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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!

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...

​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...

November 14, 2019

     On Tuesday, November 12, 2019, the United States Supreme Court denied certiorari in Soto v. Bushmaster Firearms International, LLC, 331 Conn. 53 (2019).  The headlines in the national pressed were along the lines of “Court lets Sandy Hook families sue gu...

I concede bias up front:  I am a musical theater nerd.  You’ve been warned.

One of the reasons I love musicals is that they often inject serious social commentary between dance breaks and 11 o’clock numbers.  The practice is time honored.  Show Boat premiered...

March 27, 2019

In March 2019, the Connecticut Supreme Court announced a new policy regarding the solicitation of amicus briefs.  Previously, the Court had issued invitations to specific organizations in some cases to submit amicus briefs.  Under the new policy, the Court will issue a...

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