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 Patricia Kaplan

Patricia Kaplan joined New Haven Legal Assistance Association, Inc. (LAA) in 1978 as a staff attorney, working in family and child law. She was Executive Director from 1991 to 2012. Her current work is as an educational advocate for the Department of Education providing special education advocacy for children in DCF custody. She also provides pro bono family law legal advice through a network of health and human service agency providers.



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 Moy Ogilvie

McCarter & English

Moy Ogilvie is a partner at the law firm of McCarter & English where she handles civil litigation matters.  She serves on the Federal Grievance Committee for the District of Connecticut and Connecticut Criminal Justice Commission.  She is a member of several non-profit boards including Children's Law Center, Inc. and Hartford Youth Scholars Foundation and is a former President of Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity.



Hon. William H. Bright, Jr.

Connecticut Appellate Court

Bill Bright is a Connecticut Superior Court Judge currently assigned to the Complex Litigation Docket in Hartford. In addition to his work on the Bar Foundation, Judge Bright chairs the Judicial Branch's Po Bono Committee and serves on the Access to Justice Commission. He is also a member of the Superior Court's Rules Committee and a member of the Oliver Ellsworth Inn of Courts.


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 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 Joseph A. Santos

Hamilton Sundstrand

Jose (“Joe”) Santos has been Vice President and General Counsel or 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 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 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

Isa Squicciarini is a partner at the law firm of Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey, where she also serves as the Pro Bono Coordinator. 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 currently serves as Chair of the Hartford Hospital Young Leaders Advisory Council. Isa works on a variety of pro bono projects, including volunteering with Lawyers for Children America.


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

Verrill Dana, LLP

Calvin Woo is a partner at Verrill Dana 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 Board of Directors 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

Shipman & Goodwin LLP

Chuck Howard is a Partner in and the General Counsel of Shipman & Goodwin LLP.  He has been active in the Dispute Resolution Section of the American Bar Association and currently is on its Section Council and serves as Co-Chair of the Section’s Ombuds Committee.  In Connecticut, he previously 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.