A partner at a Milford law firm has been named chair of one of the Connecticut Bar Association’s special sections.

The Milford-based law firm of Hurwitz, Sagarin, Slossberg & Knuff announced that Atty. Amy Souchuns, has been named chair of the Bar Association’s Planning and Zoning section.

Souchuns is a member of the section’s executive committee and had previously served as its secretary. She also is a member of the environmental law section.

“We are very proud of Amy for taking on a leadership role with the Bar Association,” said David Slossberg of Hurwitz, Sagarin, Slossberg and Knuff. “We stress the importance of involvement in organizations that have the potential to positively impact our immediate community, state and profession.”

Souchuns represents developers, property owners and prospective purchasers in land use and real estate matters. She has regularly appeared before commissions and agencies throughout the state on a wide range of applications, including zone changes, subdivisions, site plans, special permits, variances, inland wetland and coastal area permits.

She has extensive experience with affordable housing issues statewide, having worked with private developers, non-profit agencies and municipalities on a variety of zoning matters.

She also is a member of the Home Builders Association of Connecticut and its Connecticut Developers Council as well as the International Council of Shopping Centers. She has authored articles and lectured to other lawyers and developers on national and local land use issues.

Souchuns graduated cum laude from Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, where she was a member of Catholic University Law Review, and earned her bachelor's degree from the College of the Holy Cross.

The Planning and Zoning section of the Bar Association aims to bring together land use practitioners to discuss current planning and zoning issues; educate its membership and related professionals on pertinent legal decisions and legislation; monitor and propose land use legislation as appropriate; and foster good will and credibility between the Bar and general community, according to its website.

“I look forward to chairing the section, as my planning and zoning colleagues in Connecticut are a knowledgeable and collegial group who represent a broad cross-section of interested parties,” Souchuns said.