Fellows Roundtables

FELLOWS ROUNDTABLES

 

The Fellows started roundtable forums to discuss topics of the day and issues involving the practice of law. It is hoped that there will continue to be four or more luncheon or dinner meetings each year, one in each of the four regions of the state. Twenty to thirty Fellows attend each forum, and a Fellow, in collaboration with one or more discussion leaders, moderates the conversation. To date, there have been nine roundtables.


"Can You Just Listen?”

Roundtable Discussion
January 24, 2017
6:00 p.m.
Peppercorn's Grill
Hartford, CT

As we reflect on the election results and the divisiveness of our country, people are saying we need to listen to one another.  But can we?  What is the difference between listening and hearing?  Do we listen to respond or listen to understand?  In these times of interruption and “let me finish”, can we truly open our minds (and hearts) to the thoughts and feelings of those we are engaged with.  How do we listen: actively and with open mind, or are we formulating a response back?  Has this inability to truly listen to one another affected our legal system, our society, our policies, our safety?  How do we teach other to listen and what does listening truly mean? Please join members of the bench, communication experts, and community leaders for a lively discussion on a topic that is both professionally and personally relevant and to just listen to each other.  

 
Facilitators:
Representative David Baram

Judge Leo V. Diana
Representative Rosa Rebimbas
Justice Richard A. Robinson
Dr. Elizabeth S. Thayer

 

This event will take place on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at Peppercorn’s Grill, 357 Main Street, Hartford, CT. Participation is limited to the first 25 people to register, so check your calendars and sign up soon by contacting Kati at the Connecticut Bar Foundation at 860.722.2494 with your first course, entrée and dessert selection.  A menu and directions are linked.

 

Please plan to bring with you or send a $45.00 check payable to the Connecticut Bar Foundation, 31 Pratt Street, Hartford, CT 06103 for your meal.

 

Regional Co-Hosts:

Barbara Aaron, Esq.

Berman, Bourns, Aaron & Dembo, LLC
664 Farmington Avenue
Hartford, CT 06105

Telephone: 860.232.4471
Baaron [at] westhartfordlaw [dot] com

                       

Kim L. Duell, Esq.

Law Offices of Kim L. Duell
81 Wethersfield Ave, # 3
Hartford, CT 061114 

Telephone: 860.522.4025
kim [at] kimduell [dot] com


The Art of the Legal Blog

Roundtable Discussion
January 18, 2017
6:00 p.m.
Republic at the Linden
Hartford, CT

Many lawyers are creating blogs as a means of marketing, commenting on areas of practice, cases or events, getting their views out there, etc., but does it work and what are some things a lawyer should consider when entering this domain?  Will it be read?  If so, by whom? What are the ethical considerations? Does it generate business? Is it worth the effort?  Could it come back to haunt you?  Please join us for a lively discussion on this relevant, personal and work required topic.

 

Facilitators: Attorney Meghan Freed, Freed Marcroft, LLC

                        Attorney Daniel Schwartz, Shipman & Goodwin, LLP

                        Attorney Regina Von Gootkin, Brown, Paindiris & Scott, LLP

                        Attorney Bruce Stanger, Stanger & Associates, LLC

This event will take place on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at Republic at the Linden, 10 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT. Participation is limited to the first 25 people to register, so check your calendars and sign up soon by contacting Kati at 860.722.2494 with your starter, entrée, and dessert selection. A menu and directions are linked.

Please plan to bring with you or send a $45.00 check payable to the Connecticut Bar Foundation, 31 Pratt Street, Hartford, CT 06103 for your meal.

 

Regional Co-Hosts:

Meghan Freed, Esq.

Freed Marcroft, LLC
419 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06103
Telephone: (860) 560-8160
meghan [at] freedmarcroft [dot] com

Barry F. Armata, Esq.

Brown, Paindiris & Scott, LLP
100 Pearl Street
Hartford, CT 06103
Tel: (860) 522-3343
barmata [at] bpslawyers [dot] com


A Fellows Roundtable Discussion was held on April 18, 2016 at Quinnipiac University School of Law:

     

 

The Happy Lawyer:

A Myth or a Real Possibility?

presented by

Connecticut Bar Foundation
James W. Cooper Fellows

and

Quinnipiac University School of Law

 

It can almost seem like an oxymoron to some lawyers to suggest that lawyers can be “happy.” When we look more deeply at the concept, however, then we can unpack the mystery of why so many lawyers are chronically unhappy and unfulfilled and why others are, indeed, satisfied and fulfilled.

This Roundtable started with a look at the recent book, “The Happy Lawyer: Making a Good Life in the Law” by Nancy Levit and Douglas Linder (Oxford, 2010). CBF Fellow Professor Carolyn Kaas and two current Quinnipiac Law students presented the research findings and conclusions from the book. From an examination of the science of human happiness and from studies of lawyers in various practice settings, the authors suggested various strategies for boosting career happiness. Among other things, they suggested that finding happiness requires examining and understanding  our own personality types, values, strengths, and interests.  

Lawyers at different stages of their careers were asked to respond and to give their opinions on the book’s findings, and from their own experiences, on how they have -- or haven’t -- achieved satisfaction. This lead to a candid and productive discussion among all of the participants to help all of us chart pathways to improved quality in our professional lives.

 

For information on the latest roundtable: please contact the CBF at ctbf [at] cbf-1 [dot] org or 860.722.2494.