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In re Isiah J.

March 1, 2013

IN RE ISAIAH J. ET AL: RIGHT TO COUNSEL, EFFECTIVE ASSISTANCE, APPELLATE COUNSEL Argued November 13, 2012—officially released January 24, 2013 (Lavine, J.)   The appellate court affirmed the trial court’s judgment terminating the respondent mother’s parental rights and rejected her claims that she was 1) denied the right to change counsel, 2) provided ineffective […]

Mr. L v. Sloan

May 18, 2006

U.S. Supreme Court ___ F.3d ___ (2nd Cir. 2006) 2006 U.S. App. LEXIS 12260 May 18, 2006   The issue presented on this appeal is whether the United States Supreme Court’s controversial holding regarding attorney’s fees in Buckhannon Bd. & Care Home, Inc. v. W. Va. Dept. of Health & Human Serv.,1 applies to a “prevailing defendant”? […]

Carrubba v. Moskowitz

July 26, 2005

CT Supreme Court 274 Conn. 533 (2005) July 26, 2005 Prior Decision: 81 Conn. App. 382 (2004) In a very important decision, the Connecticut Supreme Court extended absolute, quasi-judicial immunity from subsequent law suits against attorneys appointed by the courts to represent children. This case arose when a father brought a malpractice suit against the attorney appointed by […]

Roberson v. Giuliani

September 30, 2003

2nd Circut U.S. Court of Appeals ___ F.2d ___, 2003 U.S. App. LEXIS 20042 (2nd Cir. 2003) September 30, 2003   This important case tackles the critical issue of what constitutes a “prevailing party” under 42 U.S.C. §§ 1983 & 1988 where the parties resolved their dispute through a private settlement agreement when the district […]

In re Jason C. and In re Greily L.

November 8, 2001

CT Supreme Court 255 Conn. 565 2001   In these companion cases, the Connecticut Supreme Court upheld the trial court’s decision dismissing DCF’s motions to extend the juvenile’s commitments for an additional period of time beyond the 18 months for which they were initially committed. The court held that the failure of the juvenile court, […]

Falco v. Institute of Living

August 22, 2000

US Court of Appeals 254 Conn. 321, 757 A.2d 571 (2000) Aug 22 2000   The recent state supreme court decision in Falco v. Institute of Living traces back to Falco’s efforts to compel a psychiatric hospital to provide him with the identity of his attacker. The superior court granted the bill of discovery filed […]

Little River v. Zajicek

June 29, 1999

CT Appellate Division 54 Conn. App. 1 (1999) Jun 29 1999   The Connecticut Appellate Court rejected Defendant’s argument that by refusing to grant a continuance, the trial court effectively deprived him of his right to legal representation. The Appellate Court held that because the attorney filed an appearance knowing that he did not have […]

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