• University, Town Go To Court Over Dorm Space Dispute

    Quinnipiac University and its host town, Hamden, are feuding over just how much dormitory space the school is obligated to provide. This month, the private university sued the town and its Zoning Board of Appeals for issuing fines of $150 a day since February for what's being called noncompliance with a special permit.

  • Commentary: Legal Aid Resource Center Should Be Saved

    Legal aid agencies in Connecticut are responsible for ensuring that high-quality civil legal services are available for low-income persons. Funding has rarely been stable, and when constrained, difficult choices must be made. These choices should ensure critical functions are maintained.

  • School Sex Scandal Keeps Lawyers Busy, Creates Tension Between Rival Firms

    In the past year, the city of Stamford has become the poster child for the dangers of teacher-student sex and the serious consequences for professionals who fail to report suspicions. A long-running scandal has resulted in an array of media reports about criminal prosecutions, civil lawsuits and the derailments of school administrators' careers.

  • Judge Awards $237,000 to Girl Attacked by Big Dog

    A 12-year-old girl bitten in the face by a neighbor's dog has been awarded nearly $237,000 by a judge following a trial in Bridgeport.

  • Norm Pattis: Finding Trouble While Fighting Courtroom Boredom

    It's been about 20 years since I was last locked up against my will. The other day, I thought I saw a cell in my future. My offense? Reading a newspaper in a courtroom. Oh, my.

  • Head-Injured Motorcyclist Receives $534,000 Verdict

    A man who was thrown from his motorcycle when another driver suddenly turned left in front of him has been awarded nearly $534,000 by a Hartford jury.

  • Conn. Judge Resigns ABA Leadership Post

    Connecticut's representative on the American Bar Association's Board of Governors has stepped down.

  • Conn. Firm Sues Out-of-State Lawyer for Stealing Blog Postings

    Two tax law firms on opposite coasts are locked in a dispute, but their argument has nothing to do with taxes.

  • Nominate Young Lawyers For Boston ?Rising Stars? Recognition

    The National Law Journal, in conjunction with the Connecticut Law Tribune, would like to spotlight Boston Rising Stars. And we're extending our deadline for applications to give you a little more time to nominate someone.

  • Commentary: A More Relaxed Voir Dire Works Better for All Parties

    As a defense lawyer, I've always believed that voir dire in a criminal case is, in many ways, the most important part of a trial. It's an opportunity to make a good first impression; to find out who is likely to accept the theory of the case; to disclose biases and prejudices and, importantly, to determine who can set them aside. I think it is interesting to explore peoples' backgrounds and attitudes, to try and identify people with whom I can communicate and ultimately to get them on the jury. But to do that I need candid information. The usual criminal voir dire process often doesn't produce that.

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