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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!

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...

            Each year the justices of the Supreme Court and judges of the Appellate Court make amendments to Connecticut’s Rules of Appellate Procedure.  Many of these are minor technical modifications.  The following highlights rule changes of which practitioners shou...

            Maybe it’s family cases. Or maybe it’s because the view on the difference between subject matter jurisdiction and the court’s authority to act has evolved somewhat.  Or maybe it’s that the courts tend not be consistent in their vocabulary, but for whatever...

February 5, 2018

            In State v. Boykin, 179 Conn. App. 175 (2018), Horton, Dowd, Bartschi & Levesque represented the plaintiff who sought to reverse the dismissal of his defective highway personal injury action against the Stat...

February 5, 2018

            Every case is important, no matter how small.  And the Appellate Court’s decision in Cusano v. Lajoie, 178 Conn. App. 605, (2017), makes clear that generally the jury’s award of damages should stand, ev...

April 27, 2017

I am frequently asked whether there is a statute of limitations applicable to grievances. My response has always been, “yes, but it has never been interpreted as being mandatory.” After the Supreme Court’s decision in Disciplinary Counsel v. Elder, (SC 19698), official...

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