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Freedom Fighters

When Karen Goodrow and Brian Carlow team up, justice happens

On July 11, 2006, James Calvin Tillman was exonerated of a 1989 rape and kidnapping conviction. He walked out of the Superior Court in Hartford, a free man after serving 18 years of a 45-year prison sentence for a crime he did not commit.   While justice was served late, it might not have been served at all if Brian Carlow had not missed a meeting called by Connecticut’s then-Chief Defender Gerard Smythe a couple of years earlier. Smythe wanted to start a Connecticut Innocence Project, which …

The Townie

Bill Kayatta gets a rush from doing national litigation in his hometown

When Bill Kayatta left Portland in 1972 for college and Harvard Law School, he never thought he’d come back. But a 1979 judicial clerkship under Judge Frank Coffin brought Kayatta home. So close to home, actually, that he now works from an office overlooking his old high school. “I saw a lot of cases in the 1st Circuit and got a sense that you could actually get more interesting, hands-on experience in Maine than in a big-city firm,” says Kayatta, who had done summer internships in Boston …

The Big Fish of Family Law

Samuel Schoonmaker literally wrote the law on divorce in Connecticut.His clients, such as Jack Welch, are sure glad he did

A large angelfish stares at people passing through the Schoonmaker George & Colin waiting room. Perched between pieces of nondescript furniture, the 200-gallon fish tank is easily the most elaborate object in an unpretentious office suite that has hosted such clients as corporate raider Carl Icahn, domestic doyenne Martha Stewart and retired General Electric CEO Jack Welch.   The son of a department store owner, Samuel Schoonmaker III didn’t intend to practice law any more than …

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