Annual Review of Connecticut Supreme and Appellate Court Cases – C08

Litigation and Advocacy Track
Appellate Advocacy Section

Session C: 2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m

About the Program
This seminar will provide an enlightening and comprehensive review of Connecticut Supreme Court cases from the past year by Kenneth A. Bartschi, followed by an insightful and thought-provoking review of Connecticut Appellate Court cases from the past year by Karen L. Dowd. 

You Will Learn

  • The latest developments in the Connecticut Supreme Court and Appellate Court, including holdings in significant cases 
  • Changes in the personnel on the bench and what effect the newer jurists are having on the Courts’ jurisprudence 
  • Practical tips, such as the perils of failing to raise or present issues properly, as demonstrated by recent decisions 


Kenneth J. Bartschi, Horton Dowd Bartschi & Levesque PC, Hartford  

Kenneth Bartschi is a principal with the Hartford firm of Horton, Dowd, Bartschi & Levesque, P.C., where his practice includes appellate litigation in civil, family, constitutional, and criminal matters.  He has argued numerous cases in the Connecticut Supreme Court and Appellate Court that have had significant impacts on the law, including Millbrook Owners Association v. Hamilton Standard, 257 Conn. 1 (2001), and Ramin v. Ramin, 281 Conn. 324 (2007) (en banc).  He served as cooperating counsel with Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders in the landmark marriage-equality case, Kerrigan v. Commissioner of Public Health, 289 Conn. 135 (2008) (en banc).  He began working at Horton, Dowd, Bartschi & Levesque, P.C., as a law clerk in 1995 and joined the firm as an associate in the fall of 1996, becoming a partner in 2000. He is a member of the bars of the State of Connecticut, the State of New York, the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.

Attorney Bartschi serves as co-author of West’s Connecticut Rules of Appellate Procedure (Annotated) with Wesley Horton and has done so since the 2004 Edition.  Along with Attorney Horton, Attorney Bartschi has co-authored the annual Appellate Review for the Connecticut Bar Journal since the 2000 Review.  He is also one of the co-authors of the Connecticut Practice Book Annotated (4th Ed.), published by West and MCLE New England, A Practical Guide to Divorce in Connecticut.

Attorney Bartschi is a fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. In 2006, he was a co-recipient of the Judge Maxwell Heiman Award from the Hartford County Bar Association.  He serves on the executive committees of the Appellate Advocacy and LGBT sections of the Connecticut Bar Association and is a member of the Human Rights and Responsibilities section.  He previously served as co-chair of the HRR Section and as a member of the Board of Directors for the Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund. He has appeared on seminar panels, speaking on appellate issues, and is frequently asked to judge moot court competitions and classes at the UConn School of Law.  Attorney Bartschi earned a Bachelor of Music in music education from Potsdam College in 1987 and holds a Masters of Music degree in performance from Arizona State University, which he earned in 1989.  He graduated with honors from the UConn Law School in 1996. 

Karen L. Dowd, Horton Dowd Bartschi & Levesque PC, Hartford 

Attorney Dowd is a principal at Horton, Dowd, Bartschi & Levesque, P.C. in Hartford, Connecticut.  She 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 Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.  Her practice includes trial and appellate litigation in Connecticut state and federal courts, and the representation of attorneys in professional responsibility matters.  She consults with trial counsel on presenting legal issues and in preparing cases for appeal.

Attorney Dowd co-authors the annual Connecticut Practice Book Annotated, Vol. 1, annotated by current and former members of the firm.  Attorney Dowd provides author’s comments to chapters on pleadings and motions.  She also co-authored Connecticut Insurance Law.

Attorney Dowd served as Chair of the Connecticut Bar Association Litigation Section from 2005 to 2007 after serving as an officer for the prior four years. She continues to serve on the Litigation Section Executive Committee as an Honorary Member. Attorney Dowd taught written and oral advocacy in the Moot Court interterm at the University of Connecticut School of Law. 


CLE Credit: 1.0 Hours (CT: 1.0 General; NY: 1.0 AOP)