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Commission to Study Attorney Grievance Process to Hold Public Hearing in Hartford

HARTFORD The Commission to Study the Attorney Grievance Process will conduct a public hearing on Monday, February 7, 2000 at 7 p.m. in the Legislative Office Building, Room 1C, to receive comments regarding the attorney disciplinary system in Connecticut. The Commission, appointed by Chief Justice Francis M. McDonald, Jr. and chaired by Connecticut Supreme Court Justice Robert I. Berdon, was formed to enhance the attorney disciplinary process.

"We cannot overemphasize the importance of such a process," Justice Berdon said. "The Judicial Branch is committed to ensuring that any system that is developed receives input from members of the public. I encourage individuals who have gone through the Attorney Grievance Process to attend the public hearing to provide the Commission with suggestions on how to improve the process. It is through such input and constant re-examination of the process that the Judiciary can ensure the integrity of the system."

Currently, the judges of the Connecticut Superior Court delegate much of the attorney disciplinary review process to the Statewide Grievance Committee and to the Judicial Grievance panels. These groups are comprised of dedicated volunteers, attorneys and non-attorneys, and are assisted by the Judicial Branch staff.

The last time a similar review was conducted was almost 10 years ago, in March 1990, when then Chief Justice Ellen A. Peters appointed the Judicial Council on Legal Ethics.

Joining Justice Berdon on the Commission are judges, attorneys and members of the public, including: the Honorable Richard E. Arnold; the Honorable Juliett L. Crawford; the Honorable Joseph P. Flynn; the Honorable William J. Lavery; the Honorable Sheridan L. Moore; the Honorable Lynda B. Munro; the Honorable Christine S. Vertefeuille; Representatives Robert Farr, Michael P. Lawlor; Senator Thomas F. Upson; Attorneys Paul V. Carty, Milagros Cruz, Raymond J. Devlin, Jr., Thomas Flaherty, Roger J. Frechette, William F. Gallagher, Richard Newman, A. Searle Pinney; Carmen Donnarumma and Frank Morgan.

The Legislative Office Building is located at 300 Capitol Avenue in Hartford. The Commission anticipates holding additional public hearings in Bridgeport, New Haven, New London and Waterbury.


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