Diversity Symposium



The Diversity Symposium

UCONN School of Law

Hartford, CT

Thursday, April 20, 2017

8:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.


This program qualifies for up to 3.75 hours toward the annual MCLE requirement in Connecticut.


The Diversity Symposium was intended to continue the meaningful dialogue that was started at the Connecticut Bar Association’s Inaugural Diversity Summit last year.  The Symposium consisted of a half-day program and included presentations and panel discussions on such topics as implicit bias, diversity metrics and overcoming impediments to achieving meaningful diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. 

We were thrilled to have among our presenters Justice Richard A. Robinson of the Connecticut Supreme Court, and Judge Maria A. Kahn of the Connecticut Superior Court, who spoke on the issue of implicit bias.  Additionally, Dr. Anne Farrell, Director of Research, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, led a discussion on how to manage and shape open and meaningful discussions on diversity and inclusion.  Gabrielle Lyse Brown, Director, Diversity & Inclusion at New York City Bar Association, discussed and shared her experiences in leading the New York City Bar Association’s efforts to enhance diversity in the legal profession.


Other participants included:

Karen DeMeola, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Admissions, UCONN School of Law

Dalié Jiménez, Associate Professor of Law, UCONN School of Law

Brenda J. Page, Vice President and Director of Investment Law, The Hartford Financial Services Group

Asker A. Saeed, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver, and Jacobson LLP

Cecil J. Thomas, CBA Diversity Committee; Greater Hartford Legal Aid

Donald P. Tutson, Jr., Tutson Law Offices


The Symposium was held from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
in the William F. Starr Hall Reading Room at the
University of Connecticut School of Law.

There was no charge for this symposium.


Diversity Symposium Sponsors


Cohen and Wolf PC

McCarter & English LLP

Pullman & Comley LLC


Connecticut Asian Pacific American Bar Association

Halloran & Sage LLP

Letizia, Ambrose & Falls PC

McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP


Day Pitney LLP


George W. Crawford Black Bar Assocation

Shapiro Law Offices, LLC

South Asian Bar Association of Connecticut



Connecticut Hispanic Bar Association

Saxe Doernberger & Vita, P.C.


This program qualifies for up to 3.75 hours toward the annual MCLE requirement in Connecticut.