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
Monday, July 13, 2009 | by AMY GOODUSKY | The Connecticut Law Tribune
The stock in trade of most lawyers I know is language. No single class of persons plays as well with semantics, vocabulary, and most pertinently, doctoring the spin of it all. We are famous for tweaking, modifying, shading, couching, maneuvering, posturing, inflaming, exhortation, rumination, innuendo, implication, vindication, fervent advocacy and equally ardent defense. Lawyers are also expert in surreptitiously inserting clauses, codicils, provisos, exceptions, dodges, disclaimers and definitions in our quest for linguistic legerdemain. This stuff is called the fine print.
Monday, July 6, 2009 | by AMY GOODUSKY | The Connecticut Law Tribune
More often than I imagine I will be, I am cooling my heels, in and out of the courtroom, waiting for things to be typed, deponents to arrive, other arguments to proceed before my own; and finally, spinning out the final moments before a deadline expires in order to file a motion for non-suit or order of compliance. At some point, I decided to turn my restless energy into something creative. This is what I was doing when I should have been looking busy - telling the story of a lawsuit in haiku.
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Monday, July 6, 2009 | by EMANUEL MARGOLIS | The Connecticut Law Tribune
President Barack wishes to "turn the page" on America's past torture policies. We must "look to the future," he declares, not the past. That may well serve the politics of the present. But it ill serves the needs of the numerous victims of these policies, many detained without charge and without access to legal advice or assistance. These torture victims cannot simply block out their past humiliations, pain and degradation.
Monday, July 6, 2009 | by NORM PATTIS | The Connecticut Law Tribune
Candor is more than a cardinal virtue among lawyers. It is a professional requirement, something like the air we breathe. Whether dealing with the court or third parties, lawyers are expected to be truthful and fair. Perhaps that makes us quaint. It certainly makes us easy marks for those who view deception as part of their craft.
Monday, June 29, 2009 | The Connecticut Law Tribune
Not since 1978 has Connecticut judged its judges through a comprehensive judicial performance evaluation. It was in that year that the judiciary lobbied the Connecticut Bar Association leadership to end its nationally acclaimed review program. Judicial Branch officials cited fears of an end to judicial independence and potentially unfair attacks on judicial character. The then-chief justice claimed that the judiciary could review the performance of its own judges and would quickly implement a judicial performance program.
Monday, June 22, 2009 | by NORM PATTIS | The Connecticut Law Tribune
I read an interesting essay on judging the other day. The author noted that the image of a federal trial judge sitting dispassionately at trial calling balls and strikes should be supplanted by a new image: the manager, sitting by his or her computer, checking out case reports and researching case law on pending motions. That is not a reassuring image. Many reasons are given for the vanishing trial. Filings in the district court have increased, but the number of cases going to trial has decreased. There have been no new rules of procedure that would account for the decline in trials. The increases in filings suggest we are more litigious than ever.