Forecast 2014: Top Lawyers Look Ahead To The Coming Year
By JOHN WALKLEY
These are complicated times in criminal law. The death penalty as a ultimate punishment has been repealed in Connecticut, but new ways to commit crimes continue to created.
By PETER A. GIULIANI
It is now five years since 2008 and the great economic trough that affected the legal profession like no other recession. Back then, we advised: "Forget about the recession. It's a fact of life. Pay attention to what the eventual recovery will look like and position your firm to take advantage of it." Many are still waiting for that recovery.
By TIMOTHY FISHER
Not in over a hundred years has there been such rapid change in the world of legal education. A model that was developed in the late 19th century has been expanded and built upon for decades, to the point where the U.S. now has more spaces for students in law schools than there are candidates to fill them.
By PETER W. BENNER
Dispute resolution practices are moving in a decidedly positive direction as the term "alternative" becomes outmoded. Approaches other than a default to litigation have become mainstream. These trends will continue to develop as we move into 2014.
By CYNTHIA EXNER
Everyone agrees that our federal immigration system is broken. But finally, it seems, the momentum for dealing with the problem is building in our nation's capital, across the United States and in Connecticut. We have the ability to pass comprehensive immigration reform in 2014.
By THOMAS MOONEY
Inadequate funding is the new normal for many school districts, but the demands and expectations on school districts in Connecticut have never been greater. School districts are being squeezed by unfunded mandates related to education reform and accountability, on the one hand, and by municipal austerity and oversight on the other. Given these pressures, we may expect to see a number of related legal challenges for school districts in 2014.
By CHASE T. ROGERS
The Judicial Branch has had many successes this past year in no small part due to the dedication and input of the bar, which has played a major role in the Branch's efforts to enhance our state court system.
By THOMAS B. SCHEFFEY
At exactly 9:40:03 on the morning of Dec. 14, 2012, the last shot was fired in Sandy Hook Elementary School. It ended the life of Adam Lanza, and marked the first shot in the most recent battle over privacy and openness, and the most recent conflict between victims' rights and the public's right to know.
By KIMBERLY A. KNOX
The advent of 2014 is the halfway mark of my presidential term of the Connecticut Bar Association. I am delighted to report that there is much to celebrate at the CBA and the future is bright. The CBA is a remarkably productive and ambitious organization of legal professionals seeking professional growth and development while working together to advance access to justice and the rule of law.
By MONIQUE MATTEI FERRARO
This year, we can expect advances in e-discovery, digital forensics and legal technology. While keeping up with that, we can look forward to some pretty smoking gadgets for lawyers, too.
By MICHELLE DUPREY
What's the next big thing in disability civil rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act? One rapidly developing area is accessibility of health care. The ADA was signed more than 23 years ago, and yet, it is still in its early development as it relates to health care.
By JENNIFER GERARDA BROWN
For Quinnipiac University School of Law, 2014 will bring profound change as we move to a new location; forge new cross-disciplinary partnerships with Quinnipiac's schools of medicine, business and education; and deepen our existing partnerships with the profession. All of these changes will enable us more effectively to pursue our mission: educating the whole lawyer to understand and serve the whole client.
By GEORGE JEPSEN
As I begin my fourth year as state attorney general, I continue to believe there is no better job in state government and I am grateful to the people of Connecticut for the opportunity to serve.
By ANDREW GLASSMAN
The 2014 New Year will open with a strong message to business entrepreneurs that Connecticut is open for business. On Jan. 1, our state's version of the Model Entity Transactions Act (META) will become effective, making it easier for businesses to merge, consolidate, engage in a share exchange, or domesticate in Connecticut.
By RACHEL BAIRD
Although debate over the sale, possession and use of firearms came to the forefront in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings, attorneys involved with firearms law know that there were troubling issues even before December 2012. And the rights of gun owners will likely face further attacks in 2014.
By GERALD FOX III
After a very challenging session in 2013, this year the Connecticut General Assembly will conduct what is characterized as its short session, which will run from Feb. 5 until May 7. Although it is a tight time frame, it is expected the Judiciary Committee will address a number of issues.
By BARRY SCHALLER and BETH GRIFFIN
Practicing law is a high-stress occupation characterized by a high level of responsibilities, risks and rewards. Client trust and confidence is essential to a lawyer just as trust and confidence on the part of other lawyers and judges is vital. Much of what lawyers do takes place in private without close scrutiny and with a large measure of autonomy.