A Message from the New President

Friday, June 16, 2023

My fellow trial lawyers,

I am both honored and humbled to begin my term as President of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association.

President Marisa Bellair

First, I want to start by congratulating our Immediate-Past President, Tim O'Keefe, on a successful year as President. Over the past year, Tim has provided steady oversight and guidance at the helm of this organization and, as a result, we were able to effectively pursue and implement many important initiatives in this legislative session.

My goal in the coming year is to continue to pursue and defend those initiatives that are so important to our organization, our clients, and our society. There is much work to be done and I can't do it alone. You have a voice in this organization and I will call on you to use it in the coming year. I encourage each of you to get involved by attending seminars, joining committees, working on charitable initiatives, proposing legislation for consideration at our Legislative Retreat, lobbying our elected officials on bills we may propose, or increasing your club membership so that we may continue to work hard for you. You are all our future and we are all in this together.

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One State. One Voice. We Want To Hear From You!

– Marisa Bellair, CTLA President

Upcoming Seminars & Events


CLE Seminar: The Hubert Santos Annual Criminal Case Review
Grassy Hill Country Club, Orange, CT

Chairs: William F. Dow III; Trent LaLima; Allison Near

CT Credits: 3.25 Skills; 1 Ethics & Professionalism
NY Credits: 4 Skills; 1 Ethics & Professionalism


CLE Seminar: Making Waves and Facilitating Changes in Workers’ Compensation
Grassy Hill Country Club, Orange, CT

Chairs: Meghan Lyon; Nathan J. Shafner

CT Credits: 4 Skills
NY Credits: 4.5 Skills


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About CTLA

Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association is a non-profit professional association dedicated to creating and maintaining a more just society by preserving individual rights within the justice system.

We are a fellowship of over 1,300 of Connecticut's most accomplished and active lawyers who are interested in protecting plaintiffs' rights and becoming better trial lawyers. CTLA provides its members with high-quality CLE programs, ongoing Community Outreach Projects and a variety of networking opportunities.

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CTLA has a long history of sharing expertise within our community – it's one of the greatest benefits of your membership. Our resources include case strategy and analysis, online list servers, a mentoring program, a discussion board, and more.