The Connecticut Law Tribune has awarded Arnold Rutkin its Lifetime Achievement Award. This honor recognizes those attorneys who have left a lasting imprint on the legal community. Arnold has made broad and valuable contributions to the legal community, beginning with his career in legal aid in Bridgeport. He is a zealous advocate for clients and has a noteworthy record of family law advocacy. For many years, he was the editor in chief of the Family Advocate, the American Bar Association’s monthly magazine for Family Law. In 2017, a Scholars Fund was established in Arnold’s name by the Center for Children’s Advocacy, honoring his work in supporting children who live with challenge and lack of access to a critical support system.
The Connecticut Law Tribune has awarded Dyan Kozaczka the New Leader in the Law Award. This recognition spotlights lawyers under the age of 40 who have excelled in the courtroom, in client service and cultivation, in service to bar associations and in performing pro bono work or community service in a volunteer capacity. Dyan was recently named a partner at the firm. She enjoys the law and understands family dynamics in a way many lawyers can only learn after decades of practice. In addition to her achievements on behalf of clients, Dyan volunteers regularly with the Special Olympics of Connecticut. Dyan was honored at an awards reception in Hartford at the end of May.
Sarah S. Oldham presented at the CCAAML’s Biennial Seminar on April 27, 2018 at the Quinnipiac Medical School in Hamden. The seminar focused on understanding and preparing a matrimonial case for trial and provided valuable insight from experienced trial lawyers. Sally Oldham presented on the topic of custody evaluation. Her presentation analyzed case law and statutory authority regarding custody evaluations, challenges to the admissibility of custody experts, and psychological testing standards and protocol.
Rutkin, Oldham & Griffin participated in the Center for Children’s Advocacy’s 3rd Annual Play for Kids event at Chelsea Piers. The firm’s team for the charitable event, organized by Dyan Kozaczka, chose the team name “Arnie’s Army” to honor firm founder, CCA Board of Directors member, and champion of children’s rights, Arnold Rutkin. Arnie’s Army competed in athletic and strategy events such as trampoline dodgeball and obstacle courses. The Center for Children’s Advocacy provides legal services and advocacy for children, working to improve the quality of legal representation for vulnerable children in communities throughout Connecticut.
David Griffin recently co-chaired the Educational Programs for the AAML’s 2018 Mid-Year Meeting in Maui. The CLE portions of the meeting covered topics such as Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence, Economic Abuse, Defending the Admissibility of an Expert’s Opinion and Examination of Professional, Personal and Enterprise Goodwill. David assembled an excellent program, and the meeting was very well attended. He will continue to use his expertise in providing an interesting and well-received CLE program as he co-chairs the AAML’s Annual Meeting in Chicago in November 2018.