Ex-Officio Directors




Dean Jennifer Gerarda Brown
Quinnipiac University School of Law

Jennifer Gerarda Brown is Dean and Professor of Law at Quinnipiac University School of Law.  A graduate of Bryn Mawr College and the University of Illinois College of Law, she clerked for the Honorable Harold A. Baker, U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, and practiced law in the litigation department of Winston & Strawn, Chicago, Illinois, prior to joining the academy. She has taught at a wide variety of law schools, including Emory, the University of Chicago, Georgetown, Harvard, and Yale. She teaches and writes about Alternative Dispute Resolution, Civil Procedure, Professional Responsibility, and LGBT Legal Issues.

Dean Timothy S. Fisher
University of Connecticut School of Law

Tim Fisher began his term as the 17th dean of the University of Connecticut School of Law on July 1, 2013 following 35 years in private practice, including most recently at McCarter & English. In addition to his work with the Bar Foundation, he has been a board member of Greater Hartford Legal Aid, and he organizes support systems for exonerees released from prison through the efforts of the Connecticut Innocence Project.

Dean Heather K. Gerken
Yale Law School

Heather Gerken is the Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Dean Gerken is one of the country’s leading experts on constitutional law and election law. A founder of the “nationalist school” of federalism, her work focuses on federalism, diversity, and dissent. Hailed as an "intellectual guru" in the New York Times, Gerken’s scholarship has been featured in the media and many publications. Her work on election reform has affected policy at a national level. Gerken graduated from Princeton University and from the University of Michigan Law School and clerked for Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the 9th Circuit and Justice David Souter of the United States Supreme Court. She then served as an appellate lawyer in Washington, D.C., before joining the Harvard Law School faculty in 2000. Gerken came to Yale in 2006 and became dean of the Law School on July 1, 2017.


Attorney Dwight H. Merriam
Chair, Connecticut Bar Foundation James W. Cooper Fellows
Robinson & Cole LLP

Dwight H. Merriam, FAICP, of the law firm of Robinson+Cole LLP, is a Fellow and Past President of the American Institute of Certified Planners and Past Chair of the ABA Section of State and Local Government Law. He chairs the Connecticut Bar Foundation's James W. Cooper Fellows. He has taught land use law at Vermont Law School and UConn School of Law, and is presently a Distinguished Practitioner of Law at the Quinnipiac School of Law. He has published over 200 articles and 13 books, including serving as co-editor of the leading treatise in the field, Rathkopf’s Zoning and Planning Law and lead author of the casebook, Planning and Control of Land Development. UMass BA (cum laude), UNC MRP, and Yale JD.


Chief Justice, Connecticut Supreme Court