Friday, November 15, 2013 | by Chris Powell | The Connecticut Law Tribune
Despite its legions of administrators with six-figure salaries, the University of Connecticut could not have handled the recent controversy about sexual assault among students worse than it did.
One Hand Clapping
Friday, November 15, 2013 | by Norm Pattis | The Connecticut Law Tribune
News that the Connecticut Supreme Court reversed the conviction of a former client of mine was a delightful surprise. He was convicted of sexually abusing a young child. At trial, we won acquittals on the most serious charges, but the jury convicted on two counts, enough to yield a six-year sentence on judgment day.
Dan K's Inferno
Thursday, November 14, 2013 | by Dan Krisch | The Connecticut Law Tribune
I am wondering how much longer a man's home will remain his castle if the Supreme Court continues to chip away at its foundations. Sadly, two of the court's recent cases suggest that this bedrock constitutional principle is in danger of crumbling.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 | by Mark Dubois | The Connecticut Law Tribune
I just returned from a regional conference of bar leaders. Mostly, I think this group gets together to plan get-togethers, but it doesn't hurt to hear that others have the same pain as you. For instance, it appears that other states are facing the "brain drain" with some of the best and brightest leaving the trial and appellate benches to join firms offering alternative dispute resolution practices
Friday, November 8, 2013 | by Norm Pattis | The Connecticut Law Tribune
It's been awhile since I've written about my dogs, Odysseus and Penelope, but I swear they have been giving me tutorials in the law, teaching me about loyalty and zealous advocacy, the two most important qualities any criminal defense lawyer must have. I've learned more about lawyering from my dogs than I have from any book.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 | by Mark Dubois | The Connecticut Law Tribune
I was running with a colleague the other day and she described another lawyer as follows: "He's like you; smart, but a little off." Thanks! I think. I was musing over that comment recently as I participated in a symposium on impaired lawyers.
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Friday, November 1, 2013 | The Connecticut Law Tribune
In a previous column, I wrote about litigation challenging court annexed arbitration in the state of Delaware.The dispute arose from a Delaware judicial process allowing private litigants, generally corporations, to submit large disputes for arbitration before a sitting Chancery Court judge after the payment of a substantial fee ($12,000, plus $6,000 per additional day).
Friday, November 1, 2013 | by Wesley W. Horton | The Connecticut Law Tribune
It is hard to believe that next month it will be 13 years since the U.S. Supreme Court decided the 2000 presidential election in favor of George W. Bush. Finding a supporter of the decision is about as easy today as finding a supporter of Dred Scott v. Sandford or Plessy v. Ferguson.
Friday, November 1, 2013 | by Mark Dubois | The Connecticut Law Tribune
An American Bar Association committee studying the "problem" of law schools, recently issued a draft report. Among other things, the authors posited that some of the cost of law school was driven by the need to hire and retain faculty who spent a lot of time doing research and writing scholarly papers.
One Hand Clapping
Friday, November 1, 2013 | by Norm Pattis | The Connecticut Law Tribune
Expert testimony, we are taught, is intended to assist juries in deciding difficult factual issues. We permit the opinion testimony of folks who know things the rest of us don't because of their education, skill, training or experience, thus, a doctor on disease, or an electrician on circuitry.