COVID-19 Updates: A message from the CTLA President, Connecticut MCLE updates, and a list of resources for members and the public.

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Thursday, April 2, 2020

Help for the Hungry

This is a time when we are being asked to stay away from one another, to practice social distancing: Stay Safe, Stay Home. Unfortunately, this is not possible for many Connecticut residents who lack access to the most fundamental of needs – food. Hundreds of thousands of Connecticut residents, including children and the elderly, are suffering from food insecurity.

If ever there were a time for Trial Lawyers to stand together, it is now. We are proud to launch the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Foundation initiative Help for the Hungry.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

A Message from the President

We have been closely monitoring the evolving news about COVID-19 and its potential impact on our communities. Although much remains unknown about the scope and impact of the virus in Connecticut, it is clear to us that the most responsible approach for organizations like CTLA is to take prudent precautions to prevent the spread of the virus.

The State of Connecticut provides regular updates and encourages all state residents to visit for the most up-to-date information from the State of Connecticut on COVID-19, including guidance and other resources.

We at CTLA have to consider the best interests of our members and communities in determining how we conduct our own activities. With this in mind, we have made the decision to postpone all CTLA CLE programs scheduled from now through May 1. We do not take this issue lightly and are deeply disappointed that we need to take this step, especially in light of the fantastic programs we have planned and the loyal partners who support our programs. That said, we believe this is the most responsible way to proceed under the current circumstances.

We also have instructed all CTLA committees to hold meetings by phone or videoconference, rather than in person, until circumstances change.

The situation with Coronavirus is fluid and we will continue monitoring so that we can resume our normal meetings as soon as we consider it responsible to do so.

– Paul A. Slager

Paul A. Slager, CTLA President

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.

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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.