Standing Committee on Professional Ethics
Session B: 11:20 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
About the Program
This program will address frequently asked questions and issues about the disciplinary process and will provide a review of the most recent opinions from the CBA Standing Committee on Professional Ethics, the Statewide Grievance Committee, and the courts, as well as a review of any proposed rules changes.
You Will Learn
- About recent CBA and ABA opinions, with a focus on ethics opinions
- About recent Statewide Grievance Committee decisions
- About recent decisions from the courts interpreting attorney ethical rules
Deborah Del Prete Sullivan, Office of Chief Public Defender, Hartford
Having left private practice to become a Public Defender, Attorney Deborah Del Prete Sullivan is Legal Counsel to the Office of Chief Public Defender of the Division of Public Defender Services in Hartford, CT and is admitted to the federal and state bars. Deborah is a James W. Cooper Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation since 2013. She was one of the recipients of the Paul J. McQuillan Public Service Award in 2015 in recognition of her efforts to abolish the death penalty in Connecticut. As Legal Counsel, Deborah is the agency’s legislative liaison to the Connecticut General Assembly and the Office of the Governor. As the legislative liaison, she prepares and presents testimony in regard to criminal justice and indigent defense proposals raised before the Judiciary Committee and other committees of the General Assembly and regularly meets with members of the General Assembly to respond to their questions and advocate for the office’s position on various matters. She is also the Freedom of Information Officer for the Public Defender agency.
Deborah has served either as a member or the designee of the Chief Public Defender on numerous legislative task forces pertaining to criminal law, including the: Working Groups of the CT Sentencing Commission pertaining to Sentence Review, Sentence Modification, Sex Offenders and Pretrial Release; Eyewitness Identification Task Force; Judicial Branch Access to Justice Workgroup on Video-Conferencing; Racial Profiling Project Advisory Board; Superior Court Rules Committee’s Task Force to Study Minimum Continuing Legal Education; Electronic Recording of Interrogations Task Force and the Trafficking in Persons Council. Deborah conducts ethics training for all Division personnel and the Division’s Assigned Counsel. She has been a member of the Professional Ethics Committee of the Connecticut Bar Association since 1994 and has served as its Education Liaison since 2006.
Stephen J. Conover, Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP, Stamford
Steve Conover helps lawyers and law firms practice law without unnecessary ethical risks. He regularly represents lawyers, law firms and legal departments throughout Connecticut in grievance defense matters. He actively advises local and national law firms on malpractice prevention and risk management, and counsels clients on sensitive ethics, professional responsibility, and business matters.
In 2007, Mr Conover completed 11 years of service as Court-appointed Grievance Counsel involved with the State’s lawyer discipline process in administrative and judicial proceedings. Since 2007 he regularly defends lawyers facing sanctions from formal Grievance Complaints filed with Connecticut’s Statewide Grievance Committee. In addition, Mr. Conover provides guidance to lawyers and law firms in their management of partnership agreements, lateral hires & departures, dissolutions, licensing, and ethics compliance. CNA Insurance Company’s Professional Liability claims managers regularly engage him to speak to CNA insured law firms on ethics and loss prevention topics.
Mr. Conover is an experienced neutral arbitrator trained by the American Arbitration Association and regularly selected to decide complex commercial & construction disputes. He was admitted to practice in Connecticut in 1982, and since his admission has maintained an active trial practice representing clients in commercial & construction disputes in Connecticut’s State and Federal Courts and in arbitration, mediation, and administrative hearings before Boards, Committees, and Commissions throughout the State.
Patricia King, Geraghty & Bonnano LLC, New London
Patricia King graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 1973 and the University of Connecticut Schools of Law and Social Work in 1982. Since 1983, she has worked as a Juvenile Court Advocate, an Assistant State’s Attorney in the Judicial District of Waterbury, an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of New Haven. She worked in two New Haven firms as a private practitioner for approximately seven years, handling primarily civil matters, including the Colonial Realty litigation, then as a partner in Moscowitz & King, LLC, focusing on criminal defense. She was one of the three attorneys initially hired to staff the Office of the Chief Disciplinary Counsel at its inception in 2004. She was Chief Disciplinary Counsel between July 2012 and February 2015. After retiring from the Office of the Chief Disciplinary Counsel’s Office, she joined Geraghty & Bonnano where her work will focus on legal ethics, attorney misconduct and legal malpractice.
Pat has been active in her home in New Haven, having served for 9 years on the City Plan Commission, and has been chair of the New Haven Board of Zoning Appeals since 2013. She is fluent in Spanish. She has been an adjunct professor at the Quinnipiac University School of Law since 1997, where she has taught legal skills, Introduction to Representing Clients, and Lawyers Professional Responsibility. She is actively involved in the law schools International Human Rights Law Society and has accompanied the group on its annual service trip to Nicaragua in 2012 and 2014.
Brendon P. Levesque, Horton Dowd Bartschi & Levesque PC, Hartford
Brendon P. Levesque is the managing partner at Horton, Dowd, Bartschi & Levesque, P.C. in Hartford, Connecticut. He is admitted to practice in Connecticut state courts as well as in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, and Federal Circuits. In addition, he is admitted to practice before the United States Patent & Trade Office. Attorney Levesque joined Horton, Dowd, Bartschi & Levesque in August 2004 after serving as a law clerk for now Chief Judge DiPentima of the Connecticut Appellate Court. Attorney Levesque was made a principal of the firm on January 1, 2009.
Attorney Levesque represents clients in civil, family and criminal appeals before the Connecticut appellate courts and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. He also represents attorneys before grievance panels, in public hearings before the Statewide Grievance Committee and in presentments and appeals and candidates for bar admission before the Bar Examining Committee. Attorney Levesque presents seminars on risk management and ethics to law firms. Attorney Levesque is a member of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers. Attorney Levesque is co-author of The Wheeler Court with Attorney Wesley Horton for the Quinnipiac University Law Review, an article focusing on the Connecticut Supreme Court from 1910 through 1930. With Attorney Horton, he co-authored The Maltbie Court for the University of Connecticut Law Review (Vol. 39, No. 5, July, 2007). Attorney Levesque authored Preparing for your first Appellate Argument which was published in the Connecticut Lawyer, Vol. 18, No. 12 and co-authored two chapters of Attorney Horton’s book, The History of the Connecticut Supreme Court, Thomson/West, 2008.
Attorney Levesque co-authors the Connecticut Practice Book Annotated providing authors comments to the chapters on the Code of Judicial Conduct, the Rules of Professional Conduct, motions, and pleadings. He co-authors Connecticut Juvenile Law published by Thomson/West with Attorney Dana Hrelic. He also co-authored Connecticut Insurance Law, a publication of the Connecticut Law Tribune with Attorney Karen Dowd and Attorney Michael Taylor. Since 2009, he has co-authored the annual Professional Responsibility Review in the Bar Journal with the Honorable Kimberly A. Knox.
Marcy T. Stovall, Pullman & Comley LLC, Bridgeport
Marcy Tench Stovall is Counsel at Pullman & Comley, LLC, and practices in the areas of professional liability, civil litigation, appellate practice and employment law. In professional responsibility matters, Marcy regularly represents law firms and attorneys in malpractice litigation, as well as licensing, disciplinary and sanctions matters. Since 2000 she has served on the Connecticut Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Professional Ethics, which issues opinions on attorney ethics, and currently serves as its chair.
Marcy has been a presenter at seminars on attorney ethics, professional responsibility and law firm risk management, and has authored or co-authored: Client Consent to Future Conflicts Will Not Apply Where Disclosure is Inadequate (ABA/BNA Lawyers’ Manual on Professional Conduct); Lawyer Mobility and Imputed Law Firm Disqualification: Implementing Timely and Effective Ethical Screens (Connecticut Lawyer); Attorney Advertising in Connecticut: Everything You Need to Know about the New Era of Oversight and Regulation (Connecticut Lawyer); Conflict Waivers: When in Doubt, Spell It Out (Connecticut Lawyer); Responding to a Disciplinary Complaint: The Do’s and Don’ts (Connecticut Law Tribune); and Advancing Client Costs: Pitfalls and Changes in Rule 1.8(e) (Connecticut Law Tribune).
CLE Credit: 1.0 Hours (CT: 1.0 Ethics; NY: 1.0 Ethics)