Law Offices of Paul Levin - November 2018


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Meet Our Sources of Gratitude: Micah and Kyle

When we look at the things we’re grateful for at our firm, we start with the wonderful people we have the pleasure of working with. A couple of months ago, we got to introduce Larry in the newsletter and explain how excited we are to have his contributions to the firm. Last month, Sonya highlighted her passion for serving others while wearing many hats within the firm. This month, we want to show our appreciation for everyone at the firm, and there’s no better way to do that than by showcasing the hard work and dedication of our interns.

The future for Micah is bright, and as he explains it, “I want to go to law school and potentially pursue something in conservation or the environment. Jack, who’s a prominent feature in the newsletter, has also inspired me. Kelly plugged me into Healers with Halos as a volunteer, and I can see a future for me with animals, as well.” Whatever he chooses, we can’t wait to witness his success.

But Micah isn’t our only star intern. Kyle Lalla is a junior at the UConn School of Business, and he’s been phenomenal in helping our firm, as well. Kyle is a quick learner, and he is very willing to do what it takes. As our new attorney and dear friend Larry is adjusting to life in his new digs at The Law Buildings, Kyle has been there every step of the way, so we don’t miss a beat. “I started off working on some

Micah Hardy came to us from the pre-law program at the University of Connecticut (UConn), and from the first minute, he’s done nothing but impress not just us attorneys but everyone at the offices. What began as merely an experiential internship has led to Micah taking on a very involved role at the firm. But don’t take our word for it. “I started off just by doing a lot of research, but that has

simple tasks for Paul and Kelly, but now I’m working hand in hand with clients — even going to hearings. I go wherever I can help and find the work very rewarding. My favorite part of the job is seeing the success of our clients. When we start a case, see it through, and our clients get the justice they deserve, there’s no feeling quite like it.” Maybe Kyle should get a raise, too! When we asked Kyle about his future, he displayed some exciting initiative. “I’d like to get my MBA, but there is a world of possibility ahead of me. The experience I get here on a daily basis is unparalleled, and I can’t help but think it will set me up on a great path.” Micah and Kyle are both amazing, and we couldn’t be more thankful to have them. We’re also fortunate to have the love and support of our families, a community that values us, and of course Jack around to provide company and comfort. Above all, we’re thankful for our clients. You make our lives easy to be grateful for, and no words can encapsulate our appreciation for that. –Paul Levin and Kelly Kasheta

evolved into so much more,” Micah explains. He operates in many different areas, but lately, Micah has taken on more of a leadership role within our intern structure. That’s not all, though. “A lot of what I do now is technology-based and handling those needs of the firm. Website maintenance, social media, IT issues — things like that.” What impresses us most about Micah isn’t just his competency but his ability to solve problems. “If I don’t know the answer, then Paul and Kelly give me the latitude to find solutions on my own.” It’s that kind of independence that’s propelled Micah to become irreplaceable to our team. “MY FAVORITE PART OF THE JOB IS SEEING THE SUCCESS OF OUR CLIENTS. WHEN WE START A CASE, SEE IT THROUGH, AND OUR CLIENTS GET THE JUSTICE THEY DESERVE, THERE’S NO FEELING QUITE LIKE IT.” As an intern, we know that Micah’s time with us is limited, but that doesn’t mean his effect here is limited, too. The team loves him, and he reciprocates that notion: “I love the staff here. Showing up every day to work with them is by far the highlight for me. The drive everyone shows for their work is inspiring. The biggest thing for me, though, is the care Paul and Kelly put into their cases. They care about the outcome for their clients.” We should probably give him a raise.

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The Most Underrated Thanksgiving Foods


BUT STAY SAFE WHILE RIDING When you think of Thanksgiving food, the first dishes that pop into your mind are probably turkey, mashed potatoes, and green bean casserole. They’re a part of nearly every Thanksgiving meal. And while these delicious foods are something you don’t want to skip, there are dishes your table is sorely missing — dishes that don’t get the respect they truly deserve. This Thanksgiving, why not take a look at a few other options? Soup This is one dish that rarely hits the Thanksgiving table. But try a butternut squash or broccoli cheddar soup and you’ll be surprised just how “at home” it feels among the rest of your spread. It’s perfect to serve ahead of the main course, as the final touches are put on the turkey, or when the green bean casserole needs a few more minutes in the oven. Brussels sprouts These tiny greens often get overlooked during Thanksgiving, but with the right accompaniment, they can make for an extremely tasty and nutritious dish. For example, try roasting halved Brussels sprouts with dried cranberries and bacon, drizzled with a raspberry balsamic vinaigrette. There’s something about seeing a motorcycle on the silver screen that gets the blood pumping. The second you see the rider throw back on the throttle, you know the movie is about to take a wild turn. Maybe it’s the two wheels or perhaps it’s the open cockpit. Regardless, there’s an undeniable appeal to seeing our favorite stars mount a bike and take off. With that in mind, here are three of the most iconic motorcycles in all of cinema. ‘Easy Rider’ When you hear the name “Captain America,” you probably think of the leader of the Avengers. But those of us who are a little older think of one of the most iconic motorcycles of all time. The stars and stripes of Peter Fonda’s custom Harley-Davidson Hydra Glide are hard to forget. If the long fork and American flag gas tank aren’t enough, the matching red, white, and blue helmet is sure to put you in a patriotic mood. ‘Tron Legacy’ If you’ve never seen Sam Flynn zip by at 103 mph, then you haven’t fallen in love with a Ducati Sport 1000 just yet. Just like Peter Fonda in “Easy Rider,” the bike from “Tron Legacy” has inspired countless youth to take to the streets on two wheels. With its athletic frame and Italian lines, it’s not hard to understand why this bike has cultivated a following. While

Sausage Put a creative spin on your traditional Thanksgiving dishes and try using sausage in the stuffing. An Italian sausage, for instance, adds a kick of flavor to any stuffing, homemade or from the box. You can also experiment with other kinds of sausage to find the flavors that best complement your stuffing. Use a sweet sausage when you need something to pair with a stuffing that incorporates apples. Cranberry sauce This Thanksgiving staple rarely gets the attention it deserves. While it’s easy to buy a can of cranberry sauce, you do your guests a culinary disservice by going this route. Instead, make your own cranberry sauce. There are many recipes online, and all you need are some fresh or frozen cranberries, orange juice, and sugar to make the best cranberry sauce of your life.

Fall in Love With Motorcycles From the Movies

you may picture light cycles and classic arcade games when you think of “Tron,” take one look at this beauty and you’ll understand why this real-world motorcycle stole the show.

‘The Great Escape’ Perhaps one of the most memorable scenes in cinematic history involves a 1961 Triumph TR6 Trophy Bird. Steve McQueen is famous for doing his own stunts, but when you see the German troops surround him on all sides in “The Great Escape” and witness his getaway motorcycle jump, it’s hard not to be impressed. It’s a famous scene, but what most don’t realize is it wasn’t McQueen who made the jump in real life. Due to insurance issues, stuntman Bud Ekins hit the grassy berm and went flying over the barbed wire fence. While motorcycles are a beautiful expression of freedom, they are also dangerous. Many drivers fail to see smaller vehicles on the road, and with distracted driving on the rise, this situation has the potential to worsen. If you’ve been in a motorcycle accident, reach out to us today.

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Think Your Family Is Stressful Around the Holidays? CHECK OUT THESE 3 CRAZY THANKSGIVING STORIES

David When my mom hosted my grandparents for Thanksgiving the first time, it was a big deal. A very big deal. We went through manners training and did an exercise where we practiced going around the table explaining what we were thankful for, only my mom prepared answers for us on note cards to memorize. When the big day finally came, we went around the table with perfect execution until it was my turn. “I’m thankful for Sailor Moon and my Nintendo 64,” I said. My mom is still upset to this day. Reagan One year, my mom prepared a 28-pound turkey. She spent days making sure everything was ready, and when Thanksgiving came, it started off great. The stuffing was mixed to perfection, the sweet potatoes were spiced just right, the cranberries had a perfect consistency, and when she took the behemoth bird out of the oven, it was a sight to behold: flawless golden-brown skin, like something you’d see out of a movie. She set the turkey down to cool and went to tell my father that it was ready to carve. I heard rattling in the kitchen while I was in the living room, so I went to investigate. My cat had its head inside the turkey. Safe to say, there were no leftovers that year. Jeremy After years of hosting Thanksgiving, my parents decided to pass the baton to my sister. Because my sister tends to be a bit gullible, my mother decided to play a prank on her. My mom convinced my sister

to go to the store and get something she didn’t need. When she left, my mom took the turkey out of the oven, removed the stuffing, placed a Cornish game hen in the turkey, and replaced the birds back in the oven. When it was time for dinner, my sister pulled out the turkey and started for the stuffing. As she pulled out the little bird, my mom yelled, “You cooked a pregnant bird!” My sister cried for an hour, despite our efforts to explain that turkeys lay eggs.




Chickpea Fritters


Jack and Kelly are a certified therapy dog and handler team with Healers With Halos Therapy Dogs. Jack is a 6-year-old rescue collie adopted from Collie Rescue of the Carolinas. He is certified by the Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D.) program and attained his Canine Good Citizen (CGC) title from the American Kennel Club. Jack works many venues, bringing comfort and happiness to the young and old.

• 1 can chickpeas, drained • 1/2 cup organic pumpkin purée • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar • 1 teaspoon garlic granules

• 1/2 teaspoon

cayenne pepper • 1–2 teaspoons flour, for binding (optional) • 1 cup panko bread crumbs, for coating • 1/4–1/2 cup safflower or canola oil, for frying


1. In a large mixing bowl, mash together chickpeas and pumpkin purée until the majority of peas are mixed with purée. 2. Add sunflower seeds, apple cider vinegar, spices, and flour to mixture. Fold until fully integrated. 3. In a large skillet, heat oil on medium-high. 4. Form mixture into golf-ball-sized spheres and roll to coat in panko breadcrumbs. Pat into flat cakes and carefully drop into hot oil. 5. Fry fritters, flipping once, until golden and toasty, about 2 minutes per side. 6. Transfer cooked fritters to a paper towel to dry and cool. Serve 5 minutes after cooking.


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40 Russ Street | Hartford, CT 06106 (860) 560-7226 Inside THIS ISSUE • 2 Gracious People at Our Practice

Thanksgiving Dishes Your Table Is Missing

3 Classic Bikes From the Movies

3 Crazy Thanksgiving Stories

Pumpkin Chickpea Fritters

A Historic Veterans Day


ANewsletter for Clients and Friends FromAttorneys Paul Levin and Kelly Kasheta

This year, Veterans Day takes on particular historic significance: Nov. 11, 2018, marks the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended the First World War. Countries around the world will commemorate the signing of this peace agreement with moments of silence, centennial ceremonies, and historical exhibits. Unlike Memorial Day, Veterans Day is a celebration of life. It’s a day to honor the power of peace and the living veterans across the globe who have served their countries. This November, take a moment to remember the war that helped shape the international community’s dedication to peace and thank the individuals who served to defend it. COMMEMORATING THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE END OF WORLD WAR I A Historic Veterans Day The Great War By 1914, a world war had been years in the making, but the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of the Austro-Hungarian Empire by a Serbian nationalist provided the spark that would eventually burn down much of Europe. A chain reaction of land disputes, pre-emptive attacks, and strategic alliances brought over 30 countries into World War I.

The Great War that ravaged Europe resulted in a devastating loss of life, but from those ashes rose a renewed appreciation for the importance of peace and a global effort to ensure its place in the future. The Restoration of Peace In 1918, Germany surrendered unconditionally, and the armistice ended the fighting at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, though the war did not officially end until the signing of the Treaty of Versailles the following July. An estimated 16 million soldiers and civilians died in just four years, making it one of the deadliest conflicts in modern history. Veterans Day Originally called Armistice Day, Veterans Day was first observed on Nov. 11, 1919, to honor the one-year anniversary of the armistice, and it became a U.S. holiday in 1938. Today, Veterans Day celebrates veterans who served their country honorably. The U.K., France, Australia, and Canada also commemorate their veterans in November. If you know a veteran, thank them for their service this month.

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