Karen Lee Torre
Karen Lee Torre, a New Haven trial lawyer, litigates civil rights issues in the federal court. Her e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, June 9, 2008 | by Karen Lee Torre | The Connecticut Law Tribune
Monday, June 2, 2008 | by Karen Lee Torre | The Connecticut Law Tribune
Many are used to workplaces where people come and go. Law firm environments are especially known for revolving door associates and legal support staff circulating among firms, sometimes for reasons of higher pay or better conditions, sometimes because they got the boot. In my career I was lucky once. I had a legal assistant who was perfect and I had her for seven years until she finally earned her bachelor's degree at night school and moved on to become an elementary school teacher, something she always wanted. After that, I was like Murphy Brown.
Monday, May 26, 2008 | by Karen Lee Torre | The Connecticut Law Tribune
I doubt I'll pad my fan base with this dissenting opinion regarding the CBA's "Gender Equity" initiative. But dissent I must. The CBA is way out of line with this program which, by force of bench/bar pressure, goads law firms to sign a "pledge" agreeing not only to adopt legally suspect gender-conscious "best practices" but to submit to the authority and oversight of CBA officials respecting their compliance with the pledge. With this initiative, the CBA marches in lockstep with the ABA's egregiously offensive conduct in harassing law schools and law firms to adopt lawless admissions and hiring quotas.
Monday, May 19, 2008 | by Karen Lee Torre | The Connecticut Law Tribune
The Sanctuary City of New Haven has provoked protracted proceedings before the State's Freedom of Information Commission over its refusal to honor requests for information surrounding its controversial "IDs for Illegal Aliens" program. The FOIC consolidated the cases of two complainants who allege the city's refusal to disclose information about its activities violates the state's freedom of information laws and regulations. This is hardly the first time New Haven officials have responded to FOIA requests by ensnaring those who made them in endless bureaucratic proceedings before the FOIC. They know how to game the system.
Monday, May 5, 2008 | by Karen Lee Torre | The Connecticut Law Tribune
There has been much talk of course about the stunning reversal of fortune for the plaintiff in Pelletier v. Sordoni/Skanska upon the Connecticut Supreme Court's overturn of the judgment. The amount at stake, from a jury's verdict and accrued interest, totaled more than $41 million. That is a massive amount of money. The plaintiff, a construction worker severely injured by a falling beam, must have been devastated by this outcome. News of it must have hit his counsel, presumably on contingency, right in the pit of the stomach. Verdicts of that height come once in a lifetime and, for most personal injury lawyers, never.
Monday, April 14, 2008 | by Karen Lee Torre | The Connecticut Law Tribune
Last summer I wrote of the ABA's marked decline in membership and considerable loss of prestige and influence on the matter of judicial nominations. Well-documented instances of offensive tactics used by ABA officials to skew ratings of conservative judicial nominees revealed the ABA for what it had become
Monday, April 7, 2008 | by Karen Lee Torre | The Connecticut Law Tribune
An amusing line came from a favorite actress (what ever became of Paula Prentiss?). Upon hearing a "Stepford wife" profusely apologize for goofy behavior at a garden party, purportedly on account of alcohol excess (actually her internal computer had malfunctioned), Prentiss's character quipped, "If I had to apologize for every time I got smashed, I'd be running around saying '
Monday, March 31, 2008 | by Karen Lee Torre | The Connecticut Law Tribune
My column contains my opinions. I own them. I sign my name to them. They are honestly held and I'll defend them to the ground. It is time for the