Fairfield Regional Holiday Party @ Blind Rhino
Dec 11 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
New Haven Regional Holiday Party @ Sherkaan
Dec 12 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
COVID-19 Webinar: Protecting Yourself & Your Loved Ones Through Estate Planning in the Wake of COVID-19
May 15 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Screening of Alternative Facts: The Lies of Executive Order 9066
Jun 9 @ 2:00 pm


Join us at 2:00 p.m. on June 9 for a screening of 

Alternative Facts: The Lies of Executive Order 9066

presented by the Connecticut Bar Association’s Executive Committee and Diversity and Inclusion Committee

This documentary uncovers the untold story of false information and political influence, which led to the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans and the Supreme Court case of Korematsu. The documentary also examines the parallels to the targeting of minority groups today and similar attempts to abuse the powers of government.

Following the screening, a panel discussion will examine our nation’s history of racial scapegoating; the consequences when alternative facts are substituted for evidence and scientifically supported data; the role of the media; and how we, as a country, can stand together to simultaneously defeat COVID-19 and preserve democracy.

Attorney General William Tong, Office of the Attorney General, Hartford
Prof. Lorraine K. Bannai
, Seattle University School of Law, Seattle, WA
Prof. Nobuhisa Ishizuka, Center for Japanese Legal Studies at Columbia Law School, New York, NY
Dr. Karen Korematsu, Founder & ED, Fred T. Korematsu Institute, San Francisco, CA

*1 CLE Ethics Credit offered

Register here.

Motley Speaker Series Inaugural Event
Jul 15 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Register online for this event here.
Submit questions anonymously for the speakers to address here.

Constance Baker Motley (1921-2005), born and raised in New Haven, Connecticut, was recognized by Resolution of the United States House of Representatives of the 110th Congress in 2007 for her
“lifelong commitment to the advancement of civil rights and social justice.”

Motley was the first female staff attorney NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund (LDF), hired by then Chief Counsel Thurgood Marshall.
She argued and won many of the defining cases in the civil rights movement, including those to desegregate schools and universities, housing, transportation, and public accommodations.
Motley later became the first Black woman appointed as a federal judge, rising to Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York in 1982. Learn more.

2020 Connecticut Legal Conference
Sep 14 – Sep 16 all-day

Join CAPABA Board Members Tanya Bovee and Michelle Querijero to discuss the role of women in the legal profession at the virtual 2020 Connecticut Legal Conference, in a panel titled “Women in the Legal Profession over the Decades.”

The panel is scheduled for Wednesday, September 16, 2020, from 2 – 4 p.m. You can register for the panel here.

The panel features:
Hon. Joette Katz (Ret.), Shipman & Goodwin LLP
Tanya Bovee, Jackson Lewis PC
Margaret I. Castinado, Office of the Public Defender
Je’Quana S. Orr, Robinson+Cole
Michelle Querijero, Allied World Assurance Company
Diane W. Whitney, Pullman & Comley LLC
Anika Singh Lemar, Yale Law School (Moderator)


Seventy-eight years ago, Executive Order 9066 paved the way to the profound violation of constitutional rights that resulted in the forced incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans.  Featuring George Takei and many others who were incarcerated, as well as newly rediscovered photographs of Dorothea Lange, And Then They Came for Us brings history into the present, retelling this difficult story and following Japanese American activists as they speak out against the Muslim registry and travel ban.  Knowing our history is the first step to ensuring we do not repeat it.  And Then They Came for Us is a cautionary and inspiring tale for these dark times. Please partner with us to share this critical story.

“It was a failure of American democracy, and yet because most Americans are not aware of that dark chapter of American history, it’s about to be repeated.     – George Takei, Actor and Activist 

As part of the 2020 Connecticut Legal Conference, there will be a showing of “Then They Came For Us: The Perils of Silence,” with a panel of distinguished speakers. If you have not already seen this film (and even if you have), we highly recommend taking this opportunity to take a look back at the not-so-distant past. The showing will be on September 15, from 2 to 4 pm. You can register for the panel here.

The panel features:
Alicia R. Kinsman, Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants
Dr. Karen Korematsu, Fred T. Korematsu Institute
Donald K. Tamaki, Minami Tamaki LLP
Hoyt H. Zia, Stop Repeating History (Moderator)

UConn Law School Alumni Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner
Oct 13 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Congratulations to our very own CAPABA president, Dan Brody, on being nominated for the Graduates of the Last Decade Impact Award by UConn Law School’s Alumni Association. Dan has been recognized as a graduate in the last decade whose career has already had a substantial and positive impact within the legal community and beyond. The award will be presented virtually on Tuesday, October 13 at 6 pm.

As anyone involved with CAPABA can attest, Dan has lent a helping hand and great leadership to our organization. We are excited that he has been recognized for the work that he has put into CAPABA and helping further its mission, and we look forward to everything that Dan will do in the future.

DEADLINE: Submission of Nominations for 2021 Calendar Year
Oct 28 @ 12:34 am – Nov 10 @ 5:00 pm
Dear Members,

CAPABA™ is now accepting nominations for officer positions and seats on the Board of Directors.  The open officer positions for the 2021 calendar year are:

1. President
2. President-Elect
3. Vice President
4. Vice President of Communications
5. Treasurer
6. Secretary

In addition to these positions, 14 seats on the Board of Directors are open as well.

If you would like to nominate a member, or would like to nominate yourself, please send an email with (1) the name of the nominee, (2) the officer or Board position of interest and (3) a brief statement of the nominee’s background and interest to no later than Tuesday, November 10, 2020, at 5 pm.  All nominees must be current on their membership dues at the time that the nomination is submitted.

* If you are nominating another member for an Officer or Board position, please determine his or her interest prior to nominating. Upon confirmation of the nominee’s interest, please have him or her submit a brief statement of interest.

**Current members of the Board of Directors must submit a nomination for themselves if they wish to continue their service for the 2021 calendar year.

CAPABA™’s elections will take place in November 2020, and the results will be announced in early December.  Specific dates will be announced soon.  If you have any questions about the nominations or elections process, please email your inquiries to

Thank you!
CAPABA™ Nominating and Elections Committee

2020 Virtual Celebration
Dec 3 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
CAPABA Virtual White Elephant Gift Exchange
Dec 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Time to break out the ugly Christmas sweaters and some tinsel. We’re at it again! Please join us for our annual holiday party! In true 2020 fashion, we will be hosting a white elephant gift exchange via Zoom on Friday, December 18 at 6 pm. Bring your pets, children, and tons of plotting of gift-swiping! RSVP to our email and you will receive instructions and a Zoom invitation.