Upcoming events

Stay tuned for the following upcoming CCDLA events

  • Representing Juveniles in Adult Court – Full Day Seminar, March 2018
  • Representing Students in Disciplinary Proceedings – Dinner Meeting, March 2018
  • Dealing with the Stressors of Criminal Defense Practice – Dinner Meeting, April 2018
  • CLFree 2018 – Full Day CLE Seminar, June 14, 2018


2016 Annual Meeting

You Are Invited to Attend

The Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Association’s

Annual Meeting

WHEN: Thursday, October 13, 2016

WHEREAnthony’s Ocean View, 450 Lighthouse Road, New Haven, CT  06512 (click for directions.)



Diane “Cookie” Polan


Recipient of the Champion of Liberty Award

Diane ‘Cookie’ Polan has been practicing as a criminal defense lawyer for over 35 years. Part of the first women’s entering class in 1969 at Yale University she graduated magna cum laude, 1973 and from Yale Law School in 1980. She served on the New Haven Legal Assistance Association Board for 14 years serving 2 terms as VP and 1 as President. She received the Pro Bono award from the CBA in 2000. She received the CWEALF “A woman Makes a Difference” award in 2008. She has a national reputation and is known as a tenacious, fierce, dynamic feminist criminal defense lawyer in both state and federal courts. She partnered with Kuriloff and Levine, a feminist law firm, Williams and Wise, and later Norm Pattis,  all before opening her own practice where she most recently partnered with Max Simmons.


Allison Near

Recipient of the First Annual Cookie Polan Award

DETAILS: Cocktail hour:  6-7:00 p.m. Dinner and meeting:  7:00 p.m.

Open Bar Sponsored by Ruane Attorneys

Register by emailing Lisa Cerverizzo or online.

Middletown Know Your Rights: 9/21

The CCDLA and ACLU partnership on the Know Your Rights series had its next stop in Middletown on September 21, 2016. CT-N was present to record it and you can see the entire panel discussion below. The next event is in Bridgeport on October 5, 2016 at 338 Sullivan Avenue from 6pm to 8pm.

Know Your Rights: Waterbury

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The CCDLA is partnering with the ACLU to conduct community discussions throughout Connecticut on individual rights, with a focus on interaction with police. Our first event is on August 30, 2016 at the WOW Community Learning Center in Waterbury. Join us to discuss the limits of the law that police must follow in interacting with citizens, including when traffic stops are permitted, when searches are permitted and when police can stop individuals from recording them in public.

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