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Connecticut Lawyer Magazine - April 2016
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April 2016   Volume 26/Number 6


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Tanya A. Bovée Receives Ladder Award
The 2016 recipient Attorney Tanya A. Bovée of Jackson Lewis PC as the 2016 recipient of the Ladder Award. She was presented with the award at the “Pathways to Leadership for Women Lawyers” on March 24 at Grassy Hill Country Club in Orange.
View award winner Tanya A. Bovée's speech
View Women in the Law Section Chair Carmina Tessitore's speech
Women in Law Futures Task Force "Best Practices" Program and Pledge

Is it Time to Extinguish CUTPA's "Cigarette Rule"?

By Robert M. Langer and Benjamin M. Daniels
The article discusses whether the current methodology utilized to analyze unfair acts and practices under the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act (“CUTPA”), called the “Cigarette Rule,” should be jettisoned in favor of the methodology adopted over 30 years ago by the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”), i.e., the unjustified substantial injury test.  The article points out that CUTPA is a “Little FTC Act,” which contains a provision that instructs the Commissioner of Consumer Protection and the courts to be “guided by” interpretations provided by the FTC and the federal courts to the substantive provisions of the FTC Act.
Read a contrasting take on this topic by David Belt
Sign up for CLC seminar “CUTPA After 40 Plus Years: Why So Many Unanswered Questions?” presented by Robert Langer and David Belt

Limited Scope Representation and the Engagement Agreement
By Kimberly A. Knox
The limited scope representation appearance opens the door to a new type of legal practice and allows more attorneys the opportunity to appear in court. As more individuals understand the benefits of the limited scope appearance, it will provide lawyers willing to do this legal work new opportunities to provide legal services to an otherwise lost client base. This article outlines suggestions for handling this type of representation.

Planning for Retirement or Other Absence from Practice
By Patricia King
This article discusses the need to do advance planning for your departure from the practice of law, whether intended or unexpected. The CBA is pleased to offer The Path Out Guide which has a wealth of information and forms to assist in this process.

Path Out Guide

The Hidden Cost of Automobile Accidents Exposed! What You Need to Know About Diminished Value

By Matthew Forrest
With the advent of vehicle history reports, citizens of Connecticut are demanding compensation for their losses when their vehicle is tortiously harmed. This article looks into the new and ever-growing diminished value claim in Connecticut.


President’s Message
Random Reflections on the Fundamental Values of the Connecticut Bar Association
Part IV

By William H. Clendenen, Jr.

A Message from the Executive Director

You Can't Afford Not to be a Member

By Douglas S. Brown

Time to Go Pro Bono

Save a Family: Pro Bono Asylum Cases in Connecticut

By Carolyn Lipp and Claire Simonich

Building Your Practice

How to Pick the Right Retirement Plan for Your Firm

By Christine Hotwagner

Supreme Deliberations

Gleason v. Smolinski, 319 Conn. 394 (2015): Does Free Speech Have a Price When Its Purpose Is To Harass Another Person?

By Charles D. Ray and Matthew A. Weiner

Young Lawyers

The Loyalty of Leaders
By Matthew Necci



Informal Opinions

Court Decisions
Highlights from Recent Superior Court Decisions

News & Events
CBA Events
Peers & Cheers
Members Making a Difference



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