Fand v. Independent Party of Connecticut
An individual who is not admitted to the bar of the State of Connecticut to practice law may not be capable of filing suit to vindicate the rights of a political party. The plaintiffs, John Dietter and Robert Fand, requested a declaratory judgment from the court, on behalf of the Independent Party of Connecticut. Dietter is the former chair of the party, and Fand is the former deputy treasurer. The plaintiffs, who are attempting to overturn certain nominations and amendments to the party rules, are not admitted to the bar of the State of Connecticut to practice law. The defendant moved to dismiss and argued that the plaintiffs lack standing to file a complaint on behalf of the Independent Party. Connecticut General Statutes §51-88 provides, "A person who has not been admitted as an attorney under the provisions of §51-80 shall not: 1.) Practice law or appear as an attorney-at-law for another, in any court." The court found that the plaintiffs are not filing suit on behalf of themselves, as pro se parties, but on behalf of the Independent Party. The court granted the defendant's motion to dismiss.