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Virtual Roundtable Discussion: Faith and the Practice of Law

Tuesday, December 14, 2021
6:00 pm8:00 pm

“Faith” [noun] 1: strong belief or trust in someone or something. 2: belief in the existence of God: strong religious feelings or beliefs. (

“Practice” [verb] 1: carry out; apply. 2: to do or perform often, customarily, or habitually. 3: to be professionally engaged in. (

Where is the intersection between the practice of law and that of faith? Is being a member of a faith community ever at odds with the substance or procedure of practicing law? To what extent does a lawyer’s faith influence the nature and character of their practice? Please join us for a Zoom discussion as we explore the answers to these questions and more.

Fr. Michael Johnson, O.F.M.
Parochial Vicar, St. Patrick-St. Anthony Church
Franciscan Friars, Holy Name Province

Attorney Sheila Sinha Charmoy
Charmoy & Charmoy

Attorney/Rev. Don Hamer
Episcopal Church of Connecticut
Former Rector, Trinity Episcopal Church

Attorney Sharon Freilich
Pullman & Comley

Attorney/Imam Refai Arefin
Law Office of Refai Arefin LLC

Attorney Jose “Joe” Santos, M.T.S, J.D.
Consultant, Student of Theology, and
former General Counsel of Pratt & Whitney

Attorney Cody Guarnieri
Brown, Paindiris & Scott, LLP

Attorney Uswah Khan
James W. Cooper Fellow

FELLOWS EVENT: Registration for this event is open to Connecticut Bar Foundation James W. Cooper Fellows. If you are a Fellow and would like to register for this event, please contact For more information on how to become a James W. Cooper Fellow, please visit the link provided below.