Charles Krich, the CHRO’s Principal Attorney, won the Connecticut Law Tribune’s Lifetime Achievement Award last night for his contributions in shaping anti-discrimination law in Connecticut. Krich has worked with the CHRO since 1981. Starting as a Research Specialist, he became the Principal Attorney in 1998. During his time at the Commission, Krich has done more than almost any other individual in shaping state civil rights law. Notably, he has recently argued or filed amicus briefs in several State Supreme Court cases touching on the rights of whistle blowers and victims of discrimination, he argued the case CHRO v. Cheshire Board of Education which extended protections of state law to students who are bullied or subject to discriminatory school discipline, and he has drafted legislation that rebuilt the legal foundations of the Commission.
When not working on the Commission’s most high profile appeals, Charles Krich spends his time leading the CHRO’s Legal Division, shaping the legal positions of the Commission, and, most important, mediating cases. “The law,” Krich has said, “is too blunt to solve so many of these problems.” By mediating cases early on in the CHRO’s process, Krich believes many issues can be solved without the expense, time, and turmoil of going through the hearing process.
Mr. Krich received the award last night at a ceremony in New Haven presented by the Connecticut Law Tribune. Twenty other attorneys also received Lifetime Achievement Awards including noted State Supreme Court litigant Wesley Horton, former U.S. Solicitor General and Yale Law School professor Drew Days III, Judge Jose Cabranes Jr. on the Second Circuit, and internationally renowned tax expert Richard Pomp. The Tribune’s Attorney of the Year Award was also presented last night, going to environmental lawyer Lee Hoffman.