Symposia

The Connecticut Bar Foundation James W. Copper Fellows contribute to the improvement of the legal profession in Connecticut through  symposia that bring together individuals across disciplines and experiences to collaborate on issues of significance to the practice of law in our state. Please read below to find out more information about these ongoing series and one-time events. If you have an idea for a symposium you believe would contribute to the improvement of the practice of law in our state, please contact the Foundation at ctbf [at] cbf-1 [dot] org to let us know. 

 

Ongoing Symposia 

 

John A. Speziale Alternative Dispute Resolution Symposium

In May 1997, the Connecticut Bar Foundation launched the John A. Speziale Alternative Dispute Resolution Symposium to honor former Chief Justice John A. Speziale, the first chair of the Foundation’s James W. Cooper Fellows Program. After his death in January 2005, a memorial fund was established by the Foundation to support the program.  Follow the link above to learn more information about past and upcoming events in this series.

 

Diversity Symposium Series

The Foundation, in collaboration with the Connecticut Bar Association, established the Diversity Symposium Series to continue the meaningful dialogue that was started at the Connecticut Bar Association’s Inaugural Diversity Summit in 2016.  The symposia in this series consist of a half-day program and include presentations and panel discussions on such topics as implicit bias, diversity metrics and overcoming impediments to achieving meaningful diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. Follow the link above to learn more information about past and upcoming events in this series. 

 

Honorable Mark R. Kravitz Symposium Series

The Connecticut Bar Foundation has established a symposium series in memory of U.S. District Court Judge Mark R. Kravitz. Judge Kravitz was an extraordinary lawyer and judge and his passing in 2012 was a great loss to the judiciary and bar. The Foundation has established a board designated endowment to fund ongoing symposia to celebrate his legacy. The Kravitz Family and Judge Kravitz, prior to his death, gave this symposium series their support. Follow the link above to learn more information about past and upcoming events in this series. 

 

Past Symposia

 

2018 Trauma-Informed Justice Symposium

This Symposium helped enhance understanding of trauma and its impact on legal advocacy and adjudication. Trauma-related legal practice issues include forming an attorney-client relationship; an element of legal claims; trial & negotiation processes; clients’ ability to implement legal advice, agreements, & orders; secondary traumatic stress (STS) for attorneys; and STS for other professionals involved with the case or client. The program brought diverse perspectives to this issue including those of practitioners, judges, and mental health and other service providers from Connecticut and other states that embrace a survivor-defined approach to justice for survivors of trauma. Follow the link above to learn more information about this event.

 

2018 Probate Symposium

This symposium explored the experience of states that have adopted (in at least some form) unsupervised probate for the settlement of decedents’ estates and examine the advantages and disadvantages of giving beneficiaries the ability to opt out of court-supervised estate settlement. The program brought diverse perspectives to this issue including those of academics, judges and practitioners from both Connecticut and states that have adopted unsupervised probate. Follow the link above to learn more information about this event.

 

2016 LGBTQ Youth Issues and the Law Symposium

In 2016, the Connecticut Bar Foundation James W. Cooper Fellows and the Connecticut Public Interest Law Journal presented the “LGBTQ Youth Issues and the Law” symposium at the University of Connecticut School of Law. The event began with a high-energy keynote address from internationally recognized LGBTQ advocates Kim Milan and Tiq Milan. Panels featured distinguished speakers who discussed a variety of current legal issues affecting LGBTQ youth. Panelists explored the complexities and challenges LGBTQ youth often face, including homelessness, foster care, juvenile justice, education, and being members of the LGBTQ community, from the perspectives of practicing attorneys, community advocates, educators, government officials, service providers and high school students. Follow the link above to lern more about this event. 

 

2015 Mentoring Symposium

On November 13, 2015 a symposium, The Mentoring of New Lawyers:  Challenges, Rewards, and Best Practices was held at the Connecticut State Legislative Office Building.  Panelists included experts from mentoring programs from across the country, law school professors, experienced attorneys and graduates from in-state mentoring programs. Follow the link above to learn more about this event.