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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!

December 20, 2018

Wes recently found his grandfather’s yearbook from New Britain High School 1905.  The look is different from those published nowadays, but it demonstrates the wit of the students with tongue-in-cheek advice which, with slight explanation, transcends the decades.  Below...

December 12, 2018

               In early December, Brendon, Dana and I traveled to St. Thomas to address the annual meeting of the Virgin Islands Bar Association, Brendon on ethics, Dana on amicus curiae briefs and I on handing appeals in the U.S. Supreme Court....

            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...

December 4, 2018

Two important lessons can be gleaned from two recent grievance decisions, Bowler v. Riccio-Ryan, #17-0437, and Hart v. Riccio-Ryan, #17-0348.

The first is to answer any and all grievance complaints.  No exceptions.  No hoping they get summarily dismissed or the panel wi...

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