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.

2014 CCDLA Holiday Party

Thanks to everyone who came to Vasi’s in Waterbury for our 2014 Holiday party. Find yourself in our photos below!