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ATTORNEY MEREDITH G. DIETTE JOINS BERCHEM MOSES PC’s LABOR & EMPLOYMENT LAW GROUP

Meredith G. Diette recently joined Berchem Moses PC as a Partner in the Labor & Employment Law Department. She advises private, non-profit and municipal clients on laws governing the employment relationship, and assists clients during collective bargaining and binding arbitration proceedings. Attorney Diette represents employers in negotiations, hearings and trials before the National Labor Relations Board, the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and state and federal courts. Prior to joining the firm, she was a Shareholder at Siegel, O’Connor, O’Donnell & Peck, P.C. in Hartford and New London, Connecticut.

Attorney Diette is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association and the New London Bar Association, and is on the Board of Directors for the Human Resource Leadership Association (HRLA) of Eastern Connecticut. She is a member and trustee of the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut and past president of the Rotary Club of New London. Attorney Diette is a regular lecturer on topics including employee handbooks, hiring practices, sexual harassment in the workplace, wage and hour law compliance, and other employment law issues. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park and Boston College Law School. Meredith Diette resides with her husband and sons in Gales Ferry, Connecticut.

"Meredith Diette brings a unique perspective to the labor and employment team at Berchem Moses PC with her municipal law experience in eastern Connecticut," said Floyd J. Dugas, Chair of the Labor & Employment Law Department. "She will provide a strategic connection between the Labor & Employment and Municipal Law practice groups that will enhance our ability to collaboratively solve legal issues for our clients," Dugas added.

"I am thrilled to join the highly regarded team at Berchem Moses PC," said Attorney Diette. "I am particularly excited about the firm’s integrated approach to addressing challenges, and look forward to working with recognized experts in various legal specialties."

Attorney Desi Imetovski to panel CLE seminar on Ethics in Practice for the Connecticut Bar Association

Sometimes well-intentioned people get into unintentional trouble. This seminar will address some of the top ethical concerns facing attorneys today. The two hour session will be held on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 from 6-8 p.m. at the CBA Law Center in New Britain, CT. It is presented by the Professionalism Committee and the Professional Discipline Section and includes 2.0 CLE Credits.

Attendees will learn how to avoid ethical violations in contemporary practice. The seminar includes an overview of the grievance process, how to respond to a grievance complaint, and how to avoid grievances through careful client selection.

To learn more or to register for the program, click here.

Attorney Michelle Laubin addresses complex question, "Why Are We Still Failing African American and Latino Male Students?" at CABE/CAPSS Convention

A clinic at the 2017 CABE/CAPSS Convention sought to address a complex question: "Where Have We Gone Wrong? Why Are We Still Failing African American and Latino Male Students?"

The session was led by a team from New Haven Public Schools, including Fair Haven Middle School Principal Heriberto Cordero, Supervisor of Youth Development and Engagement Kermit Carolina, and Director of Students Services Typhanie Jackson, as well as Attorney Michelle Laubin of law firm BerchemMoses PC.

"Why are we discussing African American and Latino males?" asked Carolina. "We know the reason- African American and Latino males are at the bottom of every negative statistical category you can think of... so we really need to unpack this and that's why we are here today."

Laubin explained that Connecticut's system of town/city boundaries being the boundaries of the local school district-established via a state statute written in 1919-often isolates racial groups and perpetuates stereotypes.

"If you live in the suburbs in Connecticut, chances are you are living in a majority white town," she said. "And, if you live in an urban area, chances are we are looking at a predominately African American/Latino community."

Living in these pockets means "we don't get to know each other, we don't share schools, we don't share communities, we don't share churches," observed Laubin, and racial stereotypes "never get exploded, never get overruled by our experience, so it leads to the perpetuation of implicit bias."

She noted that efforts to diversify schools-including busing students, magnet and charter schools- haven't worked and "radical" solutions were needed to tackle this problem, including potentially making each county its own school system.

"If you think about how that would work, every urban area would have the resources of the entire county-so Bridgeport would have the resources of Fairfield County; Hartford would have the resources of Hartford County," she said.

Jackson touched on the importance of "creating a cultural competence system," and the need for cultural competence training, in order to ensure black and Latino students aren't left behind.

"And look at that talent management strategy because in order to engage in restorative practices ... you often have to have a restorative lens," she stated.

Carolina and Cordero talked about the success of Hillhouse High School's Freshman Academy.

"I'm a big proponent of a freshman academy," said Carolina. "You lose most of your male students- particularly black and Latinos-in 9th grade ... you see suspensions, absenteeism..."

He continued, "We felt that to change the culture of the building, you start with the 9th grade and work your way up."

Changing that culture involved hiring new teachers "because we wanted energetic new people with ideas," added Carolina.

Cordero noted the academy's success could be attributed to strong bonds built between teachers and students.

"The teachers really build strong relationships" and "that was the key to success in this model," he said.

Reprinted with permission from the January 2018 CABE Journal. By Chris Seymour, Reporter, CABE

Jonathan D. Berchem Selected as James W. Cooper Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation

Jonathan D. Berchem was recently selected to become a James W. Cooper Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation, a collection of the State’s most outstanding lawyers, judges and teachers who devote their time and talent to sponsoring programs that address matters concerning the legal profession, the administration of justice, and the rule of law in society.

The Fellows Program is named in honor of James W. Cooper who was a prominent New Haven attorney and served as President of the Connecticut Bar Foundation, the Connecticut Bar Association, and was a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. In 1982, Attorney Cooper was the recipient of the Charles J. Parker Award for distinguished contributions to legal services for the poor. The Fellows have several ongoing projects including the History of Connecticut Women in the Legal Profession, a Truancy Intervention Project in New Britain schools, a mentoring project through Hartford Promise, and various other symposiums. Another project, the Connecticut Innocence Fund, continues to make bridge loans to exonerees.

Jonathan Berchem, a Senior Partner at the statewide law firm of Berchem Moses PC, practices in the areas of municipal law and general civil litigation, including insurance defense, construction litigation and employment law. In November of 2011, Attorney Berchem was appointed as Milford City Attorney. He had previously served the City of Milford as a Fire Commissioner from 2008 to 2011.

Jonathan Berchem is a member of the Milford, New Haven County and Connecticut Bar Associations, as well as the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. He has worked tirelessly for the advancement of the legal profession; for more than twenty years Attorney Berchem has volunteered as a Connecticut Bar exam grader and also serves as a member of the Grievance Panel for Fairfield County.

Jonathan Berchem is deeply committed to the welfare of his community, state and nation. He formerly chaired the Board of Directors of the United Way of Milford, Inc. for two years and was a member for over 15 years. He is presently a member of the Board of Directors of Milford Rape Crisis. Attorney Berchem has previously served on the Board of Directors of the Cardinal Shehan Center in Bridgeport and the Board of Managers of the Woodruff Family YMCA. On October 25, 2017, Jonathan Berchem was honored by Connecticut Yankee Council Boy Scouts of America with 2017 Milford/Orange Good Scout Award for his contributions to the betterment of the quality of life in Milford through his community involvement.

Berchem Moses Brings Holiday Cheer to Bridgeport Area Families

For the fifth consecutive year, the staff at Berchem Moses PC donated gifts through the Bridgeport Alpha Community Services YMCA to benefit area families. More than 154 gifts were donated to help spread holiday cheer to families in need...an amazing team effort!

Alpha Community Services became a branch of the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA in 1992 and for the past 24 plus years, the community has come to rely on the organization to provide a sense of community, hope and a safe place to belong to a growing population of homeless men, women and children.

Berchem Moses PC wishes a wonderful holiday season and happy new year to all of our clients and our community!

Westport office donates to Homes with Hope

The Westport Berchem Moses PC office made its annual holiday donation to Homes with Hope, a Westport organization designed to assist people who have lost their ability to remain in their homes. Shown in the photo, from left, are Ira Bloom, Shavonne Dash, M.S.W. Case Manager at the Gillespie Center, Eileen Flug, Peter Gelderman, and Jeff Wieser, President and CEO of Homes with Hope.

SIX ATTORNEYS FROM BERCHEM MOSES PC NAMED TO 2017 CONNECTICUT SUPER LAWYERS®

Only 5 percent of attorneys in the state are selected to receive this prestigious honor


MILFORD AND WESTPORT, CT
: Marsha Belman Moses, Ira W. Bloom, Floyd J. Dugas, Christopher M. Hodgson, Mario F. Coppola and Warren L. Holcomb of Berchem Moses PC have been named to the Connecticut Super Lawyers list as top attorneys for 2017. Each year, no more than five percent of attorneys in Connecticut are selected by Super Lawyers.

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a rigorous, multi-phased process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an individual research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area. The Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers magazines and in leading city and regional magazines across the country. The first Super Lawyers list was published in 1991, and by 2009 the rating service had expanded nationwide. In February 2010, Super Lawyers was acquired by Thomson Reuters, the world's leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals.

Marsha Belman Moses, the firm's Managing Partner, was named as a leader in the field of School and Education Law. Attorney Moses has represented boards of education both at the administrative and judicial levels for more than thirty years. She is a past President of the Connecticut School Board Attorneys Council, and a member of the Education Committee of the Connecticut Bar Association and the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education.

Ira W. Bloom, Senior Partner in the firm's Westport office, has been named for eight consecutive years for his work in area of Land Use & Zoning. Attorney Bloom is a James W. Cooper Fellow and former member of the House of Delegates for the Connecticut Bar Association, as well as former chair of the Connecticut Bar Association Planning & Zoning Section. Mr. Bloom has been Town Attorney for Westport since 1998, New Canaan since 2012, and has served as counsel to Easton and Madison for several years. Partner Mario F. Coppola, also based in Westport, was selected for his work in Local and Municipal Law, and has been listed since 2013. Attorney Coppola was named by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star from 2010-2012. He currently serves as Corporation Counsel for the City of Norwalk and an Assistant Town Attorney for the Town of Westport. Mr. Coppola has also served as a Town Attorney for the Town of Trumbull and regularly provides legal representation and services to other municipalities.

Attorneys Floyd J. Dugas, Christopher M. Hodgson, and Warren L. Holcomb have all been recognized as leaders in Employment and Labor Law. Senior Partner Floyd Dugas heads up the firm's Municipal Labor & Employment practice and is also a member of the firm's Education Law department. Attorney Dugas was involved in discussions resulting in the New Haven Reform contract, heralded by local and national leaders as a model for public school reform and recognized by the Obama administration as precisely the type of reform needed to improve student achievement, particularly in lower socio-economic enclaves. Christopher Hodgson, also a Senior Partner, has been named by Super Lawyers for nine consecutive years. Attorney Hodgson has represented numerous private and public sector employers in collective bargaining and labor relations matters, and has also represented management in a wide spectrum of labor and employment litigation in state and federal courts. Warren L. Holcomb is a Partner in the Milford office whose practice concentrates on labor and employment law and civil rights litigation. He has tried numerous jury and non-jury cases in state and federal courts, including the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit. Earlier in his career, Mr. Holcomb was Vice President of Industrial Relations for Universal Studios in Los Angeles, CA.

About Berchem Moses PC – From its roots as a general practice law firm established in 1933, Berchem Moses PC has grown into a sophisticated multi-practice law firm with 40 attorneys in three offices located in Milford, Norwalk, and Westport, Connecticut. For more information, visit www.berchemmoses.com or call (203) 783-1200.

Annual Walter Camp Football Foundation Toy Drive Sponsored by Berchem Moses PC Generates Hundreds of Gifts for the Yale-New Haven Hospital Auxiliary Toy Closets Program


Pictured (L-R) are: Berchem Moses PC Attorneys and Staff,
(Back Row): David DeGrasse, Greg Kimmel, Ira Bloom, Mario Coppola, (Middle Row): Josh Singer, Floyd Dugas, Bryan LeClerc, (Front Row): Steve O’Dea, Chris Hodgson, Carolyn Dugas, Cecilia Urbanowicz

The annual Walter Camp Day at the Bowl was held on Friday, November 3, when the Yale University Bulldogs hosted the Brown University Bears in the second night game ever held in the 104-year history of historic Yale Bowl. Berchem Moses PC sponsored the pre-game event for the ninth consecutive year to support the Walter Camp Football Foundation (WCFF) and the Yale-New Haven Hospital Auxiliary Toy Closets Program. Fans, friends and firm clients were asked to bring a new unwrapped toy to support the cause, and in return, received a free general admission ticket to the game. Attorneys and clients of the law firm donated hundreds of toys again this year, bringing the total-to-date to more than 3,000 gifts for children who are patients at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Additionally, guests had the opportunity to have their photo taken with the Walter Camp Player of the Year Trophy and the Heisman Trophy won by Yale football player Clinton Frank in 1937. The Walter Camp Player of the Year Award is given annually to the collegiate American football Player of the Year as decided by the NCAA Division I-A head coaches; Walter Camp played college football at Yale College from 1876 to 1882 and is known as the "Father of American Football". The Heisman Memorial Trophy Award is awarded annually to the most outstanding player in college football in the United States whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity.

"The Walter Camp Football Foundation is very appreciative of Berchem Moses PC’s generous support over several years," said Michael Madera, WCFF President. "Each year the WCFF Toy Drive sponsored by Berchem Moses PC has grown exponentially, becoming one of the largest annual toy drives for Yale-New Haven Hospital Auxiliary’s Toy Closets program, which provides good cheer for so many hospitalized children," Madera added.

The Yale-New Haven Hospital Auxiliary’s Toy Closets program was developed to provide new, age-appropriate and educational toys to pediatric patients at the Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital. Founded in 1993 by Ann Nyberg, WTNH News Channel 8 anchorwoman, the Toy Closets help insure that pediatric patients come away from their hospitalization with a pleasant memory. In addition, the toys serve as gifts for special occasions such as birthdays and holiday celebrations for hospitalized children. Toys, gifts and financial contributions are needed throughout the year. The success of the Toy Closets program is directly related to community involvement, such as Walter Camp Day at the Bowl. The Auxiliary encourages schools, organizations and businesses to make the program the recipient of their community-minded efforts.

Attorney Jon Berchem receives prestigious award from the Boy Scouts of America

Congratulations to Milford's City Attorney, Jon Berchem, who was named a Good Scout by the Boy Scouts of America's CT Yankee Council. He, as well as Judy Smith of Orange Hills Country Club, were recognized for their leadership in the community which helps to inspire future generations of young people.

Berchem Moses PC education attorneys participate in editing of reference book for school health services

Attorneys Michelle Laubin, Christine Sullivan, Carolyn Dugas, Eric Barba and John Khalil recently acted as peer reviewers for a new publication titled "Legal Resource for School Health Services". The reference book addresses legal issues impacting all who provide health services in schools, counsel schools, and are responsible for school health services programs. The publication covers legal implications of commonly encountered issues and presents legal resources and references that can be applied to practice and policy development. Over 50 topics are included including information on federal laws, compliance, medication administration, professional licensure and malpractice, minor rights, mental health and more.

The Statewide Law Firm Of Berchem Moses PC Announces New Name And Several Additions To Its Legal Team

In recognition of its consistent growth and increasing statewide presence, the law firm formerly known as Berchem, Moses & Devlin, P.C. has rebranded with a new name, Berchem Moses PC. On September 5, 2017, sign unveiling ceremonies were held at the firm's offices in Milford and Westport (CT). In Milford, Mayor Ben Blake and members of the Chamber of Commerce participated in the celebration, along with Berchem Moses PC leadership and staff.

The firm's new logo, which appears on new signage, printed materials, electronic and digital media, is reflective of its long and storied history, while also incorporating a more contemporary look and feel. The "sunburst" symbol conveys the vision of a bright future for Berchem Moses PC as the firm continually recruits senior level management staff and cultivates young attorneys poised for leadership roles.

The firm originally was founded by William Gitlitz in 1933. Robert L. Berchem joined in 1967, and together with Marsha Belman Moses, who joined in 1975, has led the firm's growth to 40 attorneys today. The firm currently employs over 70 people including attorneys, paralegals, and administrative staff.

In the past two years, seven senior level attorneys have joined Berchem Moses PC, along with several new associates:

  • Christopher M. Hodgson was named as Senior Partner in the firm’s Labor & Employment Law Department in August 2015. Since 1990, Mr. Hodgson has represented numerous private and public sector employers in collective bargaining and labor relations matters, including negotiating collective bargaining agreements, presenting municipal and Board of Education interest arbitration cases, and defending grievance arbitration claims. He has also represented management in a wide spectrum of labor and employment litigation in state and federal courts.
  • In June 2017, Christine Owens Morgan was named as Senior Partner in the Commercial Real Estate & Financing, Business Law, and Affordable Housing & Economic Development Departments. Prior to joining Berchem Moses PC, Ms. Morgan spent more than 25 years at the firm of Wiggin and Dana where she was lead counsel on many highly visible affordable housing developments and commercial real estate transactions across the State of Connecticut.
  • Eileen Lavigne Flug also joined the firm in 2017 as Senior Counsel in the Municipal and Corporate Law Departments. She formerly served as Of Counsel for Cohen and Wolf, P.C. Ms. Flug was the leader of a 36-member elected legislative body in Westport, CT that approved budgets of over $200 million for the town.
  • Christine A. Sullivan joined the firm in 2016 as Senior Counsel in the firm’s Education Law Department. She formerly served as Director of Education and Training at the UConn Health Center, A.J. Pappanikou Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Education, Research and Service.
  • Paula N. Anthony was named as Senior Counsel in the firm’s Labor & Employment Law Department in 2016. She formerly served as Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Waterbury, Connecticut.
  • Desi Imetovski, formerly the Assistant Chief Disciplinary Counsel for the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch, joined the firm in 2016 as Senior Counsel in the Affordable Housing and Community & Economic Development Department.
  • Alfred P. Bruno was named as Senior Counsel in the firm’s Litigation and Education Law Departments in 2016. He formerly served as General Counsel for the State Education Resource Center (SERC).

Additional appointments will be announced in the coming months.

Berchem Moses PC sponsors Anti-Defamation League of Connecticut's "Voices: A Concert for Unity"

The Anti-Defamation League of Connecticut used many voices to bring area residents together in a celebration of similarities and differences. "Voices: A Concert for Unity" was sponsored by Berchem Moses PC. The event was held at the Levitt Pavillion for the Performing Arts in Westport, CT, on Sunday, September 10. The concert inspired its audience through music, dance, video and spoken word and featured national artists including the Plain White T’s, Paul Shaffer, Alisan Porter, Suzanne Vega, Garland Jeffreys, Adam Kaplan and many more.

Berchem Moses PC sponsors Lobsterfest

Berchem Moses was a Silver Sponsor at the Westport Rotary's Lobsterfest held at Compo Beach in Westport on September 16, 2017. Over 1500 people enjoyed this annual event. Shown in the photo are Ira Bloom and his wife, Karen.

Berchem Moses PC Welcomes New Senior Partner, Christine Owens Morgan

Christine Owens Morgan recently joined Berchem Moses PC as a Senior Partner in the Commercial Real Estate & Financing, Business Law, and Affordable Housing & Economic Developments. She has experience in all aspects of real estate, including sales and acquisitions, joint ventures, leases, easements, and local counsel opinions. Ms. Morgan has represented developers of affordable housing for rental units, condominium units for first-time homeowners, and mixed-used developments. Prior to joining Berchem Moses PC, Ms. Morgan spent more than 25 years at the firm of Wiggin and Dana where she helped lead many highly visible developments and commercial real estate transactions across the state of Connecticut.

"Christine Owens Morgan’s extensive real estate experience brings a wealth of knowledge to the legal team at Berchem Moses PC", said Robert L. Berchem founder of the law firm. "We are delighted that she has chosen to join our organization as we continue to grow and evolve."

Christine Owens Morgan is a graduate of Connecticut College and the University of Connecticut School of Law. She is a James Cooper Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation. Early in her career Ms. Morgan served pro bono as a legal advisor to the Charter Revision Commission of the City of New Haven, and she has continued to volunteer and serve in many roles in the community.

"I am thrilled to join the highly-regarded team at Berchem Moses PC," said Christine Owens Morgan. "I am particularly excited about the firm’s integrated approach to addressing challenges, and look forward to working with recognized experts in many legal specialties."

Berchem Moses PC has offices in Milford and Westport, Connecticut. The firm has forty attorneys and more than 80 years of experience representing the interests of municipalities, boards of education, housing authorities and employers across the state.

Attorney Richard J. Buturla Leads DKE to Victory In Trial Over Fraternity House Closure

A jury recently sided with Delta Kappa Epsilon in its claim against Wesleyan University over the closure of the DKE fraternity house on High Street in Middletown, CT, in 2015. Attorney Richard J. Buturla was lead trial counsel for DKE, assisted by Attorney Bryan L. LeClerc.

The six-member jury spent about six hours deliberating before finding that Wesleyan violated the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act, made negligent misrepresentations and interfered with the fraternity's business relationships.

The jury awarded damages of $386,000 to the Kent Literary Club, DKE's Wesleyan alumni chapter. The verdict does not automatically reopen the fraternity house, but allows DKE to seek "equitable relief" in court to argue for reinstating the fraternity's housing status.

Kent Literary Club President Gary Breitbord said he hopes the fraternity and Wesleyan can resolve the remaining issues outside of court.

The fraternity sued Wesleyan in 2015 after administrators revoked DKE's program housing status when it claimed the chapter did not submit an adequate plan to meet a requirement for fraternities to admit women. DKE members have not been allowed to live in the house at 276 High St. since the start of the 2015-16 school year.

To read the entire story by Shawn R. Beals published in the Hartford Courant on June 15, 2017, click here.

Paula Anthony Voted In As Treasurer of CBA Labor and Employment Law Section

On June 12, 2017, the Executive Committee unanimously voted in its slate of officers for the upcoming year (July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018):

President: Joshua Goodbaum
Vice Chair: Rachel Ginsburg
Secretary: Jay Crowley
Treasurer: Paula Anthony

The Labor and Employment Law Section of the Connecticut Bar Association is comprised of practitioners who represent individuals, unions, employers and agencies, or serve as neutrals. The functions of the Section include studying and analyzing legal principles having particular significance to labor or employment law; providing leadership in matters of public importance affecting labor or employment law; educating through the publication of works of legal scholarship and presentation of the highest quality educational programs; promoting diversity within the labor and employment Bar, and fostering collegial relations among the diverse practitioners within the section and between the section and other professions and disciplines.

Mario Coppola addresses the Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association

Attorney Mario Coppola participated in a presentation at the Mark Twain Museum Center to the Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association regarding "Hot Topics In Land Use Law and Practice 2017". Attorney Coppola specifically moderated a panel of some of the leading land use attorneys in Connecticut regarding an update on Connecticut land use law. Planners and other municipal officials throughout Connecticut attended the event.

Senior Counsel Christine Sullivan addresses students at the annual Governor's Scholars Luncheon sponsored by Berchem Moses PC

Berchem Moses PC again partnered with the Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS) to sponsor the highly-esteemed Governor’s Scholars Program. The Governor’s Scholars Program recognizes academically talented high school students in schools throughout the state. Principals of CAS member high schools are given the opportunity to nominate one junior who ranks in the top five percent of his or her class. Members of the Governor’s Scholars Committee who are professional educators from throughout the state review the students’ SAT scores, judge the completed applications and student essays, and apply a composite score to each nomination. Based on total scores, a select group of the top students are selected as "Governor’s Scholars".

This year's award luncheon was held on May 18, 2017 at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington. Senior Counsel Christine Sullivan addressed the thirty honorees along with their parents, teachers, and school administrators. These impressive students will have the opportunity to participate in coursework at more than 30 colleges and universities to earn college credit during their senior year in high school, and will qualify for a renewable $5,000 scholarship to UCONN for each of four undergraduate years.

CAS Executive Director Dr. Karissa Niehoff stated, "The Governor’s Scholars Program gives highly talented students in Connecticut not only the recognition they deserve, but also great opportunities to pursue higher education within our state. Without the support and generosity of Berchem Moses this program would not be possible."

A leading player in the field of education law and municipal labor relations in the state of Connecticut, Berchem Moses PC, has more than 30 years of experience representing the interests of public, private and charter schools throughout the state. Our firm is committed to addressing our clients’ unique needs and achieving their goals.

The Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS) is a private, non-profit organization whose purpose is to improve the learning of every student in Connecticut by contributing to the advancement of elementary and secondary education. CAS, through its divisions including the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC), works to serve the collective interests and needs of Connecticut schools by providing leadership and professional development services to promote excellence in the education of all students.

Robert L. Berchem named as Chairman of University of Bridgeport's Presidential Search Committee

The head of the University of Bridgeport recently announced his retirement. President Neil Albert Salonen will leave the university, effective June 2018. Board of Trustee Co-Chairman Frank N. Zullo has named Trustee Robert Berchem as chairman of a university presidential search committee.

Click here to read the news article published on ctpost.com on May 10, 2017.

Team BMD helps raise funds for the Newtown Collaborative Recovery Fund in the 2017 Sandy Hook 5k

Team BMD once again participated in the annual Sandy Hook 5K which was held on April 1, 2017 to raise money for the Newtown Collaborative Recovery Fund. The Fund helps pay the out of pocket mental health expenses for those who have been most impacted by the 12-14-12 tragedy. This year, more than $68,000 was generated through this event. A percentage of the proceeds will go directly to the chosen nonprofit organizations of the 26 families who lost loved ones.

Ryan Driscoll was this year’s team leader. Eric Barba, Dave DeGrasse, and John Khalil represented BMD and ran for the cause along with 1,300 other participants. Special congratulations to John Khalil who came in second in his age group with a time of 21:39!

The Newtown Bee published two articles about the race, please read below.

https://newtownbee.com/volunteers-and-participants-show-support-in-annual-sandy-hook-road-race/

https://newtownbee.com/boughan-and-mcrae-lead-more-than-1200-runners-in-sandy-hook-5k/

For more information, visit the event website at http://5krunforshf.org/ .

Fairfield University Alums Robert Berchem and Bryan LeClerc facilitate purchase of state-of-the-art wheelchair for Dean’s List Student

Attorneys Robert Berchem (left) and Bryan LeClerc (right) present Meg Moore with her new wheelchair

Twenty-year-old Fairfield University sophomore Meg Moore was born with cerebral palsy, but that hasn’t stopped her from being a leader on the Fairfield University campus. Meg is a straight-A Dean’s List student, participates in the varsity pep band, is a campus ministry lector, and a member of the university’s literary club. She recently founded the Yes-You-Can Club to provide support for cancer patients and disabled people throughout Fairfield County. And, despite her disability, she never loses her positive attitude and amazing smile.

Meg’s seven-year-old wheelchair, which she had outgrown, was literally held together with duct tape and bungee cords. Learning of her need for a new chair and a fundraising effort by campus public safety officers, Attorneys Robert Berchem and Bryan LeClerc took charge to make Meg’s dream become a reality. They represented the Moore family pro-bono, negotiated with the manufacturer and vendor to obtain a deeply discounted price, and secured substantial contributions from several donors. The new state-of-the-art chair allows Meg to both remain pain-free throughout her busy day, as well as rise to a standing position to better participate in her classes. The chair, which retails for $60,000, and is blue tooth compatible, has headlights, and travels up to 7.5 miles per hour.

"This is truly a heartwarming story about how a community joined together to help a student in need," said Bryan LeClerc, a 1984 graduate of Fairfield University. "When Bob and I learned of the on-campus fundraising efforts, we were compelled to get involved and use our skills and contacts to make Meg’s dream become a reality’" LeClerc added.

On Friday, March 31, the Fairfield University community witnessed a motorcade of six police vehicles from the Town of Fairfield Police and University Public Safety Departments surprise Meg with the new chair. More than 100 students, faculty and staff were present on a rainy day to cheer the arrival.

Overwhelmed with emotion, Meg, who is unable to speak, typed a message on her speech-generating device, saying that she was totally unsuspecting and incredibly grateful. "After spending over a year fighting for this wheelchair, it is such a relief to be able to sit and stand in a chair that fits and is actually comfortable," Meg posted on her Facebook page. "I smiled, I laughed, I cried … feeling everything under the sun," she added.

"Our 40 attorneys are deeply committed to giving back to the communities we serve, not only monetarily but through personal efforts" said Robert Berchem founder and senior partner at the statewide law firm Berchem Moses PC "As a proud alumnus of Fairfield University, Meg’s story touched my heart and I was very proud to be able to help her cause," Berchem added.

City of Bridgeport, represented by BMD Attorney Bryan LeClerc, prevails in zoning cease and desist order

O&G East End facility. Photo Ned Gerard CT Post.

Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim, flanked by neighborhood activists and elected officials, hailed Superior Court Judge Dale Radcliffe’s order for O&G Industries to "immediately cease and desist from the use and maintenance of a recycling, concrete crushing, storage and stockpiling facility at 1225 Seaview Avenue" in the East End. O&G’s blighted plant covers more than five acres of waterfront property.

Click here to read the article published on March 17, 2017 in www.OnlyInBridgeport.com :

Ira Bloom and Mario Coppola Speak at Conference for Land Use Officials

Attorneys Ira Bloom and Mario Coppola spoke on March 25 to a group of 350 municipal land use officials at a seminar held at Wesleyan University sponsored by the Connecticut Bar Association Planning and Zoning Section. Attorney Coppola, the current Section chair, moderated the all-day session, offering commentary on a variety of land use topics. Attorney Bloom, speaking at this event for the eighth time, discussed the affordable housing statute, Section 8-30g of the General Statutes, from a municipal perspective. The event attracts planners, enforcement officials, and commission members from throughout the state.

Attorneys Eric Barba and John Khalil Present IEP and 504 Plan Legal Workshop for the National Business Institute

The National Business Institute is offering a full-day workshop for educators, school administrators, psychologists, counselors and legal professionals on June 6, 2017 at the Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale. Participants will learn how to correctly determine Special Education eligibility, create legally compliant paper trails, and write airtight IEPs and 504 plans.

Attorneys Eric Barba and John Khalil have written and will present sessions titled "IDEA or Section 504? Determining Eligibility Under Both Laws" and "Developing and Implementing 504 Plans: Ensuring a Level Playing Field."

IEPs and 504 plans are essential tools to ensure positive learning outcomes for many students. They also have the potential to cause legal issues for schools if they aren't properly planned and carried out. This program provides a comprehensive overview of legal liabilities in IEPs and 504 plans.

Click here to learn more or to register for the workshop. This program qualifies for up to 6.0 hours towards annual CLE requirements in Connecticut.

Attorney Rolan Joni Young Awarded the Prestigious Rev. Edwin R. Edmonds Humanitarian Award

Carroll E. Brown (back to camera) hugs Rolan Joni Young, Senior Partner at Berchem Moses PC, upon being awarded the Rev. Dr. E.R. Edmonds Humanitarian Award at the Carroll E. Brown Scholarships & Community Awards Dinner held at Fantasia in North Haven Feb. 25, 2017. Arnold Gold-New Haven Register.

By Anna Bisaro, New Haven Register, February 25, 2017

It was a night to celebrate the "unsung heroes" of the community. That’s what Carroll Brown called the award winners, scholarship recipients, and honorees at the West Haven Black Coalition’s 31st annual Carroll E. Brown Scholarship & Community Awards dinner.

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Paula N. Anthony Participates in "Women in Leadership: Activating the Next Generation of Women Executives" at Google’s NY Headquarters

Senior Counsel Paula N. Anthony, a member of Pace University’s Women in Business Alumnae Council, recently attended a networking event and panel discussion that addressed the unique challenges and opportunities that young female leaders face, and what they can do to ensure that the glass ceiling is shattered. Attorney Anthony graduated from Pace University with a B.A , magna cum laude, in 1986. As a Council member, she serves as a career mentor for Pace students and promotes networking opportunities with female alumni in major corporations and businesses throughout the greater New York metropolitan area.

Ryan P. Driscoll Named Partner

Leadership at Berchem Moses PC recently elevated Ryan P. Driscoll to Partner of the firm. Attorney Driscoll regularly represents private businesses, municipalities and insurance companies in general litigation matters with a focus on defense of civil rights claims, business disputes, Dram Shop actions, premises liability actions and workers’ compensation matters. He has successfully handled such matters in federal and state court and before the Workers’ Compensation Commission, Compensation Review Board and Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities.

Attorney Driscoll is very active in the community; he is the Treasurer of the Monroe Conservation Commission and serves as a Leader on Loan with the United Way, raising money for various area charities. Mr. Driscoll is also a Little League coach in the town of Monroe.

Christopher Sugar Serves on Middletown BOE Policy Committee

Attorney Christopher Sugar was recently appointed to the Policy Committee of the Middletown Board of Education.

BMD Staff Donate Gifts for Local Families

On Friday, December 16, representatives from Alpha Community Services YMCA picked up holiday gifts donated by BMD staff members for 127 children and 60 adults. The firm effort was organized by Attorneys Carolyn Dugas and John Khalil (pictured left). Thanks to all who participated for your incredible generosity!

Westport BMD Presents Donation

Westport Attorneys Ira Bloom present the firm’s annual donation to Jeff Wieser, President of Homes with Hope, a charitable organization offering supportive housing to the homeless. The photo was taken in front of the location for Project Return, one of Homes with Hope’s programs. Project Return offers housing for young women aged 18-24. BMD has made a donation to Homes with Hope for several years.

Board of Selectmen select Ira Bloom as Town Counsel for Wilton

At a special meeting of the Board of Selectmen held on December 6, 2016, Ira Bloom was named as Town Counsel for Wilton, Connecticut. Bloom's appointment was the culmination of a formal year-long review process by a legal search committee.

Ira Bloom is a Senior Partner with Berchem Moses PC and the Managing Director of the firm's Westport Office. He has represented the towns of Westport and New Canaan as Town Attorney for many years, and also serves as counsel to the towns of Easton and Madison.

"I am very pleased with this appointment and I Iook forward to working with the Wilton First Selectman, the Board of Selectmen, and all of the town officials," stated Bloom.

Attorney Bloom is a member and former president of the Connecticut Bar Association Planning and Zoning Executive Committee, and a member of the association's House of Delegates. He is also a former member of the Connecticut Association of Municipal Attorneys, a member of the Connecticut chapter of the American Planners Association, and a James W. Cooper Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation.

Marsha Moses Presents at CTETL Symposium on Student Data Privacy

Marsha Belman Moses recently participated in a Data Privacy Symposium titled, "Creating a Trusted Learning Environment," which was held at Foxwoods Conference Center on December 1, 2016. The program was presented by the Connecticut Education Technology Leaders Association (CTETL), a Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) State Chapter.

Representatives from approximately 90 school districts learned about the issues and legalities surrounding student data privacy and what steps their schools and districts can start taking to ensure they are prepared for the rapidly changing requirements for protecting student data.

The purpose of the State Chapter is to empower all Connecticut K-12 Technology leaders with the goal of increasing leadership capacity through CETL Certification and professional advancement opportunities through CoSN. CTETL is a non-profit membership organization, comprised of educational technology professionals throughout school districts in the state.

Attorney Michelle Laubin Presents Workshop on Social Emotional Learning at 2016 CABE/CAPSS Convention

Michelle C. Laubin, Senior Partner at Berchem Moses PC and Typhanie Jackson, Director of Pupil Services and Special Education for New Haven Public Schools, presented a workshop titled, "Race: It Does Matter ... Practical Strategies to Improve School Climate Through Social Emotional Learning" at the 2016 CABE/CAPSS Convention held on November 18-19 at the Mystic Marriott in Groton, Connecticut. This interactive workshop examined the legal history of racial integration of our schools from Brown v. Board of Education to Sheff v. O'Neill, moving from there to answer the question "What's next?" In an increasingly diverse setting, prevailing wisdom holds that teachers, staff and students need to be equipped with so-called "cultural competencies" to help each individual in the equation approach others with empathy and understanding. This workshop explored "cultural competencies" and how we go about developing them in students and adults. Utilizing a social emotional learning (SEL) framework, schools can improve student outcomes while being culturally responsive.

Rebecca Goldberg receives Milli Award from Westfair Communications

(Rebecca Goldberg is pictured above in red jacket, 4th from left)

Westchester and Fairfield counties’ young professionals who are making an impact in their jobs and in their communities were recognized at Westfair Communications’ second annual Milli Awards held on November 15 at the Surf Club in New Rochelle, NY. Congratulations to BMD's Attorney Rebecca Goldberg!

Westport Lawyers' Lunch

Christopher Sugar Judges ABA Negotiation Competition at UConn Law School

Attorney Christopher was a volunteer judge at the American Bar Association Negotiation Competition at UConn Law School on November 7-8, 2016. The event welcomed competitors from law schools in the Northeastern US and Eastern Canada. The competition simulated legal negotiations in which participants negotiated opposing interests in a series of legal problems. Judges and lawyers provided constructive feedback and evaluated participants based upon legal analysis, poise, creativity, communication and negotiating skill. The competition provided a unique opportunity for participants to develop practical skills that will enable them to become proficient attorneys. The winning team advanced to the ABA National Negotiation Final Competition.

Walter Camp Football Foundation Toy Drive Generates Hundreds Of Gifts For The Yale-New Haven Hospital Auxiliary Toy Closets Program

More than 600 guests attended fundraiser and tailgate party held before the first night game in the 103 year history of college football at historic Yale Bowl

Pictured (L-R) are Eugune Doris, Athletics Director at Fairfield University, Reverend Jeffrey von Arx, former President of Fairfield University, and Robert L. Berchem of the law firm with the Walter Camp and Heisman Trophies

The annual Walter Camp Day at the Bowl was held on Friday, October 21 when the Yale University Bulldogs hosted the University of Pennsylvania Quakers in the first night game ever held in the 103-year history of historic Yale Bowl. The game was televised live on NBC Sports. Berchem Moses PC sponsored the pre-game event for the eighth consecutive year to support the Walter Camp Football Foundation (WCFF) and the Yale-New Haven Hospital Auxiliary Toy Closets Program. Fans, friends and firm clients were asked to bring a new unwrapped toy to support the cause, and in return, received a free general admission ticket to the game. Attorneys and clients of the law firm donated hundreds of toys again this year, bringing the total-to-date to more than 2,500 gifts for children who are patients at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Additionally, guests had the opportunity to have their photo taken with the Walter Camp Player of the Year Trophy and the Heisman Trophy won by Yale football player Clinton Frank in 1937. The Walter Camp Player of the Year Award is given annually to the collegiate American football Player of the Year as decided by the NCAA Division I-A head coaches; Walter Camp played college football at Yale College from 1876 to 1882 and is known as the "Father of American Football". The Heisman Memorial Trophy Award is awarded annually to the most outstanding player in college football in the United States whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity.

"The Walter Camp Football Foundation is very appreciative of Berchem Moses’s generous support over several years," said Robert Kauffman, WCFF President. "Each year the WCFF Toy Drive sponsored by Berchem Moses has grown exponentially, becoming one of the largest annual toy drives for Yale-New Haven Hospital Auxiliary’s Toy Closets program, which provides good cheer for so many hospitalized children," Kauffman added.

The Yale-New Haven Hospital Auxiliary’s Toy Closets program was developed to provide new, age-appropriate and educational toys to pediatric patients at the Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital. Founded in 1993 by Ann Nyberg, WTNH News Channel 8 anchorwoman, the Toy Closets help insure that pediatric patients come away from their hospitalization with a pleasant memory. In addition, the toys serve as gifts for special occasions such as birthdays and holiday celebrations for hospitalized children. Toys, gifts and financial contributions are needed throughout the year. The success of the Toy Closets program is directly related to community involvement, such as Walter Camp Day at the Bowl. The Auxiliary encourages schools, organizations and businesses to make the program the recipient of their community-minded efforts.

About the Walter Camp Football Foundation: Walter Camp, "The Father of American football," first selected an All-America team in 1889. Camp – a former Yale University athlete and football coach – is also credited with developing play from scrimmage, set plays, the numerical assessment of goals and tries and the restriction of play to eleven men per side. The Walter Camp Football Foundation – a New Haven-based all-volunteer group – was founded in 1967 to perpetuate the ideals of Camp and to continue the tradition of selecting annually an All-America team.

Floyd Dugas Presents "Different Perspectives on Pension Negotiations" at CPPF Conference

The Connecticut Public Pension Forum held their 2016 Fall Conference on October 26th at the Tradition Golf Club at Wallingford. Attorney Floyd Dugas was a featured presenter, discussing pension negotiations on a panel which also included Kevin McNabola, Finance Director for the City of West Haven, and Peter Carozza, President of the Uniformed Professional Firefighters of CT.

Attorney John Marini discusses the region’s economic growth at seminar for the Leadership Greater Valley Program

On October 20, 2016, Attorney John Marini presented at an educational seminar for the Leadership Greater Valley program which is sponsored by the Valley United Way, Chamber of Commerce and Valley Council Health and Human Services Program. The program, titled "Economic Development & the Region," focused on the forces that are driving the region’s economy. Attorney Marini discussed many of the projects that Berchem Moses PC has facilitated, such as the demolition at Ansonia Copper and Brass, the institution of the city’s first tax incentive program and the city’s development of a road leading to the Fountain Lake Industrial Park, which led to a major manufacturer locating their global state of the art headquarters in Ansonia.

Desi Imetovski to discuss 2017 mandatory CLE requirements at workshop for New Haven County Bar Assoc.

Mandatory Continuing Legal Education will be required in 2017; learn what you must do to be in compliance as well as other ethical and professional hot topics affecting the profession. Panelist Desi Imetovski, Senior Counsel at Berchem Moses PC, is the former Assistant Chief Disciplinary Council for the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch.

The event will be held on October 19, 2016 from 3-6 p.m. at the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce offices. For more information, click here.

Attorney Richard C. Buturla Acts as Prosecutor in Mock Trial for Bridgeport Police Dept. Recruit Training

The Bridgeport Police Department recently held new recruit training. The curriculum included a demonstration of presenting testimony via a Mock Trial. Attorney Richard C. Buturla acted in the role of Prosecutor, and Retired Superior Court Judge Bruce Levin acted as the judge. The mock trial was held at Bridgeport Probate Court.

BMD Sponsors University of Bridgeport Golf Classic

The 20th Annual University of Bridgeport Department of Athletics Golf Classic was held on Monday, September 26, 2016 at the Race Brook Country Club in Orange, CT.
Pictured above is Attorney Gregory Kimmel.

Education Law Department Joins Hartford Public Schools for Green Apple Day of Service

On September 24, 2016, Senior Partner Michelle Laubin and Associates John Khalil and Eric Barba joined a crew of volunteers at the Hartford Public High School campus and worked diligently cleaning up trash, planting bulbs, and moving mulch on the school's campus and around the neighborhood. This event was part of Green Apple Day of Service, a global day of action that brings together advocates around the world and encourages them to improve their communities through service projects at local schools. Green Apple Day of Service, launched by the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council in 2012, provides an opportunity for students, teachers, parents, elected officials, organizations, companies and others to transform all schools into places that sustain the world we live in, enhance health and well-being, and prepare students for 21st century careers. To learn more, visit: https://bit.ly/bmdgreenappleday

BMD supports Westport Rotary Lobsterfest

BMD was a sponsor of the Westport Rotary Lobsterfest on September 17, 2016. The event took place at Westport’s Compo Beach and over 1,200 people attended. Shown here is Karen Bloom, wife of Ira Bloom, BMD Westport Managing Partner.

Attorney Desi Imetovski presents seminar on law practice ethics for the Connecticut Bar Association

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Christopher Sugar to Present at CCM Workshop: Drug and Alcohol Testing Regulations for Supervisors

City of Middletown Council Chambers
Middletown, CT
Tuesday, November 1
9 a.m. - 12 noon

This workshop focuses on the signs of probable alcohol abuse and drug use by safety-sensitive employees and the responsibilities of supervisors and managers to make a reasonable suspicion determination. Supervisors will learn the physical, behavioral and performance indicators, as well as the collection process, for alcohol and controlled substances according to US Department of Transportation Regulations. This workshop meets federal regulations (FMCSA and FTA) which require supervisory training.

The program is designed for both the new supervisor and veteran who may need a refresher on Drug & Alcohol determination skills. Click here to learn more or to register for the workshop.

Attorney Michelle Laubin Quoted in Special Ed Connection Article Regarding Nondiscriminatory Admissions Criteria for Charter Schools

Assistant Chief Disciplinary Counsel For State Of Connecticut Judicial Branch, Desi Imetovski, Joins Berchem Moses PC As Senior Counsel

Desi Imetovski has joined the law firm as Senior Counsel in the Business Services Department, concentrating in the area of Affordable Housing and Community & Economic Development. She formerly served as Assistant Chief Disciplinary Counsel for the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch where she ensured attorney compliance with the Connecticut Rules of Professional Conduct. Prior to her position with the state judicial branch, Attorney Imetovski owned and managed her own law firm where she represented individuals and businesses in the purchase, sale and refinance of residential and commercial properties for almost a decade.

In her new role at Berchem Moses PC, Attorney Imetovski will provide legal representation and services to public housing authorities, municipalities, and private developers. The redevelopment of low-income public housing involves many facets of legal expertise including in-depth knowledge of state and federal laws, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) finance programs, Low Income Housing Tax Credit programs, bond financing and other complex legal tools.

"Desi Imetovski brings a unique perspective to our growing law firm," said Rolan Joni Young, Senior Partner and head of the firm’s Affordable Housing and Community & Economic Development Department at Berchem Moses PC "Desi’s private firm background in commercial real estate law, along with her state government experience interpreting rules, regulations, and state and federal laws, will be invaluable in helping our clients address regulatory issues and overcome hurdles to acquire decent, safe and affordable rental housing for low income families," Rolan Joni Young added.

"I am thrilled to join the very smart, hard-working and well-respected team at Berchem Moses PC," said Attorney Imetovski. "In particular, the opportunity to work with Attorney Rolan Joni Young, a distinguished leader in the field of affordable housing and urban revitalization … and someone who I have admired for many, many years … is very exciting for me," she added.

Desi Imetovski is a regular presenter and panelist at numerous seminars for the Connecticut Bar Association as well as for community and trade groups in the areas of legal ethics, real estate transactions and landlord tenant law. She is a graduate of Sacred Heart University and the Quinnipiac University School of Law where she was recognized with the Outstanding Woman Law Graduate, Service to the Law School, Service to the Community, and the Advanced Bankruptcy Distinguished Academic Achievement awards. Attorney Imetovski is admitted to practice in Connecticut and the U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut.

Berchem Moses PC has offices in Milford, Westport and Connecticut. A leading player in the field of affordable housing and community & economic development in the state of Connecticut, the firm has more than 35 attorneys and 50 years of experience representing the interests of municipalities throughout the state.

Attorney Richard C. Buturla Appointed to Board of Directors for the Cardinal Shehan Center

Published on July 12, 2016 in the Stratford Star

The Cardinal Shehan Center, a youth center dedicated to enriching the lives of youth through learning, announced the appointment of Richard C. Burtula of Berchem Moses PC and six others to its board of directors.

"Our 7 new board members bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the Cardinal Shehan Center and they each will play a key role in helping the Cardinal Shehan Center continue to fulfill its mission," said Terry O’Connor, executive director, Cardinal Shehan Center. "Their experience and proven track records in their fields will be a tremendous asset to the Cardinal Shehan Center.

Each new board member will sit on the Cardinal Shehan Center board of directors for six years. The Board of Directors of the Cardinal Shehan Center acts as a governing body to ensure the Shehan Center carries out its mission. The responsibilities of the Board Members range from involvement with fundraising efforts to attending board and committee meetings to educating the public about the Cardinal Shehan Center.

Mario F. Coppola Voted As Chairman Of Planning & Zoning Section Of The CT Bar Association

The Planning and Zoning Section aims to bring together land use practitioners to discuss current planning and zoning issues; educate membership and related professionals on pertinent legal decisions and legislation; monitor and propose land use legislation as appropriate; and foster good will and credibility between the Bar and general community.

Attorney Floyd Dugas presents legal update at ConnPELRA Annual Conference

Attorney Floyd Dugas presented a legal update on Federal laws, court decisions and National Labor Relations Board decisions effecting public sector employers at the 2016 ConnPELRA Annual Conference on June 3.

The Connecticut Public Employer Labor Relations Association is a non profit association formed as a resource for labor relations professionals working for municipalities, state agencies, boards of education and other public agencies.

ConnPELRA is affiliated with NPELRA the National Public Employer Labor Relations Association. Like the national organization, ConnPELRA is dedicated to providing high quality training and networking opportunities for human resource professionals and their staffs.

Congratulations to Attorney Chris Hodgson and daughter, Kate, NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Champion and recent graduate of Middlebury College

Kate Hodgson, daughter of Attorney Chris Hodgson, was a member of the Middlebury College Women's Lacrosse team which won the NCAA Division III National Championship on May 29 in Philadelphia. She was excited to be part of a very special group of young women who worked hard to be champions! Kate recently graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and already started work at Good Morning America. Congratulations, Kate and Chris!

BMD entry in Rotary event helps charity

BMD has been a supporter of the Westport Sunrise Rotary Great Duck Race event. The race took place on June 4, 2016 and raised thousands for local charities. The BMD entry in the "Duck Decorating Contest," created by Janice Kassimis and Janet Deleo of the Westport office won first prize. Shown in the photo is Senior Partner and Westport Managing Partner Ira Bloom (left) along with a judge from the event, Miggs Burroughs.

Attorney Ira Bloom to present Annual Legal Update at American Planning Association Meeting

Attorney Ira Bloom will present the Annual Legal Update at the Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association’s upcoming meeting, Hot Topics in Land Use, Law and Practice 2016 to be held on Friday, June 3, 2016, at the Mark Twain Museum Center in Hartford, Connecticut.

The American Planning Association is the world’s largest planning organization that offers opportunities and resources for planners, students, commissioners, educators, engaged citizens, and allied professionals alike, and is committed to creating communities that thrive and prosper.

Robert L. Berchem Honored at Connecticut Law Tribune’s Professional Excellence Awards

On Thursday, May 25, 2016, Robert L. Berchem was honored at the Connecticut Law Tribune’s second annual Professional Excellence Awards held at the Bond Ballroom in Hartford, Connecticut. The program honored lawyers who, over the course of their outstanding careers, have left an indelible mark on the Connecticut legal community. The Tribune’s panel of judges considered not only success in the courtroom, but law firm and bar association leadership, advocacy roles, pro bono contributions and service on state and federal bar panels, among other factors. Managing Editor Michelle Sullo presented the awards. Congratulations, Bob!

Berchem Moses PC Partners with the CT Association of Schools to Present the Governor's Scholars Program

Berchem Moses PC recently partnered with the Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS) to sponsor the highly esteemed Governor’s Scholars Program. This year's award luncheon was held on May 19, 2016 at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington, Connecticut. Senior Partner Michelle Laubin addressed the thirty honorees along with their parents, teachers, and school administrators. These academically talented students will have the opportunity to participate in coursework at more than 30 colleges and universities to earn college credit during their senior year in high school, and qualify for a renewable $5,000 scholarship to UCONN for each of four undergraduate years.

"We are both excited and appreciative of this new partnership," stated CAS Executive Director Dr. Karissa Niehoff. "The Governor’s Scholars Program gives highly talented students in Connecticut not only the recognition they deserve, but also great opportunities to pursue higher education within our state. Without the support and generosity of Berchem Moses this program would not be possible."

Thirty School Districts Participate in 2016 Education Roundtable

BerchemMoses PC’s 2016 Education Roundtable was held on Friday, May 20 at Brooklawn Country Club in Fairfield, Connecticut. Representatives from 30 school districts participated in this annual event which provides legislative updates and important information to educators on a variety of trending legal issues. Led by Chair of the Education Law Department Marsha Belman Moses, the firm’s education law attorneys discussed a wide variety of topics including:
- The Connecticut Office of the Child Advocate
- Independent Education Evaluations
- Transgender Students: The Evolving Legal Landscape
- Connecticut Commission on Human Rights & Opportunities
- Adventures in FOIA: Case Studies for Managing Difficult Requests

BMD’s school law attorneys take a strongly proactive approach to education matters, helping clients prevent crises and minimize expense by troubleshooting, training staff and continually updating decision-makers on changes in the law and trends in the education community.

Paula N. Anthony joins the firm as Senior Counsel in the Labor & Employment Law Department

Paula N. Anthony recently joined Berchem Moses PC as Senior Counsel in the firm’s Labor & Employment Law Department. She formerly served as Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Waterbury where she managed labor and employment matters as well as land use and zoning issues involving the city. Attorney Anthony has a notable record of success in mediation, grievance arbitration and employment litigation, along with deep experience in a multitude of other areas in public sector legal representation.

"Berchem Moses PC continues to strengthen its labor and employment practice with the addition of Paula Anthony," said Floyd Dugas, Chair of the Department. "She has represented the City of Waterbury for over 16 years and is a recognized leader in municipal labor and employment law in Connecticut. Attorney Anthony’s contributions will not only enhance the Labor & Employment Department, but she will be an excellent resource for the firm’s already robust Education and Municipal Law Departments."

Town of Seymour prevails in tax appeal decision vs. Regional Water Authority

In a recent trial concerning a tax appeal case named Birmingham Utilities, Inc. vs. The Town of Seymour, the court found that property indirectly part of the South Central Regional Water Authority System is subject to local property taxes. The Town of Seymour was represented by Senior Partner Richard J. Buturla of Berchem Moses PC, who is the Director of the firm’s Litigation Department. Murtha Cullina was the opposing counsel on behalf of Birmingham Utilities and the South Central Regional Water Authority.

In 2010, Birmingham Utilities, Inc. constructed an addition to previously existing building on property that it owns at the Seymour Wellfield located at 151 Roosevelt Drive. Although the building is only a ten by fourteen foot structure, it houses an electrical transfer switch that can change the wellfield from utility power to generator power, along with a distribution panel that controls the flow of electricity. For purposes of the 2010 grand list, the town determined that the value of the building itself was zero but that the value of the equipment inside it was $237,500, which is classified as personal property. The water authority claimed that it was tax exempt for these improvements, but the Town of Seymour did not agree. Taxes and penalties were charged because the water authority did not properly declare this property.

A subsidiary of the authority named RWA21, Ltd. filed a suit objecting to 2010 and 2011 taxes due, and later filed a second amended complaint that substituted Birmingham Utilities as the named plaintiff, objecting to additional assessments on the town’s grand list for the years 2012-2014.

Attorney Buturla successfully argued that Birmingham Utilities is NOT a subsidiary corporation of the water authority because RWA21, Ltd. is the actual owner of Birmingham Utilities, Inc. The Court determined that Birmingham Utilities must be owned directly by the water authority in order to qualify for the tax exemption. Therefore, Birmingham Utilities is subject to taxation by the Town of Seymour.

Attorney Mario Coppola discusses Ad Valorem Taxation Litigation on expert panel for Appraisal Institute

Mr. Coppola will be the only attorney on an expert panel discussing Connecticut Case Studies in Ad Valorem Taxation Litigation at an April 18th event to be held in Berlin, CT.

The Appraisal Institute is the world’s leading organization of professional real estate appraisers with nearly 22,000 professionals world wide. The Appraisal Institute is also the world’s largest publisher of real estate appraisal literature. For more information or to register, click here.

Attorney Doug LoMonte represents Colony Hardware Corporation in acquisition of A.W. Meyer Corp.

Doug LoMonte represented Orange, Connecticut based Colony Hardware Corporation in its acquisition of A. W. Meyer Co., Inc., of Ridgefield, New Jersey. The acquisition was completed on April 8, 2016.

Rebecca Goldberg participates in panel discussion for Annual Labor & Employment Law Conference presented by the Connecticut Bar Association

Attorney Rebecca Goldberg was a panel member at the Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference presented by the Connecticut Bar Association on March 17, 2016 at the Grassy Hills Country Club in Orange, CT.

The conference covered a wide range of topics including the growth of "joint employment" issues, the NLRB’s increased jurisdiction, the impact of changes to FLSA regulations, agency shop rules, and a review of important U.S. and Connecticut Supreme Court labor and employment decisions from the past year.

Attorney Goldberg participated on a panel discussion titled, "Payroll Practices and DOL Wage and Hour Audits: What Employers Need to Do, What Employees Can Expect."

Attorney Ryan Driscoll appointed as Treasurer of the Monroe Conservation and Water Resources Commission

The Monroe Conservation and Water Resources Commission conducts research into the utilization of open space, and develops, conserves, supervises and regulates natural resources within the Town of Monroe. To learn more about the Commission, click here.

Attorney John P. Marini elected to Board of Directors of newly formed Connecticut Land Bank for Brownfield Renewal

Attorney John P. Marini was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Land Bank for Brownfield Renewal, Inc. This 501(c)(3) corporation was formed to further the mission of expanding brownfield redevelopment in Connecticut. It’s goal is to create a process to accept abandoned and environmentally contaminated sites on behalf of Connecticut municipalities for the purpose of environmental clean-up and remediation. This is the first effort of its kind in the State of Connecticut. To learn more about the Connecticut Land Bank for Brownfield Renewal, click here.

Team BMD participates in 2016 Sandy Hook 5K - Love Runs Through

Team BMD again participated in the Sandy Hook 5K to help raise money for the Newtown Collaborative Recovery Fund which helps pay the out of pocket mental health expenses for those who have been most impacted by the 12-14-12 tragedy. More than $70,000 was raised through this event; a percentage of the proceeds will go directly to the chosen nonprofit organizations of the 26 families who lost loved ones.

Attorneys Jon Berchem and Ryan Driscoll ran for the cause on April 2. For more information, visit the event website at www.5krunforshf.org .

Rebecca Goldberg is a featured presenter at recent ConnPELRA seminar titled, "Dealing with Employees with Mental Health Issues"

Can I ask an employee about mental health issues?

When are accommodations necessary, and what goes beyond a "reasonable" accommodation?

FMLA – Does it apply?

These and other questions were addressed at a January 29, 2016 workshop presented by the Connecticut Public Employers Labor Relations Association at the Meriden City Hall. The seminar was quickly sold out; future presentations will be announced soon.

Christine A. Sullivan joins Berchem Moses PC as Senior Counsel in the Education Law Department

Christine A. Sullivan recently joined Berchem Moses PC as Senior Counsel in the firm’s Education Law Department. She is the former Director of Education and Training at the UConn Health Center, A.J. Pappanikou Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Education, Research and Service. Christine holds a PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Connecticut. She is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and the University of Connecticut School of Law. Attorney Sullivan is admitted to the Connecticut Bar and has been a member of the Connecticut Bar Association since 1988.

Ms. Sullivan is also a member of the Council for Exceptional Children, the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

"We are thrilled to announce that Christine Sullivan has joined Berchem Moses as a Senior Counsel in the Education Law group," said Marsha Belman Moses, Chair of the Department and Managing Director of the firm. "Christine is a very strong addition to our team, bringing a wealth of knowledge, particularly in the field of Special Education Law."

Prior to joining Berchem Moses PC, Attorney Sullivan worked in private practice for over 26 years at the firm of Duffy & Fasano Attorneys at Law located in Woodbury, Connecticut.

Christine Sullivan is deeply involved in the community. She has been a member of the board of directors of Saint Mary’s Health System in Waterbury, CT since 1998, and serves as the Chair of the Executive Compensation Committee and is a member of the Finance Committee. Christine resides in Woodbury, Connecticut with her husband, Charles Senich, and their two children.

Robert L. Berchem celebrates 50 years admitted to the Connecticut Bar!

On January 21, 2016, an anniversary celebration was held at Race Brook Country Club in honor of Robert L. Berchem's 50 years admitted to the Connecticut Bar. More than 170 friends, colleagues, clients and family members attended this very special event. Managing Partner Marsha Moses welcomed guests and introduced a video tribute to Bob, titled "50 Years of Excellence". Pictured above is Bob Berchem with his granddaughter, Carson Goos.

Doug LoMonte volunteers for Derby-Shelton "Sand and Salt for Seniors" project

ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Is

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ADHD, o attention deficit hypeactivity disode, is a common childhood poblem affecting as much as 3-5% of the school-age population. The coe symptoms of ADHD ae inattention, hypeactivity and impulsivity. Childen with ADHD exhibit functional impaiment acoss multiple settings and engage in disuptive behavios, thus inviting citicism fom adults and pee ejection. Psycho stimulant medication has been shown to be easonably successful, but may poduce significant side effects in a school-age child. A multi-component model of intevention consisting of phamacological teatment in consonance with contingency management and cognitive behavio modification techniques seems to be the answe fo this vey baffling poblem. Fo pactitiones to have confidence in the expected outcomes, specific pocedues to implement behavioal management in school classooms must be scientifically eplicated.

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What is ADHD?

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