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Firm member Danielle J. B. Edwards is once again taking an active role in the Connecticut Bar Association’s Presidential Fellowship Program as the new 2017-18 bar year begins.
The Connecticut Bar Association Presidential Fellowship Program exists to develop future leaders of the bar, promote a substantive section of the bar association to young lawyers, and provide Presidential Fellows with network growth opportunities across the state of Connecticut. Presidential Fellows are selected in a competitive and rigorous process that is based on application, recommendations, and input from various bar association committees.
Ms. Edwards was selected as a Presidential Fellow in 2016 for a two-year appointment to the bar association’s Appellate Advocacy section. In her capacity as a Presidential Fellow, Ms. Edwards regularly represents the Appellate Advocacy section at bar functions, interacts with appellate attorneys throughout the state of Connecticut, follows current legal developments in Connecticut law, and produces events for legal education and professional development.
In June of 2017, Ms. Edwards helped to produce a presentation about appellate advocacy at the sold-out Connecticut Legal Conference in Hartford, Connecticut. The conference is an annual event attended by attorneys from across the state, and the presentation that Ms. Edwards helped to produce had the highest attendance in history for the Appellate Section. She is already involved in planning another successful presentation for 2018.
Actively developing legal leadership in Connecticut
Ms. Edwards is especially committed to developing women in the practice of law. In April of 2017, she produced a presentation of the American Bar Association’s “Grit Project” in Stamford, Connecticut, educating women attorneys about non-cognitive traits that enable their professional success. Due to the success of that program, she is producing it again in the spring of 2018 for a statewide audience, with a high-profile panel of speakers.
In the past month, Ms. Edwards has also helped to moderate a panel discussion about the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act with some of this state’s foremost experts on the topic, and produced a presentation on municipal debt in Connecticut with a nationally known speaker.
As firm member at Cacace, Tusch & Santagata, Ms. Edwards represents commercial and private clients before Connecticut’s appellate, trial, and administrative tribunals.