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Welcome to our Appellate & Ethics Blog!

This blog will sometimes be scholarly, sometimes purely practical, and sometimes just musings by members of the firm on life in the appellate courts and on professional responsibility.

When we comment on cases, we do so with care, but you should always read the cases yourself before using them for any reason.

When one of us muses on matters, it may or may not reflect the innermost thoughts of the others. Feel free to ask.

If we talk about a case in which we represented a party, we’ll let you know it was ours.

We welcome suggestions, to a point, on relevant topics of interest and comments on the thoughts and suggestions we include on this blog.

But most of all, we hope that you learn from and enjoy these entries!

     As the annotators to the Practice Book, we would like to share the most recently adopted revisions to the Rules of Appellate Procedure, which will take effect on January 1, 2021. The following is a general description of each of the changes. For more detailed info...

July 10, 2020

Last month, Justice Gorsuch held that the 1964 Civil Rights Act extends employment protection to gay and transgender folks, because that's what the law says even if it's not what anyone who wrote it meant to do.  Bostock v. Clayton Cty., Georgia, 140 S. Ct. 1731 (2020)...

Yesterday, the Supreme Court held in a 6-3 decision, Bostock v. Clayton County, No. 17-1618 (U.S. June 15, 2020), that Title VII prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.  Much has been written on the s...

June is LGBTQ Pride month, which explains the appearance of rainbow flags everywhere.  June 12 is the anniversary of the Pulse Night Club massacre where a gunman killed nearly 50 people in a gay night club.  Nevertheless, on June 12, 2020, the Trump administration anno...

June 12, 2020

By order of the Chief Justice on June 10, 2020, the suspension of all Connecticut Supreme and Appellate Court filings was lifted.  The precise language of the order is as follows:

Notice Regarding Amendment to Executive Order No. 7G

On March 20, 2020, notice was issued t...

May 15, 2020

As an appellate lawyer sitting at home being notified about once a day of another court order delaying an oral argument or extending the deadline to file a brief or motion, I turn my attention to issues I thought I would never find time for (like pondering the merits o...

May 12, 2020

“Top” is a word of some ambiguity. One definition is the size of the newspaper headline the day after the decision came out. On that basis, Soto v. Bushmaster Firearms International, LLC, 331 Conn. 53, clearly is the #1 case of the year because it was front-page news i...

April 22, 2020

 
 Given the current limitations on the ability to hold in-person oral arguments, the Connecticut Supreme and Appellate Courts have decided to begin hearing oral arguments via video conference.  While remote arguments are not uncommon in federal courts, they are unprec...

​We are currently experiencing an apocalypse.  No, not the end-of-the-world kind that is frequently the subject of sci-fi movies, even if it feels like it at times.  Rather, we are experiencing an apocalypse in its original sense.  The word apocalypse come from the Gre...

February 12, 2020

            The February 11, 2020 Connecticut Law Journal has an unpleasant surprise for appellate practitioners: an amendment to § 63-4 effective, guess when?, on February 11, 2020.

           The amendment is to the li...

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