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.
Many abused and neglected children in state care never find a parent other than the Department for Children and Families (DCF), and ages 18-23 are critical years. Often lonely, fragile and challenged, youth may find themselves pushed out of foster or group homes when they turn 18. Trauma histories as well as cognitive and emotional challenges can make it difficult for them to find their way. It is not uncommon for youth in state care to become homeless when they turn 18. For these individuals, legal help is necessary to obtain support enabling them to graduate from high school, find resources for college or trade school, secure a safe place to live, and receive benefits for food, medical or mental health care.
The newly established Arnold Rutkin Scholars Fund supports intensive, focused legal advocacy to provide the safety and educational direction that allows a secure and productive future for youth aging out of care. Attorney Catherine Whelan, trustee of the Ruth and Hal Launders Charitable Trust, created the Fund to honor Arnold Rutkin, a long-time friend and colleague, and member of the Center for Children’s Advocacy Board of Directors. A well-attended celebration was held in Norwalk to honor Attorney Rutkin and the establishment of the Fund.
Arnold H. Rutkin, Sarah S. Oldham and David W. Griffin were named to the 2017 “Connecticut Super Lawyers” list in the area of family law. Mr. Rutkin and Ms. Oldham have held this esteemed distinction since 2006, and Mr. Griffin since 2011. In addition, Dyan M. Kozaczka was named a “Connecticut Rising Star” in the area of family law. Based on a rigorous, multiphase peer-review process, Super Lawyers is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of attorneys in more than 70 practice areas. Super Lawyers listings are used as a resource guide to assist businesses and individuals in hiring legal counsel. Super Lawyers is published by Law & Politics as a special supplement in top newspapers and city and regional magazines across the country. The published list represents no more than 5% of the lawyers in the state. For more information on the Super Lawyers selection process, visit http://www.superlawyers.com/connecticut/selection_details.html