The Forum magazine is a publication of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, and the Spring 2021 issue is “The Child Issue: Where Youth and the Law Intersect.”  Shipman lawyers wrote two of the articles in this special issue, which we are happy to share with you.

The inspiration for this issue of FORUM was derived from former Supreme Court Justice and DCF Commissioner Joette Katz’s eye-opening article on sex trafficking in this state. Joette wrote “Shining a Light on the Dark Scourge of Sex Trafficking: A Clear Look at a Shadowy Reality.” The full article is available here.

Tom Mooney and Natalia Sieira Millan wrote “Do Bullies Have Free Speech Rights? The United States Supreme Court Revisits Tinker in a New Case.”  In their article, Tom and Natalia review the implications of B.L. v. Mahanoy Area School District, a Third Circuit decision that holds that school officials do not have the authority to regulate off-campus speech by students.  As we await the ruling of the United States Supreme Court in that case, Tom and Natalia urge that the Court reject the reasoning of the Third Circuit to hold that school officials can regulate off-campus speech when such speech affects the school community, as is the case with cyberbullying.  The full article is available here.

Reprinted with permission from CTLA FORUM magazine. © 2021 All rights reserved. 

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Photo of Joette Katz Joette Katz

Joette Katz is a partner in the firm’s Business Litigation Practice Group. Her distinguished legal career and service to the State of Connecticut provide her with considerable knowledge and experience that make her a valuable resource to clients and attorneys throughout the firm.

Joette Katz is a partner in the firm’s Business Litigation Practice Group. Her distinguished legal career and service to the State of Connecticut provide her with considerable knowledge and experience that make her a valuable resource to clients and attorneys throughout the firm.

Joette focuses her practice on appellate work, mediation and investigations. She consults with firm attorneys handling federal, state and administrative appeals, where she advises them on the appellate process, positioning and strategy at both the trial and appellate stages of a matter. Joette also serves as a mediator to resolve a wide range of conflicts for clients that do not require litigation. In addition, using skills from her government experience, Joette advises clients across a variety of industries on handling government, internal and other investigations. She also demonstrates her long-standing commitment to supporting at-risk populations as a significant contributor to the firm’s award-winning pro bono efforts providing legal services on behalf of the underserved and underprivileged members of the community.

Photo of Thomas B. Mooney Thomas B. Mooney

Tom is Co-Chair of the School Law Practice Group and is active in all areas of school law, including labor negotiations for certified and non-certified staff, teacher tenure proceedings, grievance arbitration, freedom of information hearings, student disciplinary matters, special education disputes and all…

Tom is Co-Chair of the School Law Practice Group and is active in all areas of school law, including labor negotiations for certified and non-certified staff, teacher tenure proceedings, grievance arbitration, freedom of information hearings, student disciplinary matters, special education disputes and all other legal proceedings involving boards of education. Tom is the author of A Practical Guide to Connecticut School Law (9th Edition, 2018), a comprehensive treatise on Connecticut school law, and two columns, “See You in Court!,” which appears in the CABE Journal, and “Legal Mailbag,” which appears in the CAS Bulletin.

Photo of Natalia Sieira-Millan Natalia Sieira-Millan

Natalia Sieira Millan advises public school districts on all aspects of school law, and she also teaches school law at the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut as well as the Quinnipiac University School of Education.  Prior to joining the…

Natalia Sieira Millan advises public school districts on all aspects of school law, and she also teaches school law at the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut as well as the Quinnipiac University School of Education.  Prior to joining the firm, Attorney Sieira Millan was an Assistant Agency Legal Director with the Connecticut Department of Children and Families.