The Connecticut Probate Assembly has recognized Middletown attorney David J. Reich with its 2016 Pro Bono Award for his work representing indigent clients in the Probate Courts, particularly those with mental illness.
Noting that the number of cases involving individuals with mental illness has increased by 48 percent in the last five years, Probate Court Administrator Paul J. Knierim said, “Conservatorship and commitment cases are among the more challenging matters we handle in the Probate Courts. This award recognizes the critical work that Attorney Reich does to ensure due process for some of the most vulnerable individuals in our state and help them work toward achieving productive and fulfilling lives.”
Reich has been in solo practice since 1994, focusing on probate law. He handles applications for conservatorship and applications involving involuntary medication at Connecticut Valley Hospital and Middlesex Hospital and defends clients in commitment hearings. He formerly represented parents and children in juvenile court proceedings involving neglect and termination of parental rights. At the appellate level, he represents parents in appeals of termination of their parental rights and appeals in criminal convictions.
– Press Release