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Thursday, November 21, 2019

CTLA's Women's Caucus is proud to announce the recipient of the 2019 Annual Holiday Drive

Gifts of Love

Gifts of Love serves families in the Greater Hartford area that often face a short-term financial crisis due to reduced work hours, illness, divorce, death of a spouse/mate, exiting an abusive relationship, or a significant unexpected increase in expenses. In order to be accepted into the program, someone in the household needs to be working. They are one of only two organizations in Connecticut that helps working families. By helping its clients meet their most basic needs through food, clothing, housewares, linens and furniture, they are able to focus on putting their lives back in order and attaining financial independence. After clients complete their December visits, they are directed to the Holiday Shoppe where they are able to choose gifts for everyone in their family.

CTLA members can purchase gifts for the families to choose from through its Holiday Drive Wish List on Amazon. By purchasing an item from the wish list, we will be helping spread holiday cheer to a local family in need.

To purchase an item for donation, please go to giftsoflovect.org, and click on the "Make A Difference" tab and then click "Donate." Scroll down the page and look for "Amazon Wishlist." When you click on that you will be directed to the Gifts of Love page. Click on "Holiday Shop Wishlist." From there you can choose an item. Once you have the item in your cart, make sure that the delivery address is Gifts of Love in Avon, CT. Once you choose your payment method you will have an opportunity to add a Gift Card free of charge in the "Review Items and Shipping" area. Please note on the card that you are purchasing the gift on behalf of the CTLA Women's Caucus. If you prefer to make a monetary donation, please write "donation on behalf of CTLA" in the comments box. This will enable Gifts of Love and CTLA to track the donations.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Register now for these upcoming fall events

3rd Annual Lollapalooza CLE Seminar
Friday, December 6, 2019; The Heritage Hotel, Southbury (9-5)

Friday, August 9, 2019

The Eviction Defense Pro Bono Initiative

We are pleased to announce the launch of an exciting new program: The Eviction Defense Pro Bono Initiative

Eviction in our state's poorest communities has reached the crisis level. Connecticut's largest cities have eviction rates that far exceed the national average. Families and individuals who cannot afford an attorney regularly go unrepresented due to a lack of resources in the legal aid service providers in our state. Fewer than one in five low-income individuals who qualify for services actually have access to a legal aid lawyer when faced with a legal problem. The rest are forced to represent themselves. In housing matters, the lack of representation stresses the entire system and those being evicted rarely achieve just results.

CTLA has teamed up with Connecticut Legal Services, Greater Hartford Legal Aid, New Haven Legal Assistance Association and Statewide Legal Services, who pledge their support to provide active mentoring from their lawyers and technical assistance on these eviction cases. Learn more about the program and the support that you will receive... Please consider joining us in this important effort.

"Every lawyer, regardless of professional prominence or professional workload, should find time to participate in or otherwise support the provision of legal services to the disadvantaged." – Rules of Professional Conduct 6.1, commentary.

Upcoming Seminars & Events


CLE Seminar: Premises Liability
Grassy Hill Country Club, Orange, CT

Chairs: Caitlyn S. Malcynsky; Brendan Nelligan

CT Credits: 4 Skills
NY Credits: 4.5 Skills


CLE Seminar: The Evolving Workers' Compensation Claim
Inn at Middletown, Middletown, CT

Chair: Nathan J. Shafner


2020 Symposium: WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP ends Mar 21, 2020
The Spa at Norwich Inn, Norwich, CT

Chairs: Kathleen L. Nastri; Rosemarie Paine

CT Credits: 8.25 Skills; 1 Ethics & Professionalism
NY Credits: 10 Skills; 1 Ethics & Professionalism

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.

Become a Member

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.