Ethics: The Year in Review – D04

Ethics Track
Standing Committee on Professional Ethics

Session D: 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

This program will address the frequently asked questions and issues about the disciplinary process. It will provide a review of the most recent opinions from the CBA Professional Ethics Committee as well as review of any proposed rules changes.


Stephen J. Conover, Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP, Stamford

Attorney Conover is a partner in Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey’s Litigation Group.  He regularly represents lawyers, law firms and corporate 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, Steve completed 11 years of service as Court-appointed Grievance Counsel involved with the State’s lawyer disciplinary/grievance process in administrative and judicial proceedings.  He now regularly defends lawyers facing sanctions from formal Grievance Complaints filed with Connecticut’s Statewide Grievance Committee. In addition, Steve provides guidance to lawyers and law firms in their partnership agreements, management of partner departures, lateral hires, dissolutions, licensing, and ethics compliance.

Steve has a long history of leadership in the state and local bar, including his election as a Board Member (1993-2003) and as President (2003-2004) of the Fairfield County Bar Association.  Steve is active in the Connecticut Bar Association as an elected member of its Board of Governors, and as a member of the Professional Ethics Committee, and Profession Discipline Committee. Steve was a member of the CBA Task Force on the Unauthorized Practice of Law.  

In 2012, Steve was appointed to a four-year term on the Connecticut Judicial Compensation Commission which evaluates the adequacy and determines the sufficiency of compensation paid to State Court judges. From 2012 until 2016, he served on the Connecticut Judicial Selection Commission which investigates and recommends lawyers for appointment as judges and evaluates incumbent judges for elevation (to the Appellate Court and the Supreme Court) and for reappointment; Steve was Vice-Chair when his term on the Commission ended in Spring 2016.


Brendon P. Levesque, Horton Dowd Bartschi & Levesque P.C., Hartford

is a partner at Horton, Dowd, Bartschi & Levesque, P.C. in Hartford, Connecticut. He is admitted to practice in Connecticut and New York 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, the United States Supreme Court, and is licensed to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Attorney Levesque joined the firm 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 counsels clients as to compliance with the State of Connecticut Code of Ethics, and represents clients regarding complaints, investigations and evaluations by the Office of State Ethics and before the Citizen’s Ethics Advisory Board. 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. In January of 2008, Attorney Levesque was an adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law, co-teaching the Moot Court Interterm. He has co-taught Appellate Advocacy at UCONN School of Law with Attorney Horton since 2014.

Attorney Levesque co-authors the Connecticut Practice Book Annotated providing authors comments to the chapters on the Code of Judicial Conduct, motions, and pleadings; the annual Ethics Review in the Bar Journal, and has done so since 2009; and Connecticut Juvenile Law published by Thomson/West. He also co-authored Connecticut Insurance Law, a publication of the Connecticut Law Tribune with Attorney Dowd.


Deborah Del Prete Sullivan, Office of the Chief Public Defender, Hartford

Attorney Sullivan is Legal Counsel for the Office of Chief Public Defender of the Division of Public Defender Services in Hartford, Connecticut. Admitted to the Connecticut and Federal Bars, she is the agency’s liaison with the Connecticut General Assembly and the Office of the Governor.

Deborah continues to conduct mandatory ethics training for all newly hired Division personnel and the Division’s Assigned Counsel. She has been a member of the Professional Ethics Committee of the Connecticut Bar Association since 1995 and serves as its Training Chair. In addition, 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 Legislative, Classification, Juvenile Sentencing and Drug Free School Zone Working Groups of the CT Sentencing Commission, Eyewitness Identification Task Force, Racial Profiling Project Advisory Board, Superior Court Rules Committee’s Task Force to Study Minimum Continuing Legal Education and Trafficking in Persons Council.

Deborah currently serves as the Chairperson for Salvation Army Advisory Board and is the Director of Music at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, both in Waterbury. Deborah is married to Attorney Craig A. Sullivan with whom she has two children.

CLE Credit: 1.5 Hours (Ethics)