This Mission Statement does not allow us to remain silent while members of our communities are subjected to hate and violence. Our country has a long history of exploiting and targeting people of color and, sadly, Connecticut has played its own dark role in this history. Unfortunately, prejudice and discrimination remain alive and well in our society. We were horrified to see the recent video involving George Floyd's detention and death in Minnesota.
CTLA wishes to join and reinforce the central and essential message of peaceful protests around the country: people of color continue to be subjected to systemic racism and racial violence in this country. We reject this racism, and all manifestations of it, in the strongest possible terms. CTLA urges its members to use their voices and the civil justice system to stand against all forms of racism whenever possible. We join those who face discrimination and prejudice in seeking inclusion, equality and justice.
Stephanie Z. Roberge
Paul A. Slager
Immediate Past President
Monday, June 1, 2020
Today marks the beginning of the 2020-21 term. We would like to congratulate our new officers:
We would also like to welcome and congratulate our new Board of Governors members:
Due to our current state of affairs, my presidency begins virtually. What I thought I might say in person, I provide in print. The importance of CTLA remains steadfast and clear. What I have learned as a member and officer of CTLA is that the strength of the organization is in our collaborative approach to our mission, "trial lawyers protecting individual rights through fair laws and access to justice." We have the benefit and guidance of past-presidents, the insight of founding and longstanding members, as well as the energy and perspective of our younger membership. Albeit through new platforms like Zoom and Microsoft Teams, through masks and social distancing, CTLA is prepared to continue to advance our legislative agenda, provide quality continuing legal education, offer guidance to our membership and to collaborate.
– Stephanie Z. Roberge, CTLA President
Thursday, April 2, 2020
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.
Friday, August 9, 2019
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.
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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.
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.