Robinson+Cole welcomes Linn Foster Freedman to its Business Litigation Group as a partner, where she will chair the firm's Privacy and Data Security Team. Ms. Freedman joins the firm from Nixon Peabody LLP, where she led its Privacy and Data Protection Group and HIPAA Compliance Team. Additionally, Kathryn M. Sylvia has joined the firm's Privacy and Data Security Team as an associate. Ms. Freedman and Ms. Sylvia regularly practice out of the firm's Providence and Boston offices.
Ms. Freedman focuses her practice on compliance with all state and federal privacy and security laws and regulations, as well as emergency databreach response and mitigation. She also authors the blog Data Privacy and Security Insider, www.dataprivacyandsecurityinsider.com, offering insights into the tightly controlled and constantly changing industry. Read more in the news release.
The Boys & Girls Club of Stamford honored real estate lawyer Steven L. Elbaum and Robinson+Cole at its largest annual fundraiser, City Chic, on March 12, 2015, at The Palace Theatre in Stamford, Connecticut.
Robert Hartt, Stamford Boys & Girls Club's board president, presented the "Corporate Partnership Award" to Mr. Elbaum and Robinson+Cole. In presenting the award, Mr. Hartt said "Steve has served on our Executive Committee for the past ten years, including being our board president for two years. Not only does he help us by applying his business acumen, but he also exhibits a passion for our kids that is palpable and contagious. Steve has also provided us with volunteer lawyers to help us with many of our legal needs." Robinson+Cole was recognized as a generous supporter of the Boys & Girls Club fundraising efforts. Together, Mr. Elbaum and the firm helped thousands of underserved Stamford children gain access to a safe, nurturing environment in which to learn and grow. Please click here to see a photo from the event.
The City Chic event, with 80 sponsors and advertisers, raised $275,000 in net profit for the Boys & Girls Club.
Land use lawyer Dwight H. Merriam spoke at the International Academic Association on Planning Law and Property Rights (PLPR) Annual Conference in Volos, Greece, on February 27, 2015. His presentation, "The Global Spread of Private Communities," focused on a cross-cultural comparison of private residential neighborhoods and its impact on land planning, regulation, and public governance. For more details, click here to view his PowerPoint and here to view his paper.
The PLPR serves principally as an academic peer group, promoting research and scholarship in planning law and the protection of property rights. Click here to view the PLPR website.
The justices of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) have selected Kendra L. Berardi, real estate litigation lawyer in the Boston office, to serve a three-year term on the Standing Advisory Committee on Professionalism. In a rule ordered by the justices, newly admitted lawyers to the Massachusetts bar are required to take a course on professionalism. The Standing Advisory Committee on Professionalism is charged with overseeing the rule's implementation and assuming these duties, among others: selecting the course providers and approving curriculum, recommending the fees for the course, evaluating course providers, and assessing whether the program accomplishes its goals and outcomes.
Labor and employment lawyer Susan N. Masters organized the presentation "The Perils of Vine, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter: Legal Considerations of Social Media," sponsored by the CBA's Young Lawyers Section and held on February 26, 2015, at the Quinnipiac Club in New Haven. This event, which drew many attendees throughout the legal community and beyond, featured labor and employment lawyer Britt-Marie K. Cole-Johnson as the moderator. The panelists, David Lat, founder and managing editor of the popular legal blog Above the Law; Daniel A. Schwartz, founder of the Connecticut Employment Law Blog; and Lauri Stevens, founder of LAwS Communications, a media consultancy for law enforcement, provided their insights on issues relating to cutting-edge social media in a variety of areas affecting the legal landscape, including the employment and law enforcement arenas. The presentation focused on the unique legal challenges of new social media applications; how human resources, legal professionals, and police departments can use social media content in their investigations and in litigation; and how lawyers have faced legal trouble due to their social media activity.
Construction lawyer Todd R. Regan has been selected to serve on the Attorney Advisory Council of the National Association of Surety Bond Producers (NASBP). Founded in 1942, the NASBP, with over 5,000 members, serves as the national association of, and resource for, surety bond producers. Its role is to engage decision makers and strategic partners; advocate for access to surety bonding, preservation of bonding requirements, and nondiscriminatory practices; advance the role of surety professionals; and empower surety professionals with grassroots efforts. The NASBP Attorney Advisory Council comprises eight lawyers with knowledge in various sectors of the industry, including, but not limited to, construction, government contracts, and surety.
Mr. Regan's practice is dedicated to the construction and surety industries. He represents the full range of construction and surety industry stakeholders in claims involving project delays and inefficiencies, defective design and construction, unfair trade practices and bad faith, and mechanic's liens and bond claims. He has argued before the First Circuit Court of Appeals and the Connecticut Supreme Court on significant legal issues concerning the construction and surety industries. He also counsels construction industry members in negotiating and drafting project-related agreements.
Providence lawyer Steven J. Boyajian wrote the article "Continued Disagreement: Use of Federal Debt Collection Laws to Expand Fraudulent Transfer Look-Back Periods," featured in the March 2015 issue of the American Bankruptcy Institute Journal. In the article, Mr. Boyajian reviews conflicting case law concerning the use, by debtors in possession and bankruptcy trustees, of expanded statutes of limitations available to governmental entities in challenging fraudulent transfers. Specifically, the article discusses (1) the statutory framework that could allow using governmental entities' expanded statutes of limitations in the bankruptcy context and (2) the differing reasoning applied by those courts that have considered whether bankruptcy trustees and debtors in possession may take advantage of these beneficial statutes of limitation. To view the article, please click here.
Land use lawyers Hiram B. Carey, Karla L. Chaffee, and Evan J. Seeman were the featured speakers at the Touro Law Center's Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Institute's inaugural Bagels with the Boards CLE on February 27, 2015. The program, "RLUIPA Defense: Avoiding and Defending RLUIPA Claims," was largely attended by local government lawyers, who learned about techniques that local governments may use to avoid, mitigate, and defend against claims taken under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA). Mr. Carey, Ms. Chaffee, and Mr. Seeman also discussed the basic claims that can be brought under RLUIPA; the state of religious land use litigation since RLUIPA's enactment in 2000; the courts' varying interpretations and treatment of the act across the country, particularly in the Second Circuit; recent cases of interest; and how the Supreme Court's decisions in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby and Holt v. Hobbs could affect the landscape of religious land use litigation. A copy of their PowerPoint presentation is available here.
Robinson+Cole event coordinator Michele A. Sexton was a finalist for Best Campaign Coordinator at the United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut's Best of Awards, held at the Hartford Marriott Downtown on February 20, 2015. Nearly 400 people from Hartford-area workplaces came out to celebrate and support the event, which honors workplaces in central and northeastern Connecticut for their dedication and outstanding performance in the United Way Campaign as well as throughout the year. The Best of Awards places considerable emphasis on meaningful, lasting changes in the community. Please click here to view a photo of Ms. Sexton at the awards ceremony, along with her colleagues who supported her.
Environmental lawyer W. Richard Smith spoke on the permitting challenges for offshore marine aquaculture facilities at the Aquaculture America 2015 meeting in New Orleans on February 21, 2015. The presentation was part of the Regulatory Barriers and Opportunities Session of the meeting and reviewed the advances and limitations of federal efforts to authorize large-scale fish production in the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone. The discussion included a review of the proposed Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council regulations now under consideration by NOAA at the Department of Commerce.
Linnea C. McCaffrey, AICP, land use analyst in the Hartford office, moderated and presented the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM) workshop "The Returns on Investment in Planning: How Planning and Planners Add Value to the Municipal Team," held on February 26, 2015, at the Hamden Public Library. Hamden Mayor Scott Jackson welcomed an audience of 35 municipal officials, commissioners, and planners from 31 Connecticut towns and cities. Ms. McCaffrey discussed the certified planners' code of ethics and reasons to use professional planners in an era of budgetary constraints. Panelists Michael Goman of Goman+York Property Advisors; Barry Feldman, associate professor of public policy at Trinity College and former town manager of West Hartford; environmental and land use attorney Diane Whitney of Pullman & Comley; and Mark Pellegrini, AICP, director of planning and economic development for the Town of Manchester presented their various perspectives on the benefits of having professional planning staff, the changing role of the municipal planner and municipal government, and what it takes to attract capital and development.
Ms. McCaffrey is Program Committee co-chair of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association. Click here to see the PowerPoint of the presentation.