Hartford law firm Murtha Cullina has a tradition of supporting conservation, a role firm partner Michael Donnelly has embraced as a trustee for the Conservancy in Connecticut.
“The whole systems approach was a light bulb moment for Murtha Cullina,” says Michael. “We see ourselves as problem solvers, and that fits with the whole system mindset.”
Last year, the firm sponsored a reception following the announcement of the Connecticut River’s designation as the first National Blueway, a federal program recognizing rivers of importance to conservation, recreation and education.
“Being in that room, I realized the Conservancy was the link from the river’s source to its mouth.
In some ways, the whole system approach isn’t new … it just didn’t have a name before,” he says.
“Murtha Cullina has been involved in our community for 75 years, and the Connecticut River is the lifeblood of this region. It made sense for us to support this,” says Michael Donnelly, Murtha Cullina partner and Nature Conservancy trustee.