Board of Directors



Attorney Peter Arakas

Peter Arakas is the former General Counsel of LEGO Systems, Inc. Before earning his legal degree, Peter practiced as a social worker, with a focus on children in need. He currently combines his social work and legal backgrounds in a variety of pro bono activities.




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.



Assistant United States Attorney Vanessa Roberts Avery

United States Attorney's Office

Vanessa Avery is an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Civil Division of the United States Attorney's Office, District of Connecticut, handling a broad variety of cases, including affirmative civil fraud (False Claims Act), civil rights, environmental enforcement, and medical malpractice defense. She currently serves on the Local Civil Rules Advisory Committee for the U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut. From 2007 to 2009, Vanessa served as President of the George W. Crawford Black Bar Association.




Stephen L. Lewis

Thomaston Savings Bank

Stephen Lewis is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Thomaston Savings Bank. He also serves as the Vice Chairman of the Connecticut Bankers Association. And he is actively involved in the community on the Thomaston Rotary Club Board, Central Connecticut Chamber Board, Waterbury United Ways Campaign Leadership Council, and as a Bristol Hospital Corporator. He is married and has two children.



Attorney Livia D. Barndollar

DeFilippis Barndollar Law, LLC

Livia DeFilippis Barndollar is a divorce lawyer practicing primarily in Fairfield County, CT. As well as serving as a director of the Bar Foundation, Livia is a board member of Connecticut Legal Services, a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and has served in all officer positions of the Connecticut Bar Association, Family Law Section and as President of the Connecticut Bar Association.




Hon. Ingrid L. Moll

Connecticut Superior Court

The Honorable Ingrid Moll is a judge of the Connecticut Superior Court, having been appointed to the bench in April 2014.  In addition to serving on the board of the Connecticut Bar Foundation, Ingrid is currently the President of the University of Connecticut Law School Alumni Association, Inc., is the immediate Past President of the Oliver Ellsworth Inn of Court, and actively participates in a variety of other charitable and civic activities.



Hon. William H. Bright, Jr.

Connecticut Superior 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 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.



Attorney Charlsa D. Broadus



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 Sicilian

Day Pitney, LLP

Jim Sicilian is a partner at the law firm of Day Pitney LLP. Jim is a former Chair of the Board of the United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut and has been a member of several of not-for-profit boards, including those of Community Partners In Action and the Connecticut Business and Industry Association.



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 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 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 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.



Krista Hess

State of Connecticut Judicial Branch

Krista Hess is a Program Manager in the Superior Court Operations Central Office and is responsible for managing the Judicial Branch's Court Service Center Program. In addition, Krista manages and administers the Branch's Volunteer Attorney Programs and is a member of Judicial's Access to Justice Commission. She serves as co-chair of the Workgroup on Libraries & Access to Justice and the Workgroup on Video Conferencing & Access to Justice. Krista is also the Central Office Manager for the civil caseflow coordinators.