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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!

Thoughts on my first oral argument via teleconference with the Connecticut Supreme Court.

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 unprecedented in Connecticut’s appellate courts and will require significant adaptation and flexibility by the justices, judges and those arguing the cases. But this is a critical step to furthering the business of the courts, and returning our courts back to normal, even if it is a different normal for now. Last week, I co-presented a CBA webinar: “Arguing Appellate Cases via Video Conference During the COVID-19 Crisis” with Att

Apocalypse Now

​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 Greek “apo” (un) and “kaluptein” (to cover). Thus, apocalypse originally meant to uncover or reveal. The COVID-19 pandemic and our response to it, quite simply is uncovering many things about our society, some of which we were vaguely aware and some we were oblivious to. Many pixels have already been used by others to talk about class differences, health-care access, race, and attitudes toward people with disabilities that have b

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