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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.

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

January 25, 2017

Among the cases the Connecticut Supreme Court worked furiously to complete before Justice Peter Zarella left the court to return to private practice was State v. Kono, 324 Conn. 80 (2016). The court held in a 6-1 decision that a warrantless canine sniff at the door of...

January 18, 2017

I propose a universal Silver Rule (since the Golden Rule is already taken). If you didn’t ask for it, you can’t complain about it. I would say it should be taught from Kindergarten on up, but let’s be honest, Kindergarteners are usually very good at asking for what the...

January 14, 2017

One of the most commonly uttered phrases by lawyers who are going through the grievance process is, “I should have known this client was going to be a problem.” And you know what, I never disagree with them when they say it. The real question is why the lawyer took the...

January 14, 2017

In Marciano v. Jimenez, (SC 19547), released yesterday, Attorneys Dowd and Levesque argued that General Statutes § 52-225a precluded the defendant’s claim for a collateral source reduction, either in full or in part, where there was a right of subrogation. The Supreme...

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