Board of Directors



Hon. Barry F. Armata

The Honorable Barry F. Armata is a judge of the Connecticut Superior Court, having been appointed to the bench in May, 2017.  Prior to his appointment to the Bench, Judge Armata was a Partner in the firm of Brown Paindiris & Scott, LLP. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1981 from Boston College and his Juris Doctor from Syracuse University College of Law in 1983. In addition to serving on the board of the Connecticut Bar Foundation, Judge Armata actively engages in a variety of other charitable and civic activities, including chairing the James W. Cooper Fellows Roundtable Program.



Attorney Moy Ogilvie

McCarter & English

Moy Ogilvie is a partner at the law firm of McCarter & English where she handles civil litigation matters. She is currently the Managing Partner of the firm’s Hartford Office. She serves on Connecticut Criminal Justice Commission and the Connecticut Judicial Branch’s Access to Justice Commission. She is a member of several non-profit boards including Hartford Youth Scholars Foundation and Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity.   

Attorney Vanessa Avery

Connecticut Office of the Attorney General 

Vanessa Avery was appointed as the Associate Attorney General for Enforcement, Litigation and Investigations at the Connecticut Attorney General's Office by Attorney General William Tong in 2019.  In this role, she manages all aspects of affirmative enforcement by the office, including multi-district litigation and investigations involving the opioid epidemic, the Affordable Care Act, federal immigration laws, and environmental regulation, as well as cases pending locally in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies.  Prior to joining the Connecticut Attorney General’s Office, Vanessa was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Civil Division of the United States Attorney's Office, District of Connecticut.  She serves on the Local Civil Rules Advisory Committee for the U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut.  She is a past President of the George W. Crawford Black Bar Association and she currently serves on its Advisory Board. 



Attorney Franklin Perry II

State of Connecticut - House Democratic Office

Franklin Perry II is the Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs for the Connecticut House Democratic Majority Leader.  His core function is to translate the Majority Leader's priorities into clear, actionable legislative proposals. In collaboration with the Majority Leader, state legislators, and staff, Franklin develops and delivers comprehensive legislation based on their priorities and agenda.  At the direction of the Majority Leader, Franklin also assists in the negotiation of budgets on behalf of the House Democratic caucus. Franklin additionally serves on the UConn Law School Foundation Board and is a CBF James W. Cooper Fellow.



Hon. William H. Bright, Jr.

Connecticut Appellate Court

Bill Bright is a Connecticut Appellate Court judge.  Prior to this appointment to the Appellate Court in 2017, Judge Bright was a judge of the Superior Court since 2008. Judge Bright has been a member of a number of Judicial Branch committees, including the Access to Justice Commission and the Pro Bono Committee, which he chaired. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Bright had a distinguished career as a trial lawyer. 


Attorney Joseph A. Santos

Jose (“Joe”) Santos was Vice President and General Counsel of Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, a division of United Technologies Corporation since early 2012. Prior to that Joe was Vice president and general Counsel at legacy Hamilton Sundstrand, and prior to that he held various positions at Pratt & Whitney and Otis Elevator Company. Joe is a pro bono volunteer with the Pro Bono Partnership, and immediate past president of the Connecticut Chapter of ACC.



Attorney Maggie Castinado

Division of Public Defender Services

Maggie Castinado is a Senior Assistant Public Defender practicing criminal defense in the Superior Court of New Haven. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of the Bar Foundation, Maggie is currently the President-Elect of the Connecticut Hispanic Bar Association, a member of the Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and has served on the Connecticut Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Executive Board as the CHBA liaison officer.



Attorney Namita Tripathi Shah

Day Pitney LLP

Namita Tripathi Shah is a partner at the law firm of Day Pitney LLP where she is the chair of the firm’s Private Equity and Finance business unit and a member of the firm’s Municipal Finance and Institutional Finance and Commercial Lending practice groups. She practices in the area of public and private finance. She is currently serving as the President of the South Asian Bar Association of Connecticut and serves on the advisory board of the Pro Bono Partnership.

Attorney Lawrence J. Fox

Yale Law School

Lawrence J. Fox is a partner and former managing partner at the firm of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, where he specializes in securities and general commercial litigation and the counseling of law firms. He is currently the George W. and Sadella D. Crawford Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. Mr. Fox is also the supervising lawyer at the recently established Ethics Bureau at Yale. He is an active leader in the American Bar Association having served as Chair of the Section of Litigation, the Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility and the Death Penalty Representation Project. He is currently a Delegate in the ABA House of Delegates from the Litigation Section.



Attorney James T. Shearin

Pullman & Comley LLC

James T. (Tim) Shearin is chairman of Pullman & Comley and former chair of the firm's Litigation Department. In addition to his responsibilities on behalf of the Connecticut Bar Foundation, Tim serves on the Connecticut Bar Association’s ad hoc committee for the funding of legal services programs and served for many years on the board of Connecticut Legal Services, including a term as chairman.


Hon. Janet C. Hall

United States District Court, District of Connecticut

Janet C. Hall was sworn in as a United States District Judge for the District of Connecticut on October 14, 1997. Prior to her appointment in 1997, Judge Hall was a partner at Robinson & Cole in its Hartford office. From 1975 through 1980, she served in the United States Department of Justice Antitrust Division. After graduation from law school, she was associated with the firm of Hale & Dorr in Boston from 1973 to 1975. From 2007 until 2011, Judge Hall served as Chair of the Federal State Jurisdiction Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States.




Attorney Isabella Squicciarini

Allied World Insurance Company

Isa Squicciarini is a Senior Claims Analyst at Allied World Insurance Company, where she serves on the Charitable Giving Committee. Previously, Isa was a partner at the law firm of Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey, where she also served as the Pro Bono Coordinator. While at Carmody, Isa helped establish the TRO Project representing low income people facing domestic violence, and worked on a variety of pro bono projects, including volunteering with Lawyers for Children America. Isa is a former President of the Waterbury Bar Association, has been a member of several not-for-profit boards, including Connecticut Legal Services, and recently served as Chair of the Hartford Hospital Young Leaders Advisory Council. 


Attorney Edward J. Heath

Robinson & Cole, LLP

Edward Heath is the chair of Robinson & Cole LLP’s Business Litigation Group and leads its Government Investigations and Corporate Compliance Team.  Mr. Heath is an experienced trial lawyer who has represented businesses throughout the country in complex corporate litigation and government investigations for the last seventeen years.


Attorney Calvin K. Woo


Calvin Woo is a partner at Verrill who handles commercial and employment litigation, and white collar criminal defense matters.  Calvin serves on the firm’s Diversity Committee, and also serves on the Advisory Board of the Connecticut Asian Pacific American Bar Association, where he was a past president, and is a member of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s Partners and Government Enforcement and Compliance Committees.


Krista Hess

State of Connecticut Judicial Branch

Krista Hess is the Director of Superior Court Operations.  She is a member of the Judicial Branch's Access to Justice Commission and serves as co-chair of the Workgroup on Libraries & Access to Justice and the Workgroup on Video Conferencing & Access to Justice. 




Attorney Denise V. Zamore

United Health Care

Denise Zamore is Associate General Counsel at United Healthcare where she counsels the business and manages litigation. In addition to her work with CBF, Denise is on the Board of the Connecticut Women’s Council and the Connecticut Fair Housing Center.


Attorney Charles L. Howard

Executive Director of the International Ombudsman Association

Chuck was a Partner and the General Counsel of Shipman & Goodwin prior to going “Of Counsel” in January 2019.  While in private practice,  Chuck had for many years represented organizational ombuds clients at major corporations, universities, and other organizations  throughout  the United States, but in September 2019 he left Shipman & Goodwin to became the first ever Executive Director of the International Ombudsman Association. Previously,  he had been active in the leadership of the Dispute Resolution Section of the American Bar Association and had chaired its Ombuds Committee.  In Connecticut, he has served on several state commissions and not-for-profit board of directors.  He currently is a member of the Connecticut Client Security Fund Committee.