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Welcome To The Hartford County Bar Association
The Hartford County Bar Association is a voluntary not-for-profit association of lawyers and judges in Hartford County, dedicated to promoting public service and furthering the principles of law and justice. Its more than 2000 members actively participate in numerous committees and programs designed to benefit practicing attorneys and the public.
Hartford County Bar Association
100 Pearl Street, 4th Floor
Hartford, CT 06103
Phone: (860) 525-8106
Fax: (860) 293-1345
Matthew Hallisey, an attorney who many HCBA members may know, recently formed his own lobbying and government affairs practice, Matthew Hallisey Government Affairs.
After more than ten years as a lobbyist for the Connecticut Bar Association and Connecticut Construction Industries Association, where he represented the interests of professionals, attorneys and contractors before lawmakers and government agencies in Hartford and Washington, DC, Mr. Hallisey is bringing his experience to a wider clientele.
The HCBA Elects James F. Sullivan President at Annual Meeting 4/24/13
James F. Sullivan of West Hartford, Connecticut, an attorney in the Hartford office of Howard, Kohn, Sprague & FitzGerald, LLP was elected President of the Hartford County Bar Association at its Annual Meeting at The Hartford Golf Club on April 24, 2013. Governor Dannel P. Malloy, served as Keynote Speaker.
Attorney Sullivan held a number of leadership positions within the Association prior to being elected President. Attorney Sullivan practices in the areas of personal injury, commercial and corporate, professional and product liability, employment, consumer, construction, municipal and land use litigation. He received his J.D. with Honors from the University of Connecticut School of Law, where he was editor in chief of the Connecticut Law Review and had received numerous academic awards. He received a B.A., summa cum laude, from Boston College in its honors program and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and received the Scholar of the College Award.
In addition, the following Officers were elected: Mark A. Rosenblum, President Elect; Thomas A. Gugliotti, Treasurer; Anne C. Dranginis, Secretary and Debra C. Ruel, Past President.
The Judge Maxwell Heiman Memorial Award was presented to Attorney Cecil J. Thomas, staff attorney Greater Hartford Legal Aid, Inc. The Outstanding Community Service Award was presented to Elizabeth G. Shluger, Executive Director Hartford Marathon Foundation
The Hartford County Bar Association is a voluntary not-for-profit association of lawyers and judges in Hartford County, dedicated to promoting public service and advancing the principles of law and justice through its more than 2000 members. The Hartford County Bar Association, established in 1783, is reputed to be the oldest continuously operated Bar Association in the country.
CALL FOR NEW MENTORING VOLUNTEERS
The Hartford County Bar Association can take great pride in being a leader in creating and administering a volunteer Mentoring Program. Over the past two years we have matched numerous new members of the Bar with experienced practitioners, for the purpose of helping to develop professionalism and civility in our newest members. We have worked closely with the CBA Task Force on mentoring, in an effort to spread the mentoring resource throughout the State.
A mentoring program cannot exist, however, without a roster of experienced attorneys willing to serve as Mentors. It does not take a great deal of time or effort to serve as a mentor, but the effect that a mentor can have on a new professional can be immeasurable. In addition, those who have mentored young lawyers report a great sense of professional satisfaction and accomplishment. Indeed they provide a tremendous service to our profession.
If you have been in practice for seven years or more, and think you might be able to make a difference in the development of a new member of the bar, please consider volunteering for this program.
NEWS FROM THE JUDICIAL BRANCH:
The Judicial Branch has recently revised and enhanced its alternative dispute resolution programs and has revamped its ADR webpages. The website provides information on civil, family and juvenile ADR programs. The changes came from suggestions that the Branch received from attorneys and are based on recommendations from the Commission on Civil Court Alternative Dispute Resolution. Changes include:
- The Court-Annexed Mediation program has been revamped and renamed Judicial-ADR (J-ADR);
- J-ADR is limited to civil non family cases;
- Parties may now directly schedule a meeting with a judge or they may complete and e-file a court form. Previously, attorneys had to fax a request to a central office to schedule a mediation session; and
- A list of judges who are participating in the J-ADR program is now available on the website.
- The website contains a definitions section.
2013-14 COMMITTEE AND PROJECT MEMBERSHIP
The Hartford County Bar Association is a strong organization, due to the steadfast dedication and involvement
of our members. In preparing for the future of our dynamic organization there is a need for members to participate in all committees. We urge those of you who are active in one or more committees or projects to continue and invite those who have not yet joined to please do so.
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ATTENTION ALL RADIO PERSONALITIES!
As you may be aware, The Hartford County Bar Association, in conjunction with the Lawyer Referral Service and WTIC-AM News Talk 1080, sponsors a radio program - Law Talk. This program, which began as a pilot project in June 2002, provides the radio station’s listening audience with an opportunity to call in and have their legal questions answered. Members of the Hartford County Bar Association - both attorneys and judges - have served as guests and shared their expertise with the listening audience. We are taking this time to update our guest speaker list, so click here for more information if you are interested in participating.