Board of Directors



Hon. Barry F. Armata

Connecticut Superior Court

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.



Associate Professor Anika Singh Lemar

Yale Law School

Anika Singh Lemar is a Clinical Associate Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Previously, she was an associate at Wiggin and Dana LLP and a Skadden Fellow at the Urban Justice Center. She serves on the Boards of Directors of New Haven Bank and Dwight Hall at Yale. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the South Asian Bar Association of Connecticut.


Attorney Andrea Barton Reeves

Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Authority

Andrea Barton Reeves is CEO of Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Authority. For many years she was the President and CEO of Harc, Inc. and she is the immediate past president of the Connecticut Bar Foundation. An active member of her community, she serves on the boards of the American School for the Deaf, Leadership Greater Hartford and the YWCA of Greater Hartford.  She has been named one of the Hartford Business Journal's 40 under Forty, and Five New Leaders to Watch (2013). Andrea previously served as Secretary of the Connecticut Bar Association and as co-chair of the Women in the Law Committee.  Andrea spent the early part of her career as a litigator in two large law firms before devoting her practice to representing children almost exclusively in child protection, delinquency, high-conflict custody and probate court matter. She is a graduate of Rutgers University and New York Law School.



Hon. Cesar Noble

Connecticut Superior Court

The Honorable Cesar Noble has been a judge of the Connecticut Superior Court since 2014. He presided over criminal matters until 2015 when he was transferred to the civil docket where he has remained through today’s date. Prior to going on the bench, he was a partner in Noble, Young & O’Connor where he practiced in the field of civil litigation.

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 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 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 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.


Attorney Victoria ("Tory") Chavey

Jackson Lewis P.C.

Victoria ("Tory") Woodin Chavey is a Principal at Jackson Lewis P.C., primarily handling employment litigation for small and large employers.  Before joining Jackson Lewis in 2010, she was a partner at Day Pitney LLP and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Thomas J. Meskill of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Chief Justice Ellen Ash Peters of the Connecticut Supreme Court. Tory currently is a member of the Board of the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence, serves on the Executive Committee at Asylum Hill Congregational Church,  and previously served as Chair of the Board of the Charter Oak Cultural Center.



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 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 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.


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 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.


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 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. 

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 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.



Attorney Charles L. Howard

International Ombudsman Association

In September 2019, Chuck became the first ever Executive Director of the International Ombudsman Association. Previously he was a Partner and the General Counsel of Shipman & Goodwin.  While in private practice, Chuck had represented organizational ombuds clients at major corporations, universities, and other organizations throughout the United States. He had been active in leadership of the Dispute Resolution Section of the American Bar Association and 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.



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 Joette Katz

Shipman & Goodwin, LLP

Joette Katz is a partner in Shipman & Goodwin LLP’s Business Litigation Practice Group. For 18+ years she was an Associate Justice on the Connecticut Supreme Court.  She also served as an Administrative Judge for the State of Connecticut Appellate System and as a Judge for the Connecticut Superior Court. Prior to joining the firm, Joette served as Commissioner of the Connecticut State Department of Children and Families for eight years. Joette also demonstrates her long-standing commitment to supporting at-risk populations as a significant contributor to the firm’s award-winning pro bono efforts, providing legal services on behalf of the underserved and underprivileged members of the community.