Monday, January 31, 2011 | The Connecticut Law Tribune
Reform of the medical liability system has been a political hot-button issue for many years. The Connecticut legislature has worked hard to reach a balance between the interests of health care providers in avoiding baseless lawsuits, and the rights of plaintiffs in seeking compensation for injuries caused by malpractice.
Monday, January 3, 2011 | The Connecticut Law Tribune
Every year, U.S. high schools graduate some 65,000 undocumented immigrant students, who were brought to this country as young children and have grown up in and become acculturated into American society. They have the same hopes and aspirations as their friends with legal status. However, unlike those friends, these young people are denied the opportunities that make a college education possible-primarily the right to in-state tuition, but also state and federal grants and loans, and the legal right to work their way through college.
Monday, November 8, 2010 | The Connecticut Law Tribune
If there was ever any question about the motivation of the General Assembly in reforming election finance laws, their action during this year's experience shows clearly that the intent of the majority party is - and always will be - to get its candidate elected.
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Monday, September 27, 2010 | The Connecticut Law Tribune
One result of a tight economy is a decline of membership in bar associations. The days when experienced attorneys renewed automatically and newly admitted attorneys joined eagerly are past. As law firms look for ways to tighten their belts, the benefits of belonging to bar associations are being scrutinized. Associations must now market themselves to current and prospective members more aggressively than in previous years.
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Monday, September 13, 2010 | The Connecticut Law Tribune
Everyone is familiar with the investigative tool of matching crime scene DNA with the DNA profiles of convicted felons in the DNA Databank, a technique that has greatly improved the accuracy and efficacy of solving crimes. In that scenario, forensic scientists examine 26 genetic markers on a crime scene sample, creating a profile of an individual that can be compared against felons' DNA profiles in the databank. A match between the crime scene sample and the databank profile indicates that the DNA came from the same person.
Monday, February 22, 2010 | The Connecticut Law Tribune
Imagine opening your mail one day to learn that your checking account was overdrawn, your credit card maxed out, and a collection agency was threatening to sue you for overdue co-payments to a physician. How could this happen? By your calculations, you had a positive bank balance. You paid your credit card bill in full the week before, and subsequent charges were nowhere near your credit limit. And the co-payments? You've never heard of the physician.
Monday, January 11, 2010 | The Connecticut Law Tribune
Dennis C. is 72 and suffering from terminal lung cancer. Chemotherapy and radiation have had little effect. When not inundated with morphine or other drugs, he is in great pain. Dennis's doctor is a highly regarded Connecticut internist. He has watched this disease take over Dennis's life. Yesterday, Dennis asked his doctor if he could give him something to help him die. What can his doctor legally do?
Monday, August 10, 2009 | by NORM PATTIS | The Connecticut Law Tribune
I doubt there is a person of good will in the state who does not empathize with Dr. William Petit of Cheshire. The man's family was slaughtered, and he was beaten and left for dead. To look at the family photo of he, his wife and two daughters displayed in news magazines nationwide is to experience something akin to the tearing of a scab from tender flesh. It is no wonder that when Dr. Petit speaks of his loss, people listen.
Monday, July 27, 2009 | by AMY GOODUSKY | The Connecticut Law Tribune
Don't tell anybody, but I have a degree in theater. When I obtained it, from an eccentric educational institution notoriously devoid of scholastic structure which everyone colloquially called "Camp Hamp" I genuinely believed that I had a future in the performing arts. Of course, I had some evidence that I could perform, having been drafted out of a bathroom at the infamous Mad Murphy's to sing in a rock 'n' roll band.
Monday, July 20, 2009 | by NORM PATTIS | The Connecticut Law Tribune
Hugh Keefe has a gift for superlatives. As one of the deans of Connecticut's defense bar, he has earned the right to make pronouncements as he tap dances through his twilight years. He may not yet have made the cover of