To the Editor:

Now that I am in my 49th year of practice, it is refreshing to note that power and privilege are in good stead in various areas of Connecticut.

On Tuesday, Jan. 20, I went to the Hartford Family Court to defend certain motions filed against my client. At the time, I was fighting severe congestion and was tempted to notify the court that I was going to stay home in bed. This would have afforded me the opportunity to view the presidential Inauguration, and event that was of great interest to me. Upon reflection, I felt the duty to my client and the courtesy owed opposing counsel outweighed my personal convenience and discomfort.

Upon arrival, the opposing counsel and I got to work immediately. Within two hours, we resolved the matter and prepared an agreement for the court’s approval. At approximately 11:40 a.m., I observed that all the courts were locked, including the case-flow office. No business would subsequently transpire as all the personnel were being given the opportunity to watch the Inauguration in the courthouse lunchroom. Members of the bar were not invited to attend, nor was there any provision for a simultaneous viewing in a public area by non-court personnel.

At approximately 12:45 p.m., after cooling our heels for over an hour, the agreement we had been working on was put on record. I believe that what transpired was both thoughtless and insensitive. I am greatly disappointed that I was not privileged to witness one of the most historic events in our country’s history because I did my job while others took a holiday.

Attorney H. Dyke N. Spear Jr.

Hartford