Editorial: NLRB Drops The Ball On College Sports Unions

By now, every collegiate sports fan is aware that the National Labor Relations Board's Chicago regional office has declared Northwestern University college football athletic scholarship recipients eligible for union representation.

Editorial: Fix Our Highways Now

As anyone who has driven on Interstate 84, I-91, and especially I-95 knows, our interstate highway system is rapidly deteriorating. And that's true not just of interstates in Connecticut, but nationwide. Potholes, crumbling pavement, and weakening bridge supports need to be repaired sooner rather than later.

Editorial: Stop The Connecticut Chainsaw Massacre

The Public Utility Regulatory Authority (PURA) has one last opportunity to put the brakes on a radical utility line-clearing proposal that would remove any tall tree growing within eight feet to the right and to the left of utility distribution lines, from ground to sky, regardless of the health of the tree.

Editorial: CBA Is Failing In Diversity Efforts

If the profession is to be successful in diversifying the bar, then the volunteer bar associations must take the lead. It is unreasonable for bar associations to sit back and publicly lament the lack of diversity among law firm partnerships or in the judiciary, all the while failing to elect a lawyer of color to lead their organizations.

Editorial: Time To Serve Clients Of Modest Means

Much has been written about the simultaneous shortage of employment opportunities for lawyers and affordable legal services for persons of moderate means. Less has been said about the opportunities that this market situation might provide for addressing both of those problems.

Editorial: Campaign Finance Ruling A Boon For New Robber Barons

In October 1902, in the midst of a months-long strike by the United Mine Workers Union, the coal operators' representative, George Baer, flatly refused to meet with the UMW's president, John Mitchell. Baer said that Mitchell was "only a common coal-miner, who worked with his hands for 15 years, and was now a labor agitator."

Editorial: Marijuana And The Rule Of Law

We have heard quite a lot of late about the rule of law in Connecticut and elsewhere. The Connecticut Bar Association even sponsored two seminars in recent years on that precise subject. One of the speakers, a top business leader in Connecticut, raised many eyebrows when he said one of the reasons he would prefer to do business in China rather than in Russia is that China, in spite of all the differences from our legal system, takes the rule of law more seriously than Russia does.

Editorial: UConn Fundraisers Need To Be Wary Of Legal Issues

All of us in Connecticut should be proud of the rising prestige of our University of Connecticut, originally founded as an agricultural college in Storrs in 1881. The 2014 edition of "Best Colleges," published by U.S. News & World Report, ranks UConn as the 57th best national university in the country, obviously behind such eminences such as Princeton, Harvard and Yale, but ahead of Syracuse, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Rutgers, etc.

Editorial: Supreme Court Decorum

On Feb. 26, 2014, Noah Kai Newkirk said a few words at the Supreme Court of the United States. The problem was that he was not supposed to be speaking; he was there as a spectator.

Editorial: Time For These Mental Health Records To See Daylight

Part of the role of Connecticut's Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services is to de-stigmatize the image of mental illness, to promote understanding and to encourage treatment.

Editorial: Stolen Goods, Whose Interests Should Be Protected?

Once upon a time — say, last October — someone stole a significant amount of jewelry from a home in which he was working as a contractor. He drove directly from that home to a store that widely advertises that it purchases gold, jewelry, coins, and the like, and sold the jewelry.

Editorial: Lessons Learned From Dewey Debacle

In May 2012, only five years after the international, white shoe law firms of Dewey Ballantine and LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae had merged, the resulting mega-firm, Dewey & LeBoeuf, filed for bankruptcy.

Editorial: Stricter Child Abuse Reporting Laws Are Needed

Many of us remember that, around 1997, Douglas Perlitz obtained funding to found Project Pierre Toussaint (PPT), a school for boys in Cap-Haitien, Haiti. Initially, PPT began as an intake center referred to as the 13th Street Intake Program and provided services to children of all ages, most of whom were street children.

Editorial: Preserving Legal Aid Funding

On Feb. 24, in an editorial called "Support Legal Aid By Keeping Filing Fees In Place" we urged that the General Assembly preserve the source of legal aid funding it established in 2009 by enacting Senate Bill 31. Gov. Dannel Malloy proposed the measure to maintain $5 million in annual legal aid support from filing fee increases by eliminating the sunset provision which will otherwise automatically terminate that funding.

Editorial: Judicial Independence Under Attack In Family Law Controversy

Superior Court Judge Leslie Olear recently came within a hair of being out of a job when her reappointment after eight years in office succeeded in the House of Representatives on a close vote of 78-67.

Editorial: Legislators Should Stay In Their Lanes

A recent front page article in the New York Times headlined "Karzai Warned Over Release Of Detainees" told of three members of the U.S. Senate bringing pressure on the president of Afghanistan concerning his country's plan to release dozens of prisoners who were accused of attacking members of the U.S. military.

Editorial: No One Joining The ABA? Well, Raise The Price

Buried in the back of a recent issue of one ABA Journal was the American Bar Association's treasurer's report. ABA members should review that report because the association is preparing the ground for a dues increase.

Editorial: Legislature Should Provide Full PILOT Funding

New Haven, like other major cities in Connecticut, is home to private colleges, universities and hospitals. It is also the site of state-owned and -operated offices and facilities. All of those institutions serve residents of surrounding towns as well as people living in New Haven.

Editorial: Support Legal Aid By Keeping Filing Fees In Place

The idea to fund legal aid organizations through use of IOLTA funds was a stroke of genius that provided ample financial support and harmed no one. At its peak in Connecticut in 2007, IOLTA funding amounted to $20 Million, and Connecticut's legal aid organizations were supported at a stable and even generous level.

Editorial: Is Door Open for Nonlawyer Ownership Of Firms?

Subsection (d) of Rule 5.4 (Professional Independence of a Lawyer) of the Rules of Professional Conduct is unambiguous and unequivocal: A lawyer shall not practice with or in the form of a professional corporation or association authorized to practice law for a profit if: 1) A nonlawyer owns any interest therein…. 2) A nonlawyer is a corporate director or officer thereof or occupies the position of similar responsibility in any form of association other than a corporation. 3) A nonlawyer has the right to direct or control the professional judgment of a lawyer.

Editorial: A Time for Trial

On January 6, 2010, John M. Farren was arrested and charged with 4 serious felonies: attempted murder, 2 counts of assault in the first degree and risk of injury to a child for the brutal and highly publicized attack on his then wife, Mary Margaret Farren in the presence of their 2 small children.

Editorial: Ending Tenure Won't Solve Law Schools' Problems

After the initial shock of years of layoffs in law firms, and after years of law students in a panic over the dwindling job pool, one of the groups that has long had some of the best job security in the legal profession is now the target of layoffs: law professors.

Editorial: Preventing Sexual Assaults On College Campuses

One proposal would begin requiring college officials to begin accepting complaints about off-campus assaults from students. Currently, schools are only required to accept complaints if an assault happened on campus.

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Editorial: What To Do With Edward Snowden?

Edward Snowden broke the law. There seems to be little, if any, doubt about that. The problem is that his case presents us with the same conundrum faced when Sir Thomas Moore refused to bow to King Henry's royal will, when abolitionists ignored the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, and when Rosa Parks refused to take her seat in the back of he bus.

Editorial: A Necessary Change In Conn.'s Practice Book Rules

As everyone in Connecticut who reads a newspaper knows, in the spring of 2012 the Connecticut legislature legalized medical marijuana in this state. The Department of Consumer Protection has put in place regulations to govern the use, production and sale of medical marijuana that are clear, thorough and strict.

Editorial: Bank Secrecy: Why Guarantee Wrongdoers Anonymity?

When a state-insured financial institution fails, and Connecticut taxpayers foot the bill, the public is left in the dark as to the causes of the failure. In Connecticut, as elsewhere, if a state financial institution should go into receivership, the relevant regulatory reports by publically-funded examiners — regarding loans to favored insiders, directors, and officers and politicians — are sealed from public view.

Editorial: End Capital Punishment Now

The first week of January 2014 saw the beginning of the penalty phase hearing in Bridgeport Superior Court in the Roszkowski case. This is the case where the defendant has been convicted of three murders including that of a 9-year-old girl.

Editorials: What Lawyers And Law Firms Can Do

When an earthquake devastated Haiti in 2010, gender-based violence became more frequent as women living in tent camps had little physical barriers to protect them. Jayne Fleming, pro bono counsel at the international law firm Reed Smith, had the unique idea that she would try to help these women secure humanitarian parole in the United States. The alternative, to do nothing, was not really an option.

Editorial: When Reproductive Rights Meant Criminal Prosecution

Just before the end of 2013, Dr. Kenneth C. Edelin died. Although his name draws little attention today, he became the subject of a criminal prosecution for performing an abortion in a municipal hospital in Boston more than 40 years ago. Occurring not long after the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision in Roe v. Wade, this is a sordid tale of a young physician and an even younger female patient caught in the cross hairs of a politically motivated prosecution. It is a reminder of the passion then and now over the issue of abortion.

Editorial: The FBI As A Crime Enabler

In 2011, the FBI authorized the commission of 5,658 crimes or, as the crime-fighting agency designates them, "otherwise illegal activities." The FBI's mandate, pursuant to 28 USC 533, is to "detect and prosecute crimes against the United States." How did that mission mutate into the approval of crimes?

Opinion: Inland Wetlands And Watercourses Act Does Have Teeth

To The Editor: We were surprised to read the Dec. 12, 2013, Connecticut Law Tribune's editorial "The Myth of Wetlands Enforcement in Connecticut," which describes Connecticut's Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Act, General Statutes §22a-36 to 44 as an ineffectual scheme for protecting our state's wetlands and watercourses.

Editorial: A Quiz On Corporate Rights

The Supreme Court then concludes that corporations can be 'persons' exercising religion for purposes of the statute and that, as a matter of constitutional law, free exercise rights may extend to some for-profit organizations.

Editorials: Law Student Volunteers And The Unauthorized Practice of Law

Law students from all three of Connecticut's law schools currently provide volunteer assistance in the New Haven and Hartford Superior Courts to self-represented individuals seeking domestic violence protective orders. This is a valuable service to the applicants and to the courts, helping to insure that applications for temporary restraining orders (TROs) are properly prepared, and that applicants are informed about what they need to do to have their orders served by marshals and about the court process after the respondents are served.

Editorial: Affordable Housing Still Needed

The lack of affordable housing has been and continues to be a problem for everyone in Connecticut. As a first step toward a remedy, in 1988 the General Assembly enacted Connecticut General Statutes §8-30g to promote opportunities for the construction of more affordable housing in the state.

Editorial: Learning From Parkinson's Laws

C. Northcote Parkinson promulgated laws applicable to corporate operations in the 1950s, the most famous of which is Parkinson's Law No. 1: "Work expands to fill the time available for its completion."

Editorial: New Rules For Nonprofits

On Nov. 29, the Internal Revenue Service published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Federal Register intended to provide new guidance regarding the nature and extent of political activities that may be conducted by tax-exempt 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations.

Editorial: Just Punishment And Redemption

Lawyers have fiduciary obligations to their clients; a special, high level duty of trust. Those obligations include zealous representation and protection of the client's interests, including financial interests. Stealing from a client is in our view a "zero tolerance" offense.

Editorial: Unwanted Twitter Publicity Provides Valuable Lesson

It began with a simple letter: "The City of Danbury hereby orders you to CEASE AND DESIST publication of and/or comment on the deposition transcripts from the matter of DaCosta v. Danbury on www.HatCityBLOG.blogspot.com and/or any other internet and/or social media site, including Twitter and Facebook that are currently in your possession, custody, and control…The reason for this cease and desist is to protect a variety of privacy rights were [sic] implicated the minute the full text of the transcripts were released.

Editorial: Prosecutors Shouldn't Be Hiding Crime Records

Danbury prosecutor Stephen Sedensky and Michelle Cruz, a former prosecutor and State Victim Advocate, have recently been talking up the need to protect Newtown survivors from sights or sounds that bring back the events of that horrifying day.

Editorial: Myth Of Wetlands Enforcement In Connecticut

The sad fact is that if you want to destroy wetlands in Connecticut and get away with it, you can. It is not that hard, despite what appears to be a comprehensive and strict statutory structure that should stop you in your tracks.

Editorial: Nelson Mandela And The Power Of The Law

Maybe, during a year when this nation celebrates the sesquicentennial of important milestones from the Civil War and the golden anniversary of pivotal events of the Civil Rights Movement, it is fitting that, just before it ends, Nelson Mandela died.

Editorial: What Were They Thinking!

A common refrain heard after a legislative session finishes and its work product (laws adopted) is reviewed is, "What were they thinking?" Sometimes this question is asked by someone challenging the wisdom of the law even though the language is clear on its face. And sometimes the question is asked because the law is unclear and ambiguous. When that is the case, the courts may, in interpreting a statute, look at the legislative intent.

Editorial: Improving Local Financing Opportunities

Connecticut's cities and towns need better, more flexible financing tools to compete successfully for new businesses and jobs. In a world where federal financial assistance is disappearing, and state funds are difficult to raise, municipalities must seek alternative solutions giving them local control over funding sources.

Editorial: Lawyer Impairment Is A Serious And Growing Crisis

The statistics are stark and unsettling. Lawyers have the highest suicide rate of any profession. Attorneys suffer from drug and alcohol addiction at twice the rate of the general population. And 25 percent of male attorneys and 40 percent of female lawyers experience clinical depression during their careers—once again, more than any other profession.

Editorial: Articulate Gently The Motion For Articulation

Until this year, Connecticut's appellate articulation rules were applied harshly to appellants. Briefly, what Practice Book §66-5 said, as clarified by the Supreme Court on numerous occasions since the rule was adopted in 1978, was that if a trial court decision was unclear, it was the appellant's duty (unless the issue concerned an alternate basis to affirm, in which case it was the appellee's duty) to try to get it clarified.

Editorial: From Students To Professionals

Law schools, since times of the legendary Harvard Dean Christopher Columbus Langdell, have concentrated first and foremost on analytical training of law students. Learning to "think like a lawyer" has been the core of every law school's program, and until the last few decades when clinical education gained recognition, that analytical training has been nearly the sole focus of law school courses.

Editorial: Decision On Newtown 911 Tapes Requires A Delicate Balance

Currently before trial Judge Eliot Prescott is the issue of whether the Freedom of Information Commission's (FOIC) unanimous decision releasing the tapes of the 911 calls from the Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012 was proper.

Editorial: Looking At The Future

Connecticut's own Fred Ury, along with Jordan Furlong, recently authored an article for "Bar Leader," a publication of the American Bar Association's Division for Bar Services. It is a short article but a thought-provoking one nonetheless.

Editorial: Is The Connecticut Bar Association Meeting Needs Of Members?

The constitution of the CBA mentions that coordination with other bar associations in the state is a goal of the organization, but it is not clear to what extent that happens. Is The Connecticut Bar Association Meeting Needs Of Members?

Editorial: Fostering Associate Growth In Writing

Anyone who has worked in a large law firm knows there is a wide range of writing ability among associates, and that junior associates' work product is usually reviewed and edited by senior associates or counsel. The hope and expectation is that as associates receive feedback, their writing will improve.

Editorial: Civil Litigation Reform, The Time Is Now

Recently, the Connecticut Bar Association announced that providing legal representation for the indigent in civil cases would be a top priority for the coming year. This is a laudable goal, but it is not enough.

Editorial: New Teeth For Tort Claims

Any lawyer who deals with real estate needs to know about a Connecticut Supreme Court decision a year ago that may have expanded the potential for landlord and other property owner liability. It is a "sleeper," probably overlooked by many because it comes cloaked in the guise of a dog bite case.

Editorial: The Government's Emerging Monopoly of Secrets

In a recent editorial, "Chilling Effect? Or Permanent Freeze?" (Connecticut Law Tribune, Aug. 12, 2013), we described (our words) "a frightening, Orwellian climate of secrecy, snooping and overreaching by our government," with particular reference to right to counsel, freedom of speech and of the press.

Editorial: Disarray In IRS Exempt Organizations Division

Although many dabble, there probably are few lawyers in Connecticut whose practice primarily focuses on the problems of tax-exempt organizations. Their work concerns the drafting of the organizational documents, the filing of exemption applications with the Internal Revenue Service, wrestling with problems of public charity against private foundation status, avoiding potential tax penalties, and dealing with IRS audits.

Editorial: Raise The Retirement Age For Judges

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg shows no signs of slowing down as she gets older, now having celebrated her 80th birthday. While battling through her illnesses, she has maintained her role not only as an active justice, but also as an active speaker and educator around the world. Her contributions support New York's current proposal to raise the mandatory retirement age of state judges from 70 to 80.

Editorial: Shelter From The Storm

Domestic violence is "a pattern of coercive, controlling behavior that can include physical abuse, emotional or psychological abuse, sexual abuse or financial abuse. It is a pervasive, life-threatening crime that affects thousands of individuals in Connecticut regardless of age, economic status, race, religion, sexual orientation or education," according to the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV).

Editorial: More Help For Veterans

A recent conference co-sponsored by the West Haven-based Connecticut Veterans Legal Center and New York City Bar Justice Center highlights the complex and pervasive legal problems faced by veterans of America's recent wars.

Editorial: When Will Health Care Be Free From Discrimination?

It has often been said that a society is ultimately judged by how it treats its weakest and most vulnerable members. Connecticut has done much to promote equality and provide opportunities for all of our citizens – far more than many other states and nations – and has a well-deserved reputation for protecting our weakest and most vulnerable citizens from discrimination.

Editorial: The Law School Crisis And The Rush To Judgment

Are we then being prudent when we conclude that the third year of law school is a boring waste of time? Or is it just as reasonable to argue that the third year provides an opportunity a law student will never again have to hone her skills.

Editorial: Zero Tolerance For Extremism

"Jefferson, wake up! They've gone crazy!" blared the headline from the French newspaper Le Monde. American politicians throughout history have squabbled, fought, and even caned each other to resolve political differences.

Editorial: A Second Look

Last year, the Conference of Chief Justices and the Conference of State Court Administrators passed a joint resolution recommending the adoption by state courts of alternative model language for Rule 2.2 of the Model Code of Judicial Conduct specifically referring to self-represented litigants (SRLs).

Editorial: Judicial Assistance To Self-Represented Litigants

Last year, the Conference of Chief Justices and the Conference of State Court Administrators passed a joint resolution recommending the adoption by state courts of alternative model language for Rule 2.2 of the Model Code of Judicial Conduct specifically referring to self-represented litigants (SRLs).

Editorial: Only A First Step For Medical Marijuana

Ailing patients, marijuana growers, prescribing physicians, and dispensing pharmacists are off and running, or maybe we should say "smokin'," with the recent approval of state regulations implementing Public Act 12-55, An Act Concerning the Palliative Use of Marijuana, which legalized medical marijuana in Connecticut.

Editorial: Jacob 'Jack' D. Zeldes, 1930-2013

When Jack Zeldes walked into the room, things seemed to brighten up. Even if you were his opponent, Jack's presence itself was enough to enliven the occasion.

Editorial: The Time Is Now For Civil Litigation Reform

Recently the Connecticut Bar Association announced that providing legal representation for the indigent in civil cases would be a top priority for the coming year. This is a laudable goal, but it is not enough. The civil justice system is broken and beyond band-aid fixes.

Editorial: What's Going On In Connecticut Prisons?

While prisoner's rights issues don't usually resonate with the public, we feel obligated to comment on several recent events concerning prisoners here in Connecticut.

Editorial: Lawyers Not Invited

The Connecticut Supreme Court recently decided in Barros v. Barros that it is not a violation of a parent's due process rights to exclude that parent's lawyer from a court-ordered Family Relations evaluation.

Editorial: Keno Gambling Sneaks Into Connecticut

In the waning days of the 2013 session, the Connecticut General Assembly, without hearing or debate, hurriedly approved a budget provision authorizing the Connecticut Lottery Corporation to operate keno lottery games in Connecticut.

Editorial: Punishing Syria: Justifiable Or Legal?

In a previous editorial, the Law Tribune Editorial Board expounded upon the importance of remaining vigilant in upholding the rule of law when determining the response to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's criminal use of chemical weapons against his own people.

Editorial: Punishing Assad, A Close Shave for Our Own Rule of Law

When Congress reconvenes, the top item of business will be what to do about Syria.

Editorial: Gay Marriage Rulings Show Strong Relationship Between Court, Public

At 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, texts, emails, tweets, and Facebook messages were alive with activity about the Supreme Court's decisions striking down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act's Section 3.

Editorial: The Strange Case Of Judge Brunetti

The recent conviction of Dominic Joseph Badaracco for attempted bribery reads like a grade B movie involving a motley cast of characters, including a sitting judge of the Superior Court.

Letter To The Editor: Firm Secretary Accused Of Stealing

I am writing to the editor in response to your August 8th article concerning the Waterbury law firm secretary accused of stealing $1 million. I am certain that many attorneys in private practices both small and large asked themselves if they too were at risk for something of this nature happening to their firms.

Editorial: The Future of Medical Marijuana May Rest In Municipal Hands

Medical marijuana is about to become a reality in Connecticut. The legislature has legalized it and regulations governing it have been drafted by the Department of Consumer Protection and are expected to be approved in late August or September.

Editorial: Lessons From Penn State Football

The fabled Penn State Football program has been challenged over the past several years, leading to the firing of the legendary football coach, Joe Paterno (who subsequently died), the ousting (among other parties) of Penn State President, Graham Spanier, and Penn State Athletic Director, Tim Curley, along with the Vice President of Finance and Business.

Editorial: PILOT Grants, A Statute Violated

State statute requires that the state provide payments in lieu of tax (PILOT) grants to towns for property taxes that these towns cannot collect on exempt property. Property tax exemptions are mandated by the state and include private colleges, hospitals and other not for profit landowners.

Editorial: Should Good Deeds Counteract Misbehaving?

The past year was memorable for many reasons, not the least being the fall from grace of formerly deemed estimable gentlemen, whose admittedly admirable activities were cited as an excuse to mitigate their offenses.

Editorial: Classified Information

Cases ranging from that of Army Private Bradley Manning, tried by a general court-martial, to that of fugitive government contractor employee Edward Joseph Snowden raise serious questions that have to be addressed.

Editorial: Time For An Integrated Bar In Connecticut?

Critics of state right-to-work laws, which prohibit mandatory membership in a union as a condition of continued employment in a bargaining unit represented by that union, complain that those who enjoy the benefits of union representation in the collective bargaining process and in grievance proceedings — without paying union dues — are "free riders."

Editorial: Is Detroit's Art Trove Subject To Liquidation?

A work of great art is more than an inanimate object — it can succor us as in moments of sadness; in better times it can inspire us to great action. Not surprisingly, such art is protected in many ways.

Editorial: And We Are Not Done Yet

In a year of historic celebrations, a single U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act puts in perspective what much of that history is about.

Editorial: Justice For Bonnie

In 1986, Bonnie Jean Foreshaw, the first person to shoot and kill a pregnant woman in the state of Connecticut, was sentenced to 45 years in prison without the possibility of parole.

Opinion: Loosely Textured Lawyer Trap

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The saga of Zenas Zelotes, the lawyer who championed his right to have an "intimate" relationship with his clients, reached another milestone the other day when Judge Frank D'Andrea ordered him suspended for five months.

Editorial: Prosecutorial Impropriety Or Misconduct

It is a rare event when an appellate court overturns a murder conviction based upon improper prosecutorial summation. That is in fact what occurred in the recent decision of the Connecticut Appellate Court in State v. Santiago.

Editorial: The 100-Year Debate Over Legal Education

Recent critics of legal education, fueled by the declining market for lawyers and the increasing cost of law school, have advocated wholesale changes in legal education and the legal profession.

Editorial: Bullying, Harassment And Discrimination In Schools

The State of Connecticut has enacted numerous laws to prevent bullying and harassment, and to prohibit discrimination of children in our schools. Indeed, just two years ago the state passed new laws to strengthen the old ones, as those had utterly failed to stop the behavior.

Editorial: The Injustice Of Sequestration

Some federal agencies have imposed furloughs to implement the federal sequester under the Budget Control Act of 2011. Lucky for the Justice Department, Attorney General Eric Holder announced in April that the DOJ would have no furloughs this year, even though he had previously said that 14 days of unpaid leave per employee was likely.

Editorial: Simon Bernstein, The Power Of Persistence

If we on the Editorial Board had to come up with a list of the most important cases in the 378-year history of Connecticut, Horton v. Meskill, 172 Conn. 615 (1976), and Sheff v. O'Neill, 238 Conn. 1 (1995), would make the list. Without the persistence of Simon Bernstein, a retired Superior Court judge who died in May at the age of 100, the plaintiffs would not have succeeded in either one of those cases.

Editorial: Truth Or Consequences

How could lawmakers, who received on their desks in the morning a complex, wide-ranging 139-page gun control bill that did not have a public hearing, be reasonably expected to understand the bill and its implications, and, following debate, vote on it early the next morning? Of course, most could not.

Editorial: Judging The Judicial Branch

At a time when it is fashionable to castigate government for either doing too little or too much; for wasting taxpayer dollars or not making adequate investments, Connecticut's Judicial Branch and its administrators deserve kudos.

Editorial: Legal Corps of Connecticut Is A Win

Hats off to Chief Justice Chase Rogers, United Technologies and General Electric for creating Legal Corps of Connecticut. Based on the Teach for America model, Legal Corps of America sounds like a win from every perspective.

Editorial: Coping With Pro Se Litigants

Chief Justice Chase Rogers has put the issue squarely and succinctly: pro se litigants "clog up the court system. Cases are delayed and lengthened, creating frustration for everybody... Litigants with lawyers are better represented in court, which makes this a significant access issue. Access to justice and to our courts simply should not be a privilege offered to some, but a basic right available to all."

Editorial: The Acceptance Of Security Cameras

For those privacy advocates who have been questioning the expanded use of security cameras throughout our country, it is time to face the new reality. There is an acceptance of the ubiquity of cameras in today's world.

Editorial: Closing Guantanamo

After years of fading public interest in Guantanamo Bay and its prisoners, recent events have refocused our attention on the situation the United States has created there. More than 100 Guantanamo detainees are engaging in life-threatening hunger strikes, widely acknowledged to be the result of despair over their uncertain fates.

Editorial: Is Time Right For Non-Lawyer Legal Techs?

In a thoughtful article published in 2004 in the Connecticut Law Review, entitled "Connecticut Unauthorized Practice Laws and Some Options for Their Reform," Yale law Professor Quintin Johnstone proposed several options for expanding non-attorney exemptions to unauthorized practice of law rules.

Editorial: Commodification Of The Legal Profession

Seven years ago, law Professor Tamar Frankel, in her book about the loss of trust and confidence in American business culture, wrote about the commodification of legal and medical services as one example of decline in trust in society generally.

Editorial: Planning For Disaster Relief

With the tragic results of Hurricane Sandy, the Newtown shootings, and the Boston Marathon bombings, there should be guidelines as to how organizations and individuals, wishing to render help, should proceed.

Editorial: Let's Give Discovery Special Masters A Try

Judges and litigators agree that discovery disputes stop the adjudication of cases in their tracks. The disputes arise from many sources — overbroad and unspecific production requests, unnecessary depositions, voluminous document dumping, mixing up the order of documents, outright failure or refusal to produce relevant documents — just to name a few.

Editorial: Welcome To The Bar (Soon)

The Connecticut Bar Examining Committee recently released the names of the applicants who passed the February 2013 Bar Examination. This year, there also will be graduates from the state's three law schools — University of Connecticut, Quinnipiac and Yale — seeking to join the ranks of the legal profession in Connecticut.

Editorial: Why Diversity Matters

Kudos to Justice Sonia Sotomayor for refusing to allow a prosecutor's racist conduct to hide behind an order denying certiorari.