Summary: A Judicial Branch Podcast hosted by Mike Bowler. By listening to this podcast, attorneys can earn MCLE credits in Connecticut. Stay tuned for new Podcasts!
Episode 23 – Top 10 Ethical Pitfalls, pt. 1 Attorney Michael Bowler, Statewide Bar Counsel and Counsel to the Minimum Continuing Legal Education Commission, discusses the top 10 ethical pitfalls that new lawyers stumble into. This is part one of a two-part series. The pitfalls in this episode are: financial matters, fees and fee agreements, electronic communications and social media, non-electronic communications and diligence. Mike’s Practice Tips: If you are hopelessly lost in trying to maintain your trust account, hire an accountant or book keeper to do it for you. A list of book keepers is held by the Statewide Grievance Committee. The Committee can be reached by phone at 860-568-5157 or by e-mail at Statewide.Grievance@jud.ct.gov. Having a calendar and being organized with your calendar is a time tested and true method for staying on top of diligence issues. A good support person is worth his or her weight in gold. And will help with timely communications and deadlines. Resources from this Episode: Episode 5 – Opening and Maintaining a Clients’ Funds Account, Part 1 Episode 6 – Opening and Maintaining a Clients’ Funds Account, Part 2 Rules of Professional Conduct
Episode 22 – A Primer on Criminal Orders of Protection Deputy Director of Criminal Matters in the Superior Court Operations Division Ralph Dagostine outlines the different criminal orders of protection. He explains how and when these orders are put in place, how they come to an end and who might be affected by them.Law Librarians CT Law By Subject - Domestic ViolenceLaw Librarians CT Law By Subject - Victims Rights
Episode 20 – Probate Court BasicsProbate Court Administrator Beverly Streit-Kefalas discusses the history and functions of the Connecticut Probate Courts. Although many people associate the Probate Court with wills and estates, the function is far broader and includes things such as conservatorships, change of name, adoption proceedings and emancipation of minors. Judge Streit-Kefalas touches on these topics and more in this extended podcast.Connecticut Probate Courts
Episode 20 – Courthouse Security O’Donovan Murphy, Director of Judicial Marshal Services, discusses the role of courthouse marshals, and security at Connecticut’s courthouses. Court Security Committee
Attorney Damon Goldstein, liaison for the Standing Committee on Guardians Ad Litem and Attorneys for the Minor Child in Family Matters, describes the process by which a GAL or AMC can be removed from the list of approved GAL/AMCs in Connecticut. Notice of Procedures by Which an Individual May be Removed from the List of Those Deemed Eligible for Appointment as a Guardian Ad Litem or Attorney for the Minor Child in Family MattersComplaint forms and other information can be found at the following links:Standing Committee on Guardians Ad Litem and Attorneys for the Minor Child in Family MattersFamily Matters FAQs
Episode 18 – Connecticut Practice Book AmendmentsAttorney Joseph Del Ciampo, Director of Legal Services and Counsel to the Rules Committee of the Superior Court, joins Mike to discuss recent amendments to the Connecticut Practice Book adopted by the Judges of the Superior Court.Connecticut Practice Book RevisionsThis podcast counts for 29 minutes toward the ethics/professionalism requirement for attorneys.
Episode 17 – Sealing Under Local Federal Rule 57 Attorney Allison Near of the Federal Defenders’ Office, discusses the process for sealing materials in federal criminal litigation pursuant to Rule 57 of the Local Rules of Criminal Procedure.U.S. District of Connecticut: Rules and Orders
Episode 16 – Personal Identifying Information, Using Pseudonyms, Lodging and SealingAttorney Robert Wilock, Chief Clerk for the Fairfield Judicial District, discusses limitations on the use of personal identifying information in court, the proper use of anonymous complaints using pseudonyms and the processes to lodge and seal documents.Connecticut Practice Book Sec. 4-7 Personal Identifying Information To Be Omitted or Redacted from Court Records in Civil and Family MattersConnecticut Practice Book Sec. 7-4B Motion to File under SealConnecticut Practice Book Sec. 7-4C Lodging a RecordConnecticut Practice Book Sec. 11-20A Sealing Files or Limiting Disclosure of Documents in Civil CasesConnecticut Practice Book Sec. 11-20B Documents Containing Personal Identifying InformationConnecticut Practice Book Sec. 25-59A Sealing Files or Limiting Disclosure of Documents in Family MattersConnecticut Practice Book Sec. 25-59B Documents Containing Personal Identifying Information
Attorney Beth Griffin, Executive Director of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, discusses the history and scope of the LCL program in Connecticut. http://www.lclct.org/.
Attorneys Viviana Livesay and Lori Petruzzelli of the Judicial Branch Legal Services Unit, discuss the basics of copyright law and the Fair Use doctrine.https://www.copyright.gov/fair-use/
Episode 13 – Simplified Divorce Johanna Greenfield, Deputy Director for Judicial Branch Court Operations, discusses the simplified divorce process in Connecticut. https://www.jud.ct.gov/Publications/FM265.PDF
Episode 12 – Filing an Appeal Attorney Carolyn Ziogas, Chief Clerk for the Appellate and Supreme Courts, discusses the mechanics of filing an appeal, including the ever increasing role of E-Services in the process. https://jud.ct.gov/Publications/PracticeBook/PB.pdf#page=434 https://www.jud.ct.gov/lawjournal/Docs/Misc/2018/26/pblj_7952.pdf https://jud.ct.gov/HomePDFs/rules_app_102618.pdf https://jud.ct.gov/Publications/Handbook_Ap_proc.pdf
Attorney Nancy McGann of the Court Operations Unit discusses the history, process, and success of the Judicial Branch’s foreclosure mediation process and the role of committees for foreclosure. https://www.cga.ct.gov/2015/pub/chap_846.htm#sec_49-31k https://www.jud.ct.gov/foreclosure/ https://jud.ct.gov/external/super/E-Services/efile/foreclosure_ad_inst.htm https://www.jud.ct.gov/lawlib/law/foreclosure_mediation.htm
Attorney John DeMeo, chief staff attorney for the Supreme and Appellate courts, discusses the role of his office in the appellate process and what it means to have an appealable "final judgment."https://www.cga.ct.gov/current/pub/chap_902.htm#sec_52-263 https://jud.ct.gov/Publications/PracticeBook/PB.pdf#page=434 https://www.jud.ct.gov/lawjournal/Docs/Misc/2018/26/pblj_7952.pdf https://jud.ct.gov/HomePDFs/rules_app_102618.pdf https://law.justia.com/cases/connecticut/supreme-court/1983/11535-2.html http://appellateinquiry.jud.ct.gov/CaseDetail.aspx?CRN=55150&Type=PartyName http://appellateinquiry.jud.ct.gov/CaseDetail.aspx?CRN=59690&Type=PartyName https://jud.ct.gov/Publications/Handbook_Ap_proc.pdf
Attorney Paul Bourdoulous, director of Support Enforcement Services for the Judicial Branch, discusses the basics of child support enforcement and the IV-D program. https://jud.ct.gov/childsupport/