Friday, October 5, 2012 | by Karen Lee Torre | The Connecticut Law Tribune
We've been robbed of a gem, by a disease as mysterious and elusive today as when it claimed the life of the sports legend whose name is synonymous with it. Like a thief, ALS took Judge Mark R. Kravitz. ALS is at once cruel and merciful ? cruel because it spares the mind while attacking everything else; merciful because, as Judge Kravitz said last year, there is no physical pain.
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Friday, October 5, 2012 | by Norm Pattis | The Connecticut Law Tribune
The news did not surprise me, neither did it devastate me. It simply left me hollow, spent and empty. You see, Mark Kravitz died since this paper last went to print. He was 62 years old, and he suffered from Lou Gehrig's disease.
Friday, October 5, 2012 | by Amy Goodusky | The Connecticut Law Tribune
Practicing law involves unintended consequences. I never realized, for instance, that I would have to actively engage in subterfuge. The subterfuge is necessary if I want to get paid.
Friday, September 28, 2012 | by Karen Lee Torre | The Connecticut Law Tribune
The Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund is about to have its annual dinner, at which it bestows awards on women "who make a difference," that is, those "who are making significant contributions to the advancement of women, girls and their families in Connecticut." That's nice, but CWEALF's decision to bestow an award on Judge Lynda B. Munro raises serious ethical issues.
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Friday, September 28, 2012 | by Norm Pattis | The Connecticut Law Tribune
Lawyers ought to be required to ride circuit, to travel to different regions of the country and appear in courts and before judges they do not know. The forms of justice aren't rigid and ossified. Justice, if that is what we truly do in a courtroom, comes in many forms. There just isn't only one way of doing things.
Dan K's Inferno
Friday, September 28, 2012 | by Dan Krisch | The Connecticut Law Tribune
I am worrying over the recent, trickling exodus from the bench to the bar. In recent months came news that three more of Connecticut's best judges ? Judge Robert Holzberg, Judge Jonathan Silbert and retiring Supreme Court Justice Ian McLachlan ? have decided to depart for the greener pastures of private practice.
Friday, September 28, 2012 | by Mark Dubois | The Connecticut Law Tribune
Legal risk managers often warn against dabbling. The dictionary defines it as a superficial or intermittent interest, investigation, or experiment in an unfamiliar field. I am a lawyer. I write an occasional column for this paper. As a journalist, I am probably a dabbler. I try my best, but I am far from Pulitzer Prize caliber. (Just ask my editor.) A more serious problem occurs when a lawyer dabbles in areas of law that he or she is not conversant with. Bad things often happen.
Friday, September 21, 2012 | by Karen Lee Torre | The Connecticut Law Tribune
A recently concluded prosecution of three men who broke into a Woodbridge woman's home illustrates a flaw in the state's penal code that should be quickly fixed. In response to the atrocities committed against the Petit family in Cheshire, the legislature enacted a "home invasion" law.
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Friday, September 21, 2012 | by Norm Pattis | The Connecticut Law Tribune
A funny thing happened in the court the other day. I notified my adversaries I intended to call an expert or two. The other side asked for a hearing to challenge the witnesses. They claimed the testimony would be little more than junk science.
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Friday, September 21, 2012 | by Jennifer Warner Cooper | The Connecticut Law Tribune
Just over two years ago, I sat in a Rockville courtroom, taking furious notes on the well-publicized habeas corpus trial. I was fresh out of my first year of law school, an intern with the Office of the Chief State's Attorney. When court adjourned for the day, I introduced myself to two of the journalists in the room, mentioning how much I'd enjoyed my brief stint as a regular freelance contributor to the Hartford Courant. "So," one of them asked, "you're working in prosecution now? What made you decide to go over to the other side?"