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Meet the New Members of the CBA Executive Council

Vol. 47, No. 9 [Page 6]

Connecticut Bar Journal

October, 2018

Executive Council

Please welcome the newest members of the CBA Executive Council: President-Elect Kathleen Hearn Croshal; Vice Presidents Dan Deasy, Judson Hite, and Leslie German; and Council members Melanie Bartlett, Joi Kush, Michelle McCarthy, Kimberley Neilio, Ted Tow, and Mo. Watson. We asked them to share a little about themselves, their involvement with the CBA, and what led to their participation on the Executive Council.

Kathleen Hearn Croshal

President-Elect

Please tell us a little about yourself, personally and professionally.

I am married to James M. Croshal, attorney at law and loving husband. Our blended family consists of seven children, 13 grandchildren, and six foreign exchange students. Professionally, I am a retired Pueblo County judge. Before becoming a judge, I was a partner in the general civil lawfirm of Petersen & Fonda PC.

How did you first get involved with the CBA and how has it enriched your career?

I first became involved with the CBA when I was an officer of the Pueblo County Bar Association. This led to my becoming a member of the CBAs Board of Governors. What enriched me the most was the people I had the opportunity to meet.

What is your favorite thing about being a lawyer?

Working with people to solve problems.

Why did you say "yes" to serving on the CBA Executive Council and what are you looking forward to this year as you help lead the bar?

My husband, a past president of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, would say ego! I would say that it is an opportunity to give back to, be involved in, and help foster an association that works to provide for the needs of lawyers and supports lawyers.

Dan Deasy

Vice President, 2nd District

Please tell us a little about yourself, personally and professionally.

Now in my 25th year of practicing law, I am blessed to say that every day I wake up, I'm happy to go to work. I've been a prosecutor, an insurance defense attorney, and a personal injury lawyer, and now I practice mostly family law. I love it and am thrilled with my current practice. With my courtroom experience, I've found a rewarding niche in trial advocacy instruction for the bar, NITA, and the University of Denver—all wonderfully fulfilling activities. Outside the law, I have a wife I adore, and we take care of five beautiful kids in our blended famil: a sophomore at the University of Colorado; a football player, lacrosse player, and cheerleader at ThunderRidge High School; and a first-grader who is truly our CEO. Don't even ask My wife is one of a kind, managing so much more than is humanly possible every single day. She will always deserve better than me!

How did you first get involved with the CBA and how has it enriched your career?

I have been a CBA member for more than 20 years. I am a past president of the Douglas Elbert Bar Association and have offered instruction at many CBA-CLE courses over the years, usually focused on evidence or something to do with trial advocacy. I was asked this year to consider serving as a vice president, having served on the Board of Governors in the past. The CBA offers unmatched opportunities and resources for its members. From the Young Lawyers Division to the Family Law Section, the movers and shakers in our industry become active and give voice to important ideas through the CBA. I love the passion and commitment of those involved.

What is your favorite thing about being a lawyer?

I have litigated for essentially all of my career, and I enjoy courtroom work more than I can possibly describe. Fighting the right fight for people who need help gives me unmatched satisfaction.

Why did you say "yes" to serving on the CBA Executive Council and what are you looking forward to this year as you help lead the bar?

This opportunity was a no-doubter for me. The idea of listening to, and providing, ideas that shape our legal world is...

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