The CBA Young Lawyers Section (YLS) held its annual legislative breakfast virtually over Zoom on April 22. Section members met with State Representative Matthew Blumenthal, who was the guest speaker for the event.
Representative Matthew Blumenthal is a practicing attorney, a member of the YLS, and currently serving his first term as state representative for Connecticut’s 147th district and as house vice chair of the Judiciary Committee. He spoke about his personal experience joining the law firm Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder PC and being elected to the state legislature. While he admitted that there are significant challenges in balancing the responsibilities that he has to his firm and to his constituents as an elected official, Representative Blumenthal asserted that having experience in the legal field is crucial to developing effective and practical bills in his role on the Judiciary Committee. He expressed cautious optimism for current bills being sent to the legislature involving issues of criminal justice reform, prison reform, and cannabis legalization.
Representative Blumenthal encouraged all members of the YLS in attendance to pursue political engagement within their communities as they continue their legal careers.