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A Judicial Branch Podcast hosted by Mike Bowler. By listening to this podcast, attorneys can earn MCLE credits in Connecticut. Stay tuned for new Podcasts!

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Housing Court During the Pandemic and Executive Order 12D
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<p><strong>Episode 55 - </strong><strong>Housing Court During the Pandemic and Executive Order 12D</strong></p><p>This week on Calendar Call we have the first of a two-part series in which Mike discusses changes in the housing court process and the effects of Executive Order 12D with Presiding Judge of Housing in Fairfield and Stamford, Walter Spader and Deputy Director II of Superior Court Operations, Nancy McGann. </p><p><a href="https://www.jud.ct.gov/podcast/Posts/Post.aspx?Id=10" target="_blank">Calendar Call Episode 7 - Housing and Small Claims</a></p><p><a href="https://portal.ct.gov/doh" target="_blank">Connecticut State Department of Housing</a></p><p><a href="https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/Office-of-the-Governor/Executive-Orders/Lamont-Executive-Orders/Executive-Order-No-12D.pdf" target="_blank">Executive Order 12D</a></p><p><a href="https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/Office-of-the-Governor/Executive-Orders/Lamont-Executive-Orders/Executive-Order-No-14.pdf" target="_blank">Executive Order 14</a></p>
Jan 03, 2022
Conducting a Residential Real Estate Closing in CT Pt. 2
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<p><strong>Episode 54 - </strong><strong>Conducting a Residential Real Estate Closing in CT Pt. 2</strong></p><p>This week on Calendar Call, Mike is discussing the ins and outs of residential real estate closings with Attorney Richard Florentine. We finish this series discussing the responsibilities of the attorney for the seller, short sales and getting to closing.</p>
Dec 20, 2021
Conducting a Residential Real Estate Closing in CT Pt. 1
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<p><strong>Episode 53 - </strong><strong>Conducting a Residential Real Estate Closing in CT Pt. 1</strong></p><p><span class="redactor-invisible-space">This week on Calendar Call, Mike is discussing the ins and outs of residential real estate closings with Attorney Richard Florentine. The first part of this discussion focuses on the responsibilities of an attorney for the purchaser of residential real estate. Next episode will cover the responsibilities of the attorney for the seller.<span class="redactor-invisible-space"></span></span></p>
Dec 06, 2021
Rule 1.15 Liens and Other Interests in Personal Injury Cases Pt. 2
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<p><strong>Episode 52 – Rule 1.15 Liens and Other Interests in Personal Injury Cases Pt. 2</strong></p> <p>This week, Mike is finishing his discussion with Lincoln Woodard, principal in the firm Walsh Woodard LLC, about Rule 1.15 liens and other interests in personal injury cases. They cover Rule 1.15 and the commentary before covering 5 examples that you may come across in your personal injury practice.</p><p><a href="https://jud.ct.gov/Publications/PracticeBook/PB.pdf#page=37" target="_blank">Connecticut Practice Book Rule 1.15</a></p>
Nov 22, 2021
Rule 1.15 Liens and Other Interests in Personal Injury Cases Pt. 1
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<p><strong>Episode 51 – Rule 1.15 Liens and Other Interests in Personal Injury Cases</strong></p> <p>This week, Mike is talking with Lincoln Woodard, principal in the firm Walsh Woodard LLC, about Rule 1.15 liens and other interests in personal injury cases. They cover Rule 1.15 and the commentary before covering 5 examples that you may come across in your personal injury practice. This is the first part of a two-part series.</p> <p><a href="https://jud.ct.gov/Publications/PracticeBook/PB.pdf#page=37" target="_blank">Connecticut Practice Book Rule 1.15</a></p>
Nov 08, 2021
Having Difficult Conversations with Clients and Others
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<p><strong>Episode 50 – Having Difficult Conversations with Clients and Others</strong></p> <p><strong></strong></p> <p>This episode is the last in a series between Mike and Doug Brown, an attorney and executive coach. Mike and Doug talk finally about having difficult conversations with clients, staff and others. Doug shares tools for attorneys to have those hard conversations, even if you are someone who avoids conflict.</p> <p><a href="http://www.lclct.org/">Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers</a></p><p><a href="https://summit-success.com/calendarcall">Tame Your To-Do List and Take Control & Say No Without Being Negative</a><br></p>
Oct 25, 2021
How To Avoid Common Mistakes Made By Appellate Attorneys Pt. 2
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<p><strong>Episode 49 – How To Avoid Common Mistakes Made By Appellate Attorneys Pt. 2</strong></p> <p><strong></strong></p> <p>This week, Mike finishes up his conversation with Attorney Carl Cicchetti, chief clerk of the appellate system about common mistakes made by appellate attorneys. This is the second part of a two-part series and this week they discuss transcripts, new readability requirements for appellate briefs, procrastination, being prepared and knowing the panel who will be hearing your case.</p> <p><a href="https://jud.ct.gov/WebDocs/2021/WC000000014233.PDF">Amendment to the Rules of Appellate Procedure</a></p>
Oct 12, 2021
Beating Burnout
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<p><strong>Episode 48 – Beating Burnout</strong></p> <p><strong></strong></p> <p>This week Mike meets back up with Doug Brown, an attorney and executive coach. Mike and Doug talk about attorney burnout: what is it, strategies for avoiding burnout and resources if you are feeling burned out.</p> <p><a href="http://www.lclct.org/">Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers</a></p>
Sep 27, 2021
How To Avoid Common Mistakes Made By Appellate Attorneys Pt. 1
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<p><strong>Episode 47 – How To Avoid Common Mistakes Made By Appellate Attorneys Pt. 1</strong></p> <p><strong></strong></p> <p>This week, Mike talks with Attorney Carl Cicchetti, chief clerk of the appellate system about common mistakes made by appellate attorneys. This is a two-part series and this week they discuss proofreading, consulting current reference materials, being in the moment and tracking deadlines.</p> <p><a href="https://jud.ct.gov/WebDocs/2021/WC000000014233.PDF">Amendment to the Rules of Appellate Procedure</a></p>
Sep 13, 2021
Organizing Your Practice for Maximum Success
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<p><strong>Episode 46 – Organizing Your Practice for Maximum Success</strong></p> <p><strong></strong></p> <p>Mike sits down with Connecticut attorney and executive coach Doug Brown to talk about the organizational side of the practice of law. Doug shares tips and tricks to optimize your time, make your schedule work for you and learn to focus on the most important aspects of your practice. </p> <p><a href="https://summit-success.com/calendarcall">Tame Your To-Do List and Take Control & Say No Without Being Negative</a></p>
Aug 30, 2021
Conservatorships in Connecticut
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<p><strong>Episode 45 – Conservatorships in Connecticut</strong></p> <p><strong></strong></p> <p>This time on Calendar Call, Mike and Probate Court Administrator Beverly K. Streit-Kefalas discuss the ins and outs of conservatorships in Connecticut. From the average conserved person, to the role of attorneys in conservatorships, this is a deep dive into the process in Connecticut Probate Court.</p> <p><a href="http://www.ctprobate.gov/Pages/Welcome.aspx" target="_blank">CT Probate</a><br></p> <p><strong></strong><a href="http://www.ctprobate.gov/Pages/Conservators.aspx" target="_blank">Conservator Resources</a><span class="redactor-invisible-space"></span></p>
Aug 16, 2021
New Practice Book Section Re: Attorney Registration and MCLE
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<p><strong>Episode 44 – New Practice Book Section Re: Attorney Registration and MCLE</strong></p> <p><strong></strong></p> <p>Today, Mike and Alison discuss a revision to the practice book rules regarding MCLE and Attorney Registration. Beginning on January 1, 2022, attorneys who have not registered and/or who have not completed their MCLE are subject to administrative suspension until compliance with the rule can be shown.</p><p><a href="https://www.jud.ct.gov/webforms/forms/CE001.pdf" target="_blank">MCLE Log</a></p>
Aug 02, 2021
Social Media Dos and Don'ts Pt. 3
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<p><strong>Episode 43 – Social Media Dos and Don’ts Pt. 3</strong></p> <p>This is the third and final part of our three part series on social media and, more broadly, technology Dos and Don’ts. This week, Mike discusses the use of email security, texting and remote video technology with attorneys Stephen J. Conover, Marcy Tench Stovall and Brendon P. Levesque. </p>
Jun 28, 2021
Social Media Dos and Don'ts Pt. 2
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<p><strong>Episode 42 – Social Media Dos and Don’ts Pt. 2</strong></p> <p><strong></strong></p> <p>This is the second part of a three part series on social media and, more broadly, technology Dos and Don’ts. This week, Mike discusses the use of technology to research opponents in litigation, preservation of evidence and advertising on social media with attorneys Stephen J. Conover, Marcy Tench Stovall and Brendon P. Levesque. </p> <p><a href="https://www.jud.ct.gov/Publications/PracticeBook/PB.pdf#page=9">Rules of Professional Conduct</a></p>
Jun 14, 2021
Social Media Dos and Don'ts Pt. 1
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<p><strong>Episode 41 – Social Media Dos and Don’ts Pt. 1</strong></p> <p><strong></strong></p> <p>This is the first part of a three part series on social media and, more broadly, technology Dos and Don’ts. This week, Mike discusses the impact of the Rules of Professional Conduct on an attorney’s interaction with technology as well as personal and professional use of social media with attorneys Stephen J. Conover, Marcy Tench Stovall and Brendon P. Levesque. </p> <p><a href="https://www.jud.ct.gov/Publications/PracticeBook/PB.pdf#page=9">Rules of Professional Conduct</a></p>
Jun 01, 2021
Jury Selection Task Force Pt. 2
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<p><strong>Episode 40 – Jury Selection Task Force Pt. 2</strong></p><p><strong></strong></p><p>In this episode of Calendar Call, Mike sits down with Chief Justice Richard A. Robinson, former Chief Justice Chase T. Rogers and Judge Omar Williams to talk about the Jury Selection Task Force. In this final part of the podcast, they discuss the Juror Summoning Subcommittee and the Juror Outreach & Education Subcommittee. </p><p><a href="https://jud.ct.gov/Committees/jury_taskforce/ReportJurySelectionTaskForce.pdf" target="_blank">Jury Selection Task Force Final Report</a></p><p><a href="https://www.cga.ct.gov/2021/FC/PDF/2021HB-06548-R000577-FC.PDF" target="_blank">An Act Concerning The Recommendations Of The Jury Selection Task Force.</a></p>
May 03, 2021
Jury Selection Task Force Pt. 1
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<p><strong>Episode 39 – Jury Selection Task Force Pt. 1</strong></p> <p><strong></strong></p> <p>In this episode of Calendar Call, Mike sits down with Chief Justice Richard A. Robinson, former Chief Justice Chase T. Rogers and Judge Omar Williams to talk about the Jury Selection Task Force. They discuss the history of Batson v. Kentucky and the decision from State v. Holmes. They also discuss two subcommittees from the Task Force: the Implicit Bias in the Jury Selection Process and Batson Challenges Subcommittee and the Data, Statutes & Rules Subcommittee. </p> <p><a href="https://www.jud.ct.gov/Committees/jury_taskforce/ReportJurySelectionTaskForce.pdf">Jury Selection Task Force Final Report</a></p>
Apr 12, 2021
Revisions to the Connecticut Practice Book 2021
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<p><strong>Episode 38 – Revisions to the Connecticut Practice Book 2021</strong></p> <p><strong></strong></p> <p>This week, Mike discusses changes to the Connecticut Practice Book with Attorney Joseph Del Ciampo, director of Legal Services. They discuss the effects of the pandemic on the rules-making process and the resulting new and amended rules that have been published in the Practice Book.</p> <p><a href="https://www.jud.ct.gov/PB.htm">Practice Book 2021</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.jud.ct.gov/Podcast/Posts/Post.aspx?Id=22">Episode 18 – Sept. 3</a></p> <p>This podcast counts for 45 minutes toward the ethics/professionalism requirement for attorneys.</p>
Mar 29, 2021
Code of Evidence: Materiality and Relevance Pt. 1
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<p><strong>Episode 37 -</strong> <strong>Code of Evidence: Materiality and Relevance Pt. 1</strong></p> <p><strong></strong></p> <p>This week in our continued dive into the Code of Evidence, Mike and Judge Prescott are talking about materiality and relevance. They will define each term and explain the difference between the two. They also discuss relevant inferences, successive inferences and adverse inferences. Judge Prescott also touches on cumulative evidence, character evidence and propensity evidence.</p><p> <a href="https://www.jud.ct.gov/Publications/Code2000.pdf#page=15" target="_blank">Code of Evidence</a></p>
Mar 15, 2021
Succession Planning
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<p><strong>Note to Our Listeners:</strong></p><p>We're back! We have resumed recording Calendar Call virtually and will be releasing episodes on a less strict schedule than our every-other-week pre-pandemic schedule. Thank you so much for bearing with us, we hope you're all well. Now, on with the show!</p><p><strong>Episode 36 - Succession Planning</strong><strong></strong></p> <p><strong></strong></p> <p>This week, Mike talks with Judge Kimberly Knox about everything lawyers need to know about succession planning. Who should have a plan in place? What kinds of things should that plan entail? Who needs to know about the plan? </p><p><a href="https://nysba.org/attorney-resources/planning-ahead-guide/" target="_blank">New York State Bar Association Planning Ahead Guide</a><br></p>
Mar 01, 2021
Calendar Call Production Paused
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<p>To our listeners:</p><p>We would like to thank you all for listening to our podcast. We want to let you know that we have stopped production of Calendar Call until further notice. We have a list of topics we hope to tackle when we get back, so please keep an eye out for new episodes and e-mail us at CalendarCall@jud.ct.gov if you have suggestions for future episodes. </p><p>Be well and thank you for your continued support.</p><p>Sincerely,<br>Mike Bowler and Alison Chandler</p>
Jun 01, 2020
Code of Evidence: Hearsay Pt. III
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<p><strong>Episode 35 – Code of Evidence: Hearsay Pt. III</strong></p> <p><strong></strong></p> <p>In this final episode on hearsay and its exceptions, Mike and Judge Prescott discuss the exceptions in which the declarant’s availability is required or not required. Before diving into the exceptions in which the declarant’s availability is required, Mike and Judge Prescott discuss business records and photographs.</p> <p>Exceptions when the declarant’s availability is required:</p> <p>Prior inconsistent statements (State v. Whalen) </p> <p>Identification of a person</p> <p>Exceptions where the declarant must be unavailable:</p> <p>Former testimony</p> <p>Dying declaration</p> <p>Statement against civil interests</p> <p>Statement against penal interest</p> <p>Private boundary dispute</p> <p>Reputation of a past generation</p> <p>Statement of pedigree and family relationships</p> <p>Forfeiture by wrongdoing</p> <p>Lastly, they discuss the residual exception and the tender years exception.</p>
May 19, 2020
Code of Evidence: Hearsay Pt. II
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<p><strong>Episode 34 – Code of Evidence: Hearsay Pt. II</strong></p> <p>This week, Mike and Judge Prescott move on from the definition of hearsay into some of its many exceptions. The exceptions to the hearsay rule are set up by delineating whether the declarant’s availability is required, not required or if the declarant’s availability is immaterial. Judge Prescott lays out the policy reasons for having exceptions in the first place then delves into the exceptions. </p> <p>In this episode they discuss the following exceptions in which a declarant’s availability is immaterial:</p> <p style="margin-left: 60px;">A statement by a party opponent.</p> <p> A spontaneous utterance</p> <p> A statement for purposes of obtaining medical diagnosis or treatment </p> <p> Recorded recollection</p> <p> Public records and reports</p> <p> Statements in ancient documents</p> <p> Published compilations</p> <p> Statement in a family Bible</p> <p> Personal identification</p><p> Statements in learned treatises </p><p><a href="https://jud.ct.gov/Publications/Code2000.pdf#page=39" target="_blank">Sec. 8-3. Hearsay Exceptions: Availability of Declarant Immaterial</a> </p>
Apr 27, 2020
Code of Evidence: Hearsay Pt. I
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<p><strong>Episode 33 -</strong> <strong>Code of Evidence: Hearsay Pt. I</strong></p> <p><strong></strong></p> <p>This week in our continued dive into the Code of Evidence, Mike and Judge Prescott are talking about the hearsay rule. The Code of Evidence defines hearsay as, “a statement other than one made by the declarant while testifying at the proceeding offered in evidence to establish the truth of the matter asserted.” </p> <p>The Code defines a statement as, “any written or oral assertion, or nonverbal conduct of a person, if it is intended by the person as an assertion.” The important thing here is the subjective intent of the declarant in whether or not they intend the statement to be an assertion. </p> <p>An assertion is a communication, made by a person, which is intended to convey information. </p> <p>When it comes to “the truth of the matter asserted,” you need to look at why the statement is being offered. If it is being offered as proof of the contents of the statement, then it is hearsay. </p> <p>What we are really after in this analysis is if the statement is hearsay because if it is hearsay, there are concerns about its reliability. </p> <p><a href="https://jud.ct.gov/Publications/Code2000_0218.pdf#page=306">Code of Evidence: Definition of Hearsay</a></p>
Apr 08, 2020
Jury Administration
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<p><strong>Episode 32 – Jury Administration</strong></p> <p><strong></strong></p> <p>This week, Mike sits down with Esther Harris to discuss how juries are summoned in Connecticut. The Jury Administrator is responsible for summoning jurors and making sure the jurors are qualified to serve on a jury. The names of potential jurors are compiled from four source lists. Those lists come from the Department of Revenue Services, the Department of Labor, the DMV and the registrar of voters. Each year, more than a half million people are summoned to serve on a jury in Connecticut. This is how those jurors are summoned.</p><p><a href="https://www.jud.ct.gov/jury/default.htm" target="_blank">Jury Administration</a><br></p>
Mar 16, 2020
What Are Incubator Programs (and Who Are They For)?
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<p><strong>Episode 31 – What Are Incubator Programs (and Who Are They For)?</strong></p><p>In this week’s episode, Mike talks with attorneys Alicia Kinsman of The Justice Legal Center at The Center for Family Justice, Inc. and Eva Jacobson of the Connecticut Community Law Center. Attorneys Kinsman and Jacobson describe their path to the incubator programs and how they learned incubators are not solely for new practitioners. Both attorneys had established careers before entering their respective programs with the hopes of transitioning to solo practices.</p><p>This week’s episode lays out a road map for attorneys interested in working with the incubator programs.</p><p><a href="https://cclc.law.uconn.edu/" target="_blank">Connecticut Community Law Center</a></p><p>Mark Schreier – 860-570-5156</p><p><a href="http://ejacobsonlaw.com/" target="_blank">Law Offices of Eva Jacobson PLLC</a></p><p><a href="https://centerforfamilyjustice.org/get-help/services/the-justice-legal-center/" target="_blank">The Justice Legal Center at The Center for Family Justice, Inc.</a></p><p>Jennifer A. Ferrante – 203-334-6154 ext. 165</p><p><a href="http://www.arkimmigration.com/" target="_blank">Ark Immigration</a></p>
Mar 03, 2020
Code of Evidence: The Structure
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<p><strong>Episode 30 – Code of Evidence: The Structure</strong></p> <p><strong></strong></p> <p>This episode focuses on the structure and overview of the code. In this episode, Mike and Judge Prescott don’t dive deep into the code, but talk broadly about how the code interacts with statutes, Practice Book sections and the Connecticut Constitution. </p> <p>The code applies to all proceedings in the Superior Court in which facts in dispute are to be found. There are currently seven instances in which the code does not apply to Superior Court proceedings in which facts in dispute are to be found. Grand jury proceedings and proceedings involving sentencings are two examples of these exceptions.</p><p>Tidbits from this episode:</p><p>When the Code of Evidence applies in a certain proceeding, it gives way to statutes, practice book provisions and constitutional provisions if there is any conflict or if any of those other sources of law say that they apply. </p> <p>The commentary for the Code of Evidence is “official.” As such, the commentary is an important source of information as to how the actual Code provisions should be interpreted.</p> <p>The savings clause is a recognition by the adopters of the code that there will be gaps in the code.</p> <p><a href="https://jud.ct.gov/Publications/Code2000_0218.pdf" target="_blank">Connecticut Code of Evidence</a> <br></p>
Feb 18, 2020
A Primer on the Law Libraries
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<p><strong>Episode 29 – A Primer on the Law Libraries </strong></p> <p><strong></strong></p> <p>The Judicial Branch has twelve Law Libraries, which are run by a staff of expert librarians who are there to help members of the bar and the public. In this episode of Calendar Call, Mike talks with Christopher Roy, who is the law librarian in the New Britain Judicial District Law Library. The work of a law librarian now is largely about curating the enormous amount of information that is available to the public through not only the books resources, but the online resources as well. </p> <p>In addition to the resources available at the law libraries are the resources on the website. The librarians curate a blog, which covers new Supreme and Appellate opinions, updates to research guides and the Connecticut Law Journal. The librarians also produce about 80 legal research guides, which are updated annually. </p> <p><a href="https://www.jud.ct.gov/lawlib/" target="_blank">Connecticut Judicial Branch Law Libraries</a></p> <p><a href="https://jud.ct.gov/LawLib/LawLibNews/" target="_blank">NewsLog</a></p> <p><a href="https://jud.ct.gov/lawlib/selfguides.htm" target="_blank">Research Guides</a></p>
Feb 03, 2020
Inside the Court Service Centers
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<p><strong>Episode 28 – Inside the Court Service Centers</strong></p> <p><strong></strong></p> <p>In this episode, Attorney Alexandra Gillett, program manager for the Superior Court Operations division of the Judicial Branch, describes the many services provided by the Court Service Centers to members of the bar and the public. The service centers are in place to provide resources and assistance to court patrons and increase access to court services and information through technology, user-friendly products and personable staff.</p><p><a href="https://www.jud.ct.gov/csc/default.htm" target="_blank">Court Service Centers</a></p>
Jan 21, 2020
An Introduction to the Code Of Evidence
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<p><strong>Episode 27 – An Introduction to the Code Of Evidence</strong></p> <p><strong></strong></p> <p>We start season 2 with the first episode of a multi-part series on the Code of Evidence featuring Appellate Court Judge Eliot Prescott. The first episode will provide an overview of the history and background of the code of evidence. The next episode will give a rough overview of the code and its structure. With our remaining episodes, we will dive deeper into the substance of the code with episodes on hearsay, witnesses and relevancy. We’ll end our series with a dos and don’ts podcast and highlight a few examples of common evidentiary problems. </p> <p>The code of evidence has its roots in common law dating back to our time as a colony. Over the last two-hundred years, the code has grown with statutory enactments. In 1975, the federal rules of evidence were codified for the first time. Following that, Connecticut began considering adopting its own code of evidence that would be easy to access. Early on, the plan for the code was that it would be a statute that contained all the rules of evidence. Once the process got underway, it became clear that the Judicial Branch would be better suited to make changes to the code than to undergo the process that would be required to change a statute. As such, the code was turned over to the judges of the Superior Court.</p> <p>Currently, the ultimate authority on the rules of evidence in Connecticut is the Supreme Court.</p> <p><a href="https://jud.ct.gov/Committees/code_evidence/" target="_blank">Code of Evidence Oversight Committee of the Supreme Court</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.jud.ct.gov/Publications/code2000.pdf" target="_blank">Code of Evidence</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.cga.ct.gov/2014/sum/pdf/2014SUM00120-R01SB-00456-SUM.pdf" target="_blank">Summary of PA 14-120</a></p>
Jan 06, 2020
Season 2 Preview
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<p>Season 2 of Calendar Call will kick off with the first episode of a multi-part series on evidence featuring Appellate Court Judge Eliot Prescott. We will also have episodes about Jury Administration and legal incubators, among other topics. If you have suggested topics, please e-mail us at CalendarCall@jud.ct.gov.</p>
Dec 31, 2019
Limited Scope Representation in Practice
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<p><strong>Episode 26 – Limited Scope Representation in Practice</strong></p> <p><strong></strong></p> <p>Attorney Michael Bowler, Statewide Bar Counsel and Counsel to the Minimum Continuing Legal Education Commission, interviews Attorney Jeff Gentes from the Connecticut Fair Housing Center and Attorney Campbell Barrett from the Law firm of Pullman & Comley on the importance, concerns, complications, and applicability of the Limited Scope of Representation in different legal practices in Connecticut, from marital law to housing.<strong></strong></p> <p><strong>Mike’s Practice Tips:</strong> Every fee agreement should be tailored to the exact issue the LSR is going to involve.</p> <p>Have an understanding of what you’re signing up for.</p> <p>If you don’t know the subject area, Limited Scope Representation is not going to help you.</p> <p><strong>Resources from this episode:</strong></p> <p>Connecticut Fair Housing Center: <a href="https://www.ctfairhousing.org/">https://www.ctfairhousing.org/</a> , 860-263-0731</p> <p>The law firm of Pullman & Comley: <a href="https://www.pullcom.com/">https://www.pullcom.com/</a><strong></strong></p>
Dec 23, 2019
Nuts and Bolts of Limited Scope Representation
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<p><strong>Episode 25 – Nuts and Bolts of Limited Scope Representation</strong></p> <p><strong></strong></p> <p>Attorney Damon Goldstein, Caseflow Management Specialist from Judicial Branch Court Operations, explains Limited Scope Representation in Connecticut, including how it came to be, the different types of LSR and how LSR can be used by attorneys. The different types of Limited Scope Representations are: appearances, counseling, coaching and ghost writing. Appearances can be self-explanatory, but the other areas are a bit more nuanced. For example, counseling is different from coaching in that counseling is generally advisory, whereas coaching is an explanation of a procedural nature. Some examples of coaching are how to examine a witness and how to introduce an exhibit. Lastly, ghost writing is something that is not allowed in other jurisdictions, but is allowed in Connecticut with a notation that a document was prepared with the assistance of counsel.</p> <p><strong>Mike’s Rule to Remember: </strong>Don’t assume that just because there’s a self-represented party appearance that gives you the right to talk to that party about the case.</p> <p><strong>Resources from this episode:</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.jud.ct.gov/WebForms/forms/CL121.pdf" target="_blank">Limited Appearance Form</a> </p> <p><a href="https://www.jud.ct.gov/WebForms/forms/CL122.pdf" target="_blank">Certificate of Completion of Limited Appearance</a></p> <p>General Provisions Sections in Connecticut Practice Book: </p> <p><a href="https://jud.ct.gov/Publications/PracticeBook/PB.pdf#page=174" target="_blank">P.B. Sec 3-8(B), and 3-9(C)</a> <u></u></p> <p><a href="https://jud.ct.gov/Publications/PracticeBook/PB.pdf#page=178" target="_blank">P.B. Sec 4-2(C), Ghost writing</a> </p> <p>Rules of Professional Conduct:</p> <p><a href="https://www.jud.ct.gov/Publications/PracticeBook/PB.pdf#page=11" target="_blank">Sec 1.0 Definitions</a> </p> <p><a href="https://www.jud.ct.gov/Publications/PracticeBook/PB.pdf#page=14" target="_blank">Sec 1.2 (C), Scope of Representation Rule</a> </p> <p><a href="https://www.jud.ct.gov/Publications/PracticeBook/PB.pdf#page=17" target="_blank">Sec 1.5 (B) and (D) Fees</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.jud.ct.gov/Publications/PracticeBook/PB.pdf#page=54" target="_blank">Sec 4.2 Communications with Parties Represented by Counsel</a> </p> <p><a href="https://www.jud.ct.gov/committees/access/" target="_blank">Access to Justice Commission</a> <br></p>
Dec 09, 2019
Top 10 Ethical Pitfalls, pt. 2
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<p><strong>Episode 24 – Top 10 Ethical Pitfalls, pt. 2</strong></p> <p>Attorney Michael Bowler, Statewide Bar Counsel and Counsel to the Minimum Continuing Legal Education Commission, discusses the top 10 ethical pitfalls that new lawyers stumble into.This is part two of a two-part series. The ethical pitfalls discussed in this episode are: competency, civility, personal conduct and confidences.</p> <p><strong>Mike’s Practice Tips: </strong>The commentary to Rule 1.1 requires that attorneys should be competent in technology.<strong></strong></p><p><a href="https://www.jud.ct.gov/Publications/PracticeBook/PB.pdf#page=8" target="_blank">Rules of Professional Conduct</a><br></p>
Nov 25, 2019
Top 10 Ethical Pitfalls, pt. 1
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<p><strong>Episode 23 – Top 10 Ethical Pitfalls, pt. 1</strong></p> <p><strong></strong></p> <p>Attorney Michael Bowler, Statewide Bar Counsel and Counsel to the Minimum Continuing Legal Education Commission, discusses the top 10 ethical pitfalls that new lawyers stumble into. This is part one of a two-part series. The pitfalls in this episode are: financial matters, fees and fee agreements, electronic communications and social media, non-electronic communications and diligence.</p> <p><strong>Mike’s Practice Tips:</strong> If you are hopelessly lost in trying to maintain your trust account, hire an accountant or book keeper to do it for you. A list of book keepers is held by the Statewide Grievance Committee. The Committee can be reached by phone at 860-568-5157 or by e-mail at <a href="mailto:Statewide.Grievance@jud.ct.gov">Statewide.Grievance@jud.ct.gov</a>.</p> <p>Having a calendar and being organized with your calendar is a time tested and true method for staying on top of diligence issues. </p> <p>A good support person is worth his or her weight in gold. And will help with timely communications and deadlines.</p> <p><strong>Resources from this Episode:</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.jud.ct.gov/podcast/Posts/Post.aspx?Id=7" target="_blank">Episode 5 – Opening and Maintaining a Clients’ Funds Account, Part 1</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.jud.ct.gov/podcast/Posts/Post.aspx?Id=9" target="_blank">Episode 6 – Opening and Maintaining a Clients’ Funds Account, Part 2</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.jud.ct.gov/Publications/PracticeBook/PB.pdf#page=8" target="_blank">Rules of Professional Conduct</a></p> <p><strong></strong></p>
Nov 13, 2019
A Primer on Criminal Orders of Protection
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<p><strong>Episode 22 – A Primer on Criminal Orders of Protection</strong></p> <p><strong></strong></p> <p>Deputy Director of Criminal Matters in the Superior Court Operations Division Ralph Dagostine outlines the different criminal orders of protection. He explains how and when these orders are put in place, how they come to an end and who might be affected by them.</p><p><a href="https://www.jud.ct.gov/lawlib/Law/domesticviolence.htm" target="_blank">Law Librarians CT Law By Subject - Domestic Violence</a></p><p><a href="https://www.jud.ct.gov/lawlib/Law/victimsrights.htm " target="_blank">Law Librarians CT Law By Subject - Victims Rights</a> <br></p>
Oct 28, 2019
Probate Court Basics
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<p><strong>Episode 20 – Probate Court Basics</strong></p><p>Probate Court Administrator Beverly Streit-Kefalas discusses the history and functions of the Connecticut Probate Courts. Although many people associate the Probate Court with wills and estates, the function is far broader and includes things such as conservatorships, change of name, adoption proceedings and emancipation of minors. Judge Streit-Kefalas touches on these topics and more in this extended podcast.</p><p><a href="http://www.ctprobate.gov/Pages/Welcome.aspx" target="_blank">Connecticut Probate Courts</a><br></p>
Oct 15, 2019
Courthouse Security
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<p><strong>Episode 20 – Courthouse Security</strong></p> <p>O’Donovan Murphy, Director of Judicial Marshal Services, discusses the role of courthouse marshals, and security at Connecticut’s courthouses.</p> <p><a href="https://jud.ct.gov/Committees/pst/security/default.htm" target="_blank">Court Security Committee</a><br></p>
Sep 30, 2019
Removing GAL/AMCs From Approved List
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<p>Attorney Damon Goldstein, liaison for the Standing Committee on Guardians Ad Litem and Attorneys for the Minor Child in Family Matters, describes the process by which a GAL or AMC can be removed from the list of approved GAL/AMCs in Connecticut. </p><p><a href="https://www.jud.ct.gov/lawjournal/Docs/Misc/2019/33/misc_8107.pdf#page=3" target="_blank">Notice of Procedures by Which an Individual May be Removed from the List of Those Deemed Eligible for Appointment as a Guardian Ad Litem or Attorney for the Minor Child in Family Matters</a><br></p><p>Complaint forms and other information can be found at the following links:<br></p><p><a href="https://www.jud.ct.gov/Committees/GAL_AMC/default.htm" target="_blank">Standing Committee on Guardians Ad Litem and Attorneys for the Minor Child in Family Matters</a><br></p><p><a href="https://www.jud.ct.gov/faq/family.htm" target="_blank">Family Matters FAQs</a><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p>
Sep 16, 2019
Connecticut Practice Book Amendments
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<p><strong>Episode 18 – Connecticut Practice Book Amendments</strong></p><p>Attorney Joseph Del Ciampo, Director of Legal Services and Counsel to the Rules Committee of the Superior Court, joins Mike to discuss recent amendments to the Connecticut Practice Book adopted by the Judges of the Superior Court.</p><p><a href="https://jud.ct.gov/Publications/PracticeBook/pblj_8103.pdf" target="_blank">Connecticut Practice Book Revisions</a><br></p><p>This podcast counts for 29 minutes toward the ethics/professionalism requirement for attorneys.</p>
Sep 03, 2019
Sealing Under Local Federal Rule 57
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<p><strong>Episode 17 – Sealing Under Local Federal Rule 57</strong><strong></strong></p> <p>Attorney Allison Near of the Federal Defenders’ Office, discusses the process for sealing materials in federal criminal litigation pursuant to Rule 57 of the Local Rules of Criminal Procedure.</p><p><strong><a href="http://www.ctd.uscourts.gov/court-info/local-rules-and-orders" target="_blank">U.S. District of Connecticut: Rules and Orders</a></strong><br></p>
Aug 19, 2019
Personal Identifying Information, Using Pseudonyms, Lodging and Sealing
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<p><strong>Episode 16 – Personal Identifying Information, Using Pseudonyms, Lodging and Sealing</strong><br></p><p>Attorney Robert Wilock, Chief Clerk for the Fairfield Judicial District, discusses limitations on the use of personal identifying information in court, the proper use of anonymous complaints using pseudonyms and the processes to lodge and seal documents.</p><p><a href="https://jud.ct.gov/Publications/PracticeBook/PB.pdf#page=179" target="_blank">Connecticut Practice Book Sec. 4-7 Personal Identifying Information To Be Omitted or Redacted from Court Records in Civil and Family Matters</a><br></p><p><a href="https://jud.ct.gov/Publications/PracticeBook/PB.pdf#page=185" target="_blank">Connecticut Practice Book Sec. 7-4B Motion to File under Seal</a><br></p><p><a href="https://jud.ct.gov/Publications/PracticeBook/PB.pdf#page=186" target="_blank">Connecticut Practice Book Sec. 7-4C Lodging a Record</a><br></p><p><a href="https://jud.ct.gov/Publications/PracticeBook/PB.pdf#page=216" target="_blank">Connecticut Practice Book Sec. 11-20A Sealing Files or Limiting Disclosure of Documents in Civil Cases</a><br></p><p><a href="https://jud.ct.gov/Publications/PracticeBook/PB.pdf#page=219" target="_blank">Connecticut Practice Book Sec. 11-20B Documents Containing Personal Identifying Information</a><br></p><p><a href="https://jud.ct.gov/Publications/PracticeBook/PB.pdf#page=313" target="_blank">Connecticut Practice Book Sec. 25-59A Sealing Files or Limiting Disclosure of Documents in Family Matters</a><br></p><p><a href="https://jud.ct.gov/Publications/PracticeBook/PB.pdf#page=315" target="_blank">Connecticut Practice Book Sec. 25-59B Documents Containing Personal Identifying Information</a><br></p>
Aug 05, 2019
Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers
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<p>Attorney Beth Griffin, Executive Director of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, discusses the history and scope of the LCL program in Connecticut. <a href="http://www.lclct.org/">http://www.lclct.org/</a>. </p>
Jul 22, 2019
Copyright
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<p>Attorneys Viviana Livesay and Lori Petruzzelli of the Judicial Branch Legal Services Unit, discuss the basics of copyright law and the Fair Use doctrine.</p><p><a href="https://www.copyright.gov/fair-use/">https://www.copyright.gov/fair-use/</a></p><p><br></p><p><br></p>
Jul 08, 2019
Simplified Divorce
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<p><strong>Episode 13 – Simplified Divorce</strong></p> <p>Johanna Greenfield, Deputy Director for Judicial Branch Court Operations, discusses the simplified divorce process in Connecticut.</p> <p><a href="https://www.jud.ct.gov/Publications/FM265.PDF">https://www.jud.ct.gov/Publications/FM265.PDF</a></p>
Jun 24, 2019
Filing An Appeal
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<p><strong>Episode 12 – Filing an Appeal</strong></p> <p>Attorney Carolyn Ziogas, Chief Clerk for the Appellate and Supreme Courts, discusses the mechanics of filing an appeal, including the ever increasing role of E-Services in the process.</p> <p><a href="https://jud.ct.gov/Publications/PracticeBook/PB.pdf#page=434">https://jud.ct.gov/Publications/PracticeBook/PB.pdf#page=434</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.jud.ct.gov/lawjournal/Docs/Misc/2018/26/pblj_7952.pdf">https://www.jud.ct.gov/lawjournal/Docs/Misc/2018/26/pblj_7952.pdf</a></p> <p><a href="https://jud.ct.gov/HomePDFs/rules_app_102618.pdf">https://jud.ct.gov/HomePDFs/rules_app_102618.pdf</a></p> <p><a href="https://jud.ct.gov/Publications/Handbook_Ap_proc.pdf">https://jud.ct.gov/Publications/Handbook_Ap_proc.pdf</a></p> <p><u> </u></p>
Jun 10, 2019
Foreclosure Mediation and Committees
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<p>Attorney Nancy McGann of the Court Operations Unit discusses the history, process, and success of the Judicial Branch’s foreclosure mediation process and the role of committees for foreclosure.</p> <p><a href="https://www.cga.ct.gov/2015/pub/chap_846.htm#sec_49-31k">https://www.cga.ct.gov/2015/pub/chap_846.htm#sec_49-31k</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.jud.ct.gov/foreclosure/">https://www.jud.ct.gov/foreclosure/</a></p> <p><a href="https://jud.ct.gov/external/super/E-Services/efile/foreclosure_ad_inst.htm">https://jud.ct.gov/external/super/E-Services/efile/foreclosure_ad_inst.htm</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.jud.ct.gov/lawlib/law/foreclosure_mediation.htm">https://www.jud.ct.gov/lawlib/law/foreclosure_mediation.htm</a></p>
May 28, 2019
Appellate Jurisdiction
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<p>Attorney John DeMeo, chief staff attorney for the Supreme and Appellate courts, discusses the role of his office in the appellate process and what it means to have an appealable "final judgment."</p><p><a href="https://www.cga.ct.gov/current/pub/chap_902.htm#sec_52-263">https://www.cga.ct.gov/current/pub/chap_902.htm#sec_52-263</a></p> <p><a href="https://jud.ct.gov/Publications/PracticeBook/PB.pdf#page=434">https://jud.ct.gov/Publications/PracticeBook/PB.pdf#page=434</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.jud.ct.gov/lawjournal/Docs/Misc/2018/26/pblj_7952.pdf">https://www.jud.ct.gov/lawjournal/Docs/Misc/2018/26/pblj_7952.pdf</a></p> <p><a href="https://jud.ct.gov/HomePDFs/rules_app_102618.pdf">https://jud.ct.gov/HomePDFs/rules_app_102618.pdf</a></p> <p><a href="https://law.justia.com/cases/connecticut/supreme-court/1983/11535-2.html">https://law.justia.com/cases/connecticut/supreme-court/1983/11535-2.html</a></p> <p><a href="http://appellateinquiry.jud.ct.gov/CaseDetail.aspx?CRN=55150&Type=PartyName">http://appellateinquiry.jud.ct.gov/CaseDetail.aspx?CRN=55150&Type=PartyName</a></p> <p><a href="http://appellateinquiry.jud.ct.gov/CaseDetail.aspx?CRN=59690&Type=PartyName">http://appellateinquiry.jud.ct.gov/CaseDetail.aspx?CRN=59690&Type=PartyName</a></p> <p><a href="https://jud.ct.gov/Publications/Handbook_Ap_proc.pdf">https://jud.ct.gov/Publications/Handbook_Ap_proc.pdf</a></p>
May 13, 2019
Support Enforcement Services
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<p>Attorney Paul Bourdoulous, director of Support Enforcement Services for the Judicial Branch, discusses the basics of child support enforcement and the IV-D program.</p> <p><a href="https://jud.ct.gov/childsupport/">https://jud.ct.gov/childsupport/</a></p>
Apr 29, 2019
Statutory Construction
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<p> Attorney Michele Morris, permanent law clerk to the Connecticut Supreme Court, discusses the analysis used by the Connecticut courts for statutory construction. <a href="http://mediaservices.eservices.jud.ct.gov/podcast/2019/pdf/statutory interpretation podcast (Updated Overview 10-12-18).pdf">Statutory Construction Podcast Information</a></p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p>
Apr 15, 2019
Housing and Small Claims
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<p><strong>Episode 7 – Housing and Small Claims</strong></p> <p>Roberta Palmer, former Deputy Director of Court Operations, discusses housing session procedure, the housing mediation process and the small claims process.</p> <p>Housing Procedure, <a href="https://www.cga.ct.gov/2015/pub/chap_834.htm">https://www.cga.ct.gov/2015/pub/chap_834.htm</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.jud.ct.gov/housing.htm">https://www.jud.ct.gov/housing.htm</a></p> <p><u>Small Claims Procedure, </u><a href="https://www.jud.ct.gov/Publications/PracticeBook/PB.pdf#page=289"></a>https://www.jud.ct.gov/Publications/PracticeBook/P...</p> <p><a href="https://www.jud2.ct.gov/Small_Claims/">https://www.jud2.ct.gov/Small_Claims/</a></p>
Apr 01, 2019
Opening and Maintaining a Client's Funds Account, Part 2
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<p>This is part two of a two-part episode about Client's Funds Accounts. If you missed part one of the episode, please go back and check out episode 5. In part two, Attorney Mickelson-Dera discusses the overdraft and random trust account processes and what to do if you’re audited.</p> <p>Random Trust Accounts, Practice Book Section 2-27(e), <a href="https://www.jud.ct.gov/Publications/PracticeBook/PB.pdf#page=133">https://www.jud.ct.gov/Publications/PracticeBook/PB.pdf#page=133</a></p> <p>Overdrafts, Practice Book Section 2-28, <a href="https://www.jud.ct.gov/Publications/PracticeBook/PB.pdf#page=135">https://www.jud.ct.gov/Publications/PracticeBook/PB.pdf#page=135</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.jud.ct.gov/sgc/faq_trustaccts_audit.htm">https://www.jud.ct.gov/sgc/faq_trustaccts_audit.htm</a></p>
Mar 18, 2019