Tag Archives: Current Events

LGBTQ+ Pride Month

June is Pride Month and an opportune time to talk about laws affecting the LGBTQ+ community. The purpose of Pride Month is to raise awareness and celebrate the progress reached thus far. But it is also a time to recognize the existence of impediments to achieving full equality and to come together to create a… Read More »

NEW LEGISLATION REINFORCES ATTORNEY ROLE IN CONNECTICUT REAL ESTATE CLOSINGS

Using an attorney to perform real estate closings is the norm in Connecticut, and many people assume that this is the case everywhere in the United States. However, in about half of the states, an attorney is not typically used by local custom, and the use of an attorney is required by law in only… Read More »

SHARING THE ROAD WITH MOTORCYCLISTS THIS SUMMER

We are finally experiencing some warmer weather, and the rain seems to have stopped, which means that there will be more and more motorcyclists out on the road. It is important to keep in mind that those operating smaller vehicles, such as motorcycles, are much more likely to be injured in the event of an… Read More »

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES: Technology with Risks

Last year I wrote about the future in a blog dealing with autonomous vehicles and some of the challenges that come along with the emerging technology.  As automakers and ride sharing companies race to the finish line in an effort to perfect the technological advances that will set them aside from the rest so as… Read More »

DENVER FIRST IN NATION TO DECRIMINALIZE PSYCHEDELIC MUSHROOMS

~Why did the mushroom get invited to all the parties? ~ Because he was a fungi.~ On Tuesday, May 7th, citizens of Denver, Colorado voted “yes” on an ordinance that decriminalizes Psilocybin, the hallucinogenic compound in “magic mushrooms.” The ordinance passed by an extremely narrow margin with 50.56% voting in favor of decriminalization and 49.44%… Read More »

DISTRACTED WALKING

My last blog was on distracted driving and the consequences of doing so. Should there also be laws against distracted walking? As technology continues to advance and the demand for the necessity of multi-tasking increases, we see more and more people walking around with their eyes glued to their phones; earbuds deafening their ears; and… Read More »

ELEPHANTS IN THE NEWS: What does it Mean to be an Elephant in Connecticut?

While perhaps an unusual topic for a legal blog, a three judge panel at the Appellate Court heard arguments this week from an animal rights group on the issue of whether animals possess the same rights as human beings for purposes of a writ of habeas corpus (a way of protection against any detention that… Read More »

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR AN “ABLE” ACCOUNT?

ABLE accounts (“Achieving a Better Life Experience”) allow an individual, who was disabled prior to age 26, to set up an account which allows the funds to grow tax-deferred and which will not be counted as an asset for public benefits the disabled person may be receiving as a result of their disability. One of… Read More »

DISTRACTED DRIVING

In Connecticut, distracted driving is defined in approximately three pages of typed legalese as codified in Connecticut General Statutes §14-296aa. The first page (Subsection (a)) contains mostly definitions, the second and third pages set forth the actual law. Specifically, subsections (b) thru (e) go into great detail about use of cell phones and texting, but… Read More »

WHISTLEBLOWER CLAIMS UNDER CONNECTICUT LAW

  Connecticut, like many other states, has enacted a statute that protects an employee from adverse employment action as a result of reporting certain violations of state or federal laws by his or her employer. Known as “The Whistleblower Statute,” Connecticut General Statutes 31-51m provides that “no employer shall discharge, discipline or otherwise penalize any… Read More »

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