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A Thought On Connecticut?s Divorce Laws

Posted on June 02, 2009
FromMeade v. Pongonis(1991) an unreported decision from then Judge (and now Justice) Katz: Specifically, despite statutes designed to facilitatedivorceand separation forpersonswho choose to end their marriages, the statutory framework, considered in its entirety, seeks to promote and preserve marriage as an institution...

Friday Praise: CT Judicial Branch Law Library Website Is First Rate

Posted on May 29, 2009
by Ryan McKeen I love the CT Judicial Branches News Log site. Love it. If you haven’t checked it out - you need to. It is the single greatest resource on the internet to stay on top of developments in Connecticut law. From advanced released opinions to legislation this site has it all...

CT State Senate Approves Probate Court Reform Bill

Posted on May 28, 2009
by Ryan McKeen The Senate last night approved a bill that cuts the current 117 probate court districts by more than half. It also imposes regular schedules in those courts and requires future probate judges to be attorneys. Conn Politics.TV You can read the text of the bill here...

Basics of Blogs Twitter, and Social Media for Lawyers CLE Tonight!

Posted on May 26, 2009
Be there or be square. If you’re going, you may want to read this before you attend. Despite my efforts, Gideon will not be a panelist tonight….he or she said something about anonymity and speaking in public.

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Connecticut Cat Bite Law

Posted on May 21, 2009
Just finished reading the 2008 Connecticut Appellate Review by Wesley W. Horton and Kenneth J. Bartschi and they touched upon the very important case of Allen v. Cox. The authors pose the question: Does a cat get one free bite? Their answer, “No, if the cat has a bad reputationl yes, if it has a [...

Connecticut Superior Court Clarifies Mechanic?s Lien Statute Regarding Time Limit For Filing Of Lien

Posted on May 19, 2009
The following situation comes up more often then you think. A contractor performs services. Several months later, a homeowner notices a defect and calls the contractor to repair the work that was done months ago. The contractor comes out and performs the work and there’s a billing dispute...

Will Someone Please Fix The CT Statute Indexes

Posted on May 18, 2009
This is a small issue but there’s no legal issue too small for this blog. The indexes to the Connecticut General Statutes (the blue books put out by the State) are some form of cruel and unusual punishment. The indexes are comprised of 3 seperate index books that are divided alphabetically...

Chief Justice Chase Rogers Is Doing Great Job

Posted on May 15, 2009
Chief Justice Rogers gets it and Connecticut’s courts are better because of it. Check out Justice Roger’s State of the Judiciary Speech. For starters, there’s no more waiting in the rain because someone had to check his cellphone. That and all of Connecticut’s courts now open at the same time...

Hey Chief Justice Rogers

Posted on May 14, 2009
I’m working on a “serious” post about your speech yesterday on the State of the Judicial Branch. Well done. I came across this line in your speech but decided to exclude it from my upcoming post: Another key component of our strategic plan is educating the public about the Judicial Branch...

Condo Duplex A Conplex

Posted on May 14, 2009
File this under things I never thought about. In Connecticut there are condo complexes that are comprised entirely of two units. The street term for these condos are conplexs. One part condo and one part duplex. These units would appear to the naked eye to be a duplex or a two family home...

Foreclosure in Connecticut: A Sign Of The Times

Posted on May 13, 2009
Yesterday I did a title bring down on a bank owned property. That’s not the interesting part of the story. Having looked through thousands of pages of land records in my life, it’s not uncommon to come across a bank owned property. Usually, I see title in the name of “New Alliance” or “Enfield Federal Savings Bank” [...

The Dirty Little Secret of Document Review Sweatshops

Posted on May 11, 2009
Law is a profession. One of three only three true professions on this planet: Divinity, Medicine, and Law. Sometimes. Breaking into the profession right now is tough with widespread layoffs and government cutbacks. Traditionally, those awaiting bar exam results or job offers often took temporary jobs either doing document review or clerking in a court...

Quick Hits: CT Blogging CLE, Twitterific 2.0, and Zack Greinke

Posted on May 08, 2009
This week has been busy. I hope to be back with a few new posts next week. For today it’s my latest installment of quickhits: -Really excited about the upcoming CLE on the “Basics of Blogs, Twitter, and Social Media for Lawyers” on May 26th...

Make Paul Newman A Connecticut State Hero

Posted on May 06, 2009
I originally posted this last year but it seems no one listened to me. So it’s time for a repost. Conn. Gen. Stat. Sec. 3-110e simplyreadsas follows:Nathan Haleshall be thestate hero. I?ve always thought that ifHale had been a better spy,he never would have had to give his ?one life? for this country (that?s another blog entry [...

With Justice Souter Retiring, Nation Needs To Confront Shameful Gender Imbalance On Supreme Court

Posted on May 01, 2009
Justice David Souter will step down at the end of the Supreme Court’s term this June. This gives President Obama a chance to right a wrong. According to the ABA, in 2007, women accounted for: 30.1% of the Nation?s 1,143,358 lawyers; 46.9% of the Nation?s 141,031law students; 162 of the Nation?s 675 U...

February 2009 Connecticut Bar Exam Results Released

Posted on May 01, 2009
The results can be found by clicking here.

Connecticut Bar Exam Results Expected Tomorrow

Posted on April 30, 2009
Good luck to all those who took the February 2009 Connecticut Bar Exam and are awaiting results. Unreleased and unscientific studies have shown that if you’re reading this there’s a 99.9% chance your name will appear on the judicial branch website tomorrow morning.

Why The Statewide Grievance Committee Doesn?t Need To Regulate Twitter

Posted on April 28, 2009
On word: unfollow. Oliver Wendell Holmes would love twitter. It is perhaps the greatest marketplace of ideas in the history of human kind. You’ve got 140 characters to say something or nothing. To read what someone writes on twitter you have to choose to follow someone...

Connecticut Statewide Grievance Committee Needs A Facebook Exception For Advertising Rules

Posted on April 27, 2009
I like to follow rules because doing so usually makes life easier. I especially like to follow rules that impact my livelyhood. Every quarter, I have to register this blog with the grievance committee. I’m not happy about it but I don’t have the time or the desire to make an issue of it...

Must See Connecticut Legislative Testimony

Posted on April 23, 2009
Throwing hula hoops on our state hero!?!?!?!


Posted on April 22, 2009
I like writing about law. Really, I do. The last thing I need is for this blog to jeopardy. Law is what I do for a living because it puts food in my dog’s bowl. I love practicing law. Aside from pitching for the Red Sox, I can’t think of anything I’d rather be doing for [...

Connecticut Turn Signal Law

Posted on April 20, 2009
I’m going to run the risk of sounding like Andy Rooney in this post but so be it. Do they not make vehicles with turn signals anymore? I spend a lot of time on Connecticut roads and I’m afraid the turn signal is becoming extinct. Has the recession caused automakers to cut back on turn signals? Anyhow there’s [...

Connecticut Law Haiku Fever

Posted on April 16, 2009
Dogs, cats, bearsand chimps Kerrigan and theCountess Monkkeet cases too _______________________________ Catch CT law Haiku fever by posting your law haiku below.

Save The Date: Basics of Blogs, Twitter, and Social Media for Lawyers CLE

Posted on April 15, 2009
Last night, I was checking my blog stats and saw a spike in readers. I though to myself that I had greatly underestimatedmy readersthirst for knowledge about crosswalk law. Then I realized that CLE pamphlets had hit desks of lawyers across the state...

The More You Know: CT Crosswalk Law Edition

Posted on April 14, 2009
Did you know that in 1929 pedestrians in Connecticutgained the right of way in crosswalks? For more on CT crosswalk law, click here.

CT Small Claims Filing Fee To Increase?

Posted on April 09, 2009
The best bargain for Connecticut residents in terms of resolving minor disputes are small claims courts. Right now, for $35 and often not marshal fees a person can get their day in court before a magistrate. The CT Law Tribune is reporting that the legislature is looking to raise the court entry fee to $60...

Opening Day

Posted on April 06, 2009
Take it to the bank, Kevin Youkilis will be money in 2009. Alas, opening day is upon us. Best day of the year, bar none. For entertainment purposes only, here aremy predictions for 2009: Red Sox go 98-64 and win the AL East. Rays take the wild card...

Breaking News: Layoffs at Shipman & Goodwin

Posted on April 03, 2009
Getting reports that 4 Associates, 1 contract partner, and 21 staff have been cut at Shipman & Goodwin. I understand that the firm will make a formal announcement this afternoon. This very sad news…I know a number of excellent people at the firm...

Thursday Night Nonsense: No Law Against This

Posted on April 02, 2009
And it’s pretty darn funny.

OLR?s Greatest Hits: The History of the Practice Book

Posted on March 31, 2009
Had some friends over this weekend foracompetitive game of “Apples to Apples.” Prior to their arrival, I made some popcorn -not the microwave kind. You see, I have an elaborate popcorn popper machine. One of our guests says “hey, where did you get that totally cool, way awesome popcorn popper...

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