saeed spoke to attendees on the strategies for achieving meaningful racial and ethnic diversity and inclusion within their law firms and organizations in their seminar, “Why ‘One Size Fits All’ Efforts Fail: Tackling the Biases That Still Frustrate Meaningful Racial and Ethnic Diversity and Inclusion.” Attendees learned how stereotypes and biases operate to keep racially and ethnically diverse individuals from succeeding in the profession, as well as effective strategies for organizations to disrupt those obstacles to diversity and inclusion.

The CBA Annual Meeting Luncheon recognized the service of Attorney General George Jepsen, who will retire in the fall, and CBA Past President Donat C. Marchand, who served on the CBA House of Delegates since 1981 and the Board of Governors since 1985, as well as judges taking senior and referee status. Along with these recognitions, the 2018-2019 officers were installed: 95th president of the CBA, Jonathan M. Shapiro; President-elect Ndidi N. Moses; Vice President Amy Lin Meyerson; Secretary Dahlia Grace; Treasurer Vincent P. Pace; Assistant Secretary-Treasurer Aidan R. Welsh; and Immediate Past President Karen DeMeola.

CBA Executive Director Keith J. Soressi welcomed guests to the luncheon, followed by remarks from Chief US District Judge Janet C. Hall and Connecticut Supreme Court Chief Justice Richard A. Robinson, in his first speech for the association in his role as chief justice.

Keynote luncheon speaker, Aaron Keller, discussed bridging the gap between law and journalism by analyzing the cases of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey in the hit Netflix docuseries Making a Murderer, in which Attorney Keller appeared for his role as a local reporter during the trial. He also presented a seminar later in the day, “Access to Justice: Confessions, Ethics, and High Publicity in Making a Murderer.”

Immediately following the final session of seminars, the President’s Reception, sponsored by Murtha Cullina LLP and Shapiro Law Offices LLP, was held for all attendees to mingle with colleagues and discuss the day’s events as well as the year to come, over cocktails and an assortment of appetizers.

The CBA would like to thank all those that helped make the Connecticut Legal Conference a great success—the attendees, exhibitors, and the sponsors, particularly Platinum sponsor Kronholm Insurance Services, and Gold sponsor CATIC.

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