On March 10, 2020, Governor Lamont issued declarations of public health and civil preparedness emergencies, proclaiming a state of emergency in the State of Connecticut as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. Thereafter, Governor Lamont issued a series of associated executive orders with different directives modifying or suspending Connecticut Statutes in a manner which facilitate public health and welfare, mobilize government, and address the many challenges facing Connecticut businesses.

Carmody attorneys have been trusted advisors during this time and were instrumental to the timely creation of several Executive Orders.

Matthew H. Gaul, a partner in Carmody’s Business Services group, was recognized by the Pro Bono Partnership for his contributions towards Executive Order 7NN, granting Connecticut nonprofits the ability to hold member meetings remotely. Matthew worked alongside other top Connecticut corporate lawyers in drafting Executive Order 7NN, leveraging his work as Associate Reporter for the American Bar Association’s forthcoming 4th Edition of the Model Nonprofit Corporation Act.

Jacqueline O. Kaufman, a partner in Carmody’s Real Estate & Land Use group, is recognized for her contributions toward Executive Order 7B (suspension of in-person, open meeting requirements), 7I (procedural relief for municipalities conducting public hearings and rendering decisions), and 7MM (municipal zoning relief to expedite permits for outdoor dining and for retail stores to sell goods outdoors). Jackie worked alongside other top Connecticut land use attorneys in the drafting of these Executive Orders. Jackie currently serves on the Connecticut Bar Association (CBA) COVID-19 Task Force and is the Chair of the CBA Planning & Zoning Section.