It's Friday evening, and I don't much feel like blogging about law. Rather, I'd like to talk about my oldest son, Anthony. He is now a senior at St. Bonaventure University - where my wife and I went and met. I cannot tell you the emotions that brings up in me in a simple blog post, but use your imagination. And he is seriously considering going to law school. I think it's awesome. I don't much care for those lawyers that react negatively when younger people say they want to go to law school. Really?
All lawyers should include basic provisions in contracts for their clients. One basic provision designates or chooses the state's law that applies. If your client has the bargaining power, and is located in Connecticut, well, you choose Connecticut. But the language you use in your "choice of law" provision is critical. Simply stating that, for example, "Connecticut law governs the interpretation and enforcement of this agreement" will not guarantee that Connecticut law applies to extra-contractual torts.
Like most states' rules, the Connecticut Practice Book allows attorneys admitted to practice law in other states (but not Connecticut) to represent a client in a Connecticut state court proceeding. It's called "pro hac vice" which means "for this occasion only." The status is typically limited to situations where the client and attorney that seeks to be admitted pro hac vice have an established relationship, the client desires that attorney to represent it, and the attorney meets certain requirements.