Dozen Who Made A Difference

Dozen Who Made A Difference

The Connecticut Law Tribune


Michael Albis Launches Scholarship For Latino Students

For the town of East Haven, 2012 was a year of identity confusion and controversy. Federal authorities arrested four police officers accused of racial profiling and mistreating Latinos during traffic stops. That was followed by controversial remarks by Mayor Joe Maturo, who answered a reporters' question about what he would do for the Latino community by saying, "I might go home and have tacos." That, in turn, was followed by a pro-immigrant march.


Pat Kaplan Spent Decades Fighting For Legal Aid Funding and Clients

When Pat Kaplan began her career at New Haven Legal Assistance Association in 1978, legal aid lawyers weren't considered equals by their brethren in private law firms. Just over a decade earlier, the group's first executive director, Fred Danforth, had actually been barred from bar association meetings. "He was not a real lawyer," Kaplan said, voicing the conventional wisdom of the time.


Visiting Federal Judges Respond to Counter 'Perfect Storm' of Setbacks

As September drew to a close, Connecticut Chief Judge Alvin W. Thompson decided to call for backup. Through a combination of bad news and promotions, Connecticut's federal bench had quickly found itself facing a judge shortage. As a result, federal trial dockets in Bridgeport, New Haven and Hartford were in danger of lagging behind the pace required by the federal speedy trial act, which limits the allowable delays in criminal trials.


Yale Prof Tracey Meares Has Authorities Re-Thinking Anti-Violence Solutions

Tracey Meares is a serious scholar. After earning an undergraduate engineering degree, she attended the University of Chicago School of Law, clerked for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, worked as an antitrust attorney at the U.S. Justice Department. Now she teaches at the Yale Law School, where she's gained a nationwide reputation for her research on police approaches to urban violence.


Chris Meisenkothen Is at The Forefront of Asbestos-related Litigation

At just 38 years old, Chris Meisenkothen has become a go-to guy at a go-to firm for asbestos exposure litigation. Meisenkothen, of Early Lucarelli Sweeney and Meisenkothen in New Haven, manages the firm's asbestos docket in Connecticut and oversees all of the firms' asbestos cases nationwide.


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