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Christopher L. Brigham, member of the Meritas Board of Directors and Jennifer L. DiBella, a member of the Meritas Women’s Leadership Congress, are looking forward to attending the Meritas Annual Meeting in Chicago, May 2-May 5. Christopher L. Brigham, a Shareholder with Updike, Kelly & Spellacy and Chairman of the Employment Practices Group, focuses his practice on representing and counseling businesses and educational institutions with respect to workplace employment and school law issues. ...

 On April 11, 2023, Attorney Matthew Warden volunteered as Judge for the 1L oral arguments at Quinnipiac University School of Law. Law students presented arguments regarding bona fide occupational qualifications in the context of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), which generally prohibits employment discrimination.  Attorney Warden questioned the students on their arguments and provided feedback about their presentation.   Attorney Warden is a litigator who practices in the areas of Co ...

On April 12, 2023, Attorney Stefan Sjoberg volunteered as a moot court Judge for the 1L oral arguments at Western New England University School of Law. Law students presented arguments on First Amendment freedom of speech issues in the context of a public high school. Attorney Sjoberg questioned the students on their arguments and provided feedback about their presentation. Attorney Sjoberg practices in the areas of Commercial Lending & Banking, General Corporate Counsel, and Real Estate. H ...

On April 19, 2023, Updike, Kelly and Spellacy, P.C., shareholder Evan Goldstein and associates Stefan Sjoberg and Matthew Warden, volunteered as judges for Wilbur Cross High School students as they prepared for the “We the People National Finals.” Wilbur Cross’s team secured a spot in the 36th Annual We the People National Finals in Washington, D.C. on April 21-23. At the national competition, students will participate in simulated Congressional hearings and testify as Constitutional experts bef ...

On March 29, 2023, the Connecticut Bar Association Future of the Legal Professions Scholars Program put on an event for Scholars of this program and college students entitled Charting Your Legal Career as a 1L. Evan Goldstein, a shareholder at Updike, Kelly, & Spellacy, P.C. and Grace Hebbel, a partner at Saxe Doerenberger & Vita, P.C., both committee members on the CBA Future of the Legal Professions Scholars Program moderated a panel discussion to help the Scholars and students intere ...

On March 14, 2023, South Shore Bancorp, MHC, South Weymouth, Massachusetts and 1831 Bancorp, MHC, Dedham, Massachusetts, announced their agreement to form a strategic partnership through the merger of South Shore Bancorp, MHC with and into1831 Bancorp, MHC.  Pursuant to the proposed transaction, their respective bank subsidiaries, South Shore Bank and Dedham Institution for Savings, would remain independent entities under a mutual multi-bank holding company. South Shore has 12 full-service offi ...

Why You Should Have Paid More Attention to Your Elementary School Grammar Lessons: No Discharge for “Fraud in the Passive Voice” Thinking way back to your elementary school years, maybe even your high school days, you probably recall wondering what use you would ever get out of learning the difference between “active and passive voice” in a sentence!  An understanding of this grammatical nuance may be helpful in understanding how to interpret 11 U.S.C. 523(a)(2)(A), which section identifies cer ...

On March 9, 2023, Updike, Kelly & Spellacy shareholder Michael Botelho will be chairing the panel “Securities Law Considerations Concerning Limited Public Offerings and Private Placements” at the National Association of Bond Lawyers’ Institute. The panel will examine particular considerations regarding standards of disclosure, investors letters and other topics that distinguish these offerings from public offerings.  The role of placement agent counsel and underwriter’s counsel in these tra ...

On January 31, 2023, the Connecticut Appellate Court issued a decision affirming the Connecticut Superior Court’s decision granting summary judgment on behalf of the defendants. See Joseph M. Booth v. Park Terrace II Mutual Housing Limited Partnership et al., 217 Conn. App. 398 (2023) (AC 45094). The Appellate Court also affirmed the Superior Court’s decision to deny the plaintiff’s request to amend his complaint and motion to preclude expert testimony. Attorney Bausch argued the case before the ...

Background On December 23, 2022, Congress passed the Financial Data Transparency Act (the “Act”) as part of the Fiscal Year 2023 National Defense Authorization Act. The Act requires the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) to create organizational standards for information reported by issuers and obligors on the Electronic Municipal Market Access website (“EMMA”). What Does This Mean for Municipal Issuers? Once the Act is implemented and the rules are finalized, the Act will alter ...