Masters’ Roundtables Reach Out to Young Lawyers

Vol. 37 No. 3


Sorell Negro is co-chair of the Section’s Young Lawyers Committee and an associate in the Hartford, Connecticut, office of Robinson & Cole LLP.

The Section’s Young Lawyers Committee is putting together a series of bi-monthly teleconferences for our young lawyer members called “Masters’ Roundtables,” in which we feature our Section’s leaders, who speak on various topics of their choosing and offer practical advice and insights about how to be a successful state or local government law lawyer. These calls are an open discussion with the young lawyers, who are invited to dial-in and pick the Masters’ brains.

The first Masters’ Roundtable was in November 2013 and featured our Section Chair W. Andrew Gowder of Pratt-Thomas Walker in Charleston, South Carolina, and former Section Chair Dwight Merriam of Robinson & Cole LLP in Hartford, Connecticut, two national land use experts. Andy and Dwight spoke about cutting-edge land use case law, provided day-to-day advice about practicing land use law, and discussed pitfalls for young lawyers to avoid.

The second Masters’ Roundtable was in January 2014 on government law and featured Section Vice-Chair Donna Frazier, parish attorney for the Parish of Caddo, Louisiana, and Section Budget Officer Bill Scheiderich, a municipal attorney in the Portland, Oregon, area, who spoke on open meetings laws and public records issues. Donna and Bill also addressed tricky issues that young government lawyers typically face and offered tips to private practitioners who work with government lawyers.

The next Masters’ Roundtable will be on March 31, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. EDT and will feature Robert Thomas of Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert in Honolulu, Hawaii, and chair of the Section’s Condemnation Law Committee, and Julie Tappendorf of Ancel Glink Diamond Bush DiCianni & Krafthefer in Chicago, Illinois, and chair of the Section’s Historic Preservation & Architectural Control Subcommittee. Rob and Julie will speak about appellate practice, working remotely, and social media for marketing.

Young lawyers: Please join these free teleconferences and join the discussion!

Section leaders: Please e-mail Sorell Negro at or Michael Kamprath at to sign up to be a Master!


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