Roraback Circle Donors

The Roraback Circle is composed of prominent Connecticut attorneys committed to the preservation and expansion of the Rule of Law. The Connecticut Bar Foundation, in addition to its role in funding legal services for the poor, is committed to providing a forum for attorneys and the general public to understand emerging issues in the administration of justice and how these emerging issues affect their lives, and the preservation of a just society.

The Circle is named in honor and in memory of the late Catherine “Katie” Roraback because Katie’s entire career exemplified what it truly means for an attorney to uphold the Rule of Law and the administration of justice. She graduated Yale Law School in 1941 as the only woman in her graduating class. Throughout her storied career as a solo practitioner in Canaan, Katie participated in numerous landmark and controversial cases, including Griswold v. Connecticut, which established a constitutional right to privacy.

The following are current members of the Roraback Circle:


“The dual mission of the Bar Foundation, promoting the rule of law by funding legal services for the poor and offering programs to inform the profession and the public about our system of justice, aligns closely with my own core values. It is very satisfying to support the activities of the Bar Foundation through membership in the Roraback Circle.”

Peter Arakas


Robert L. Berchem, Senior Partner, Berchem Moses & Devlin PC


“The Connecticut Bar Foundation makes a valuable contribution to the Connecticut legal community that I am proud to support.  I am especially supportive of its work to fund legal services for the poor.”

Michael A. Cantor, Co-Managing Partner, Cantor Colburn LLP   


William H. Clendenen, Jr., Founder and Principal, Clendenen & Shea, LLC


Joel T. Faxon, Managing Partner, Faxon Law Group, LLC





“The Bar Foundation serves a crucial role not just as our state’s primary funder of legal services for the poor, but as a sponsor of programs that explore how the law helps address social problems. It is important that we all pitch in to support the Foundation and provide a firm footing for its great work.”

Tim Fisher, Dean and Professor of Law, University of Connecticut School of Law





Lawrence J. Fox, Partner, Schoeman Updike Kaufman & Gerber, LLP





                          James O. Gaston, Law Offices of James O. Gaston


“I am proud to support the Bar Foundation’s mission to support funding for quality legal services to Connecticut’s underrepresented low-income residents.”

Thomas D. Goldberg, Partner, Day Pitney LLP



“My contribution to the Roraback Circle reflects my deep appreciation for the Connecticut Bar Foundation’s role in preserving and expanding the Rule of Law. I am pleased and proud to help recognize and support the work performed by Catherine Roraback and countless others at the CBF who continue to advance the cause of justice for everyone.”

Hon. Matthew Gordon, Superior Court




Hon. Janet C. Hall, United States District Court, District of Connecticut






“I am proud to have served as the President of the Connecticut Bar Foundation, to have helped create in 1984 the Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts (IOLTA) Program, and to continue to support the Foundation. The Foundation has always worked to further and promote the understanding of the law by all peoples in Connecticut and to improve the law. The continuation of this work is vitally important.”

Charles C. Kingsley, Partner, Wiggin and Dana LLP


“I believe that, as lawyers, we have a special responsibility to protect both access to justice and the quality of justice. The Connecticut Bar Foundation and the Roraback Circle’s mission to support funding of quality legal services to persons of no or little means is critical to access to justice for all. By my contribution to the Roraback Circle, I am proud to make access to justice a reality for those persons most in need in our state.“

Hon. Kimberly A. Knox, Superior Court

"My contribution to the Roraback Circle is the very least I can do to assist the Bar Foundation in fulfilling its mission. It is also my way of honoring the late Katie Roraback, whose life and career have served as a true inspiration to all who knew her."

Bob Langer
, Partner, Wiggin and Dana LLP



                                 Mary Alice Moore Leonhardt, Moore Leonhardt & Associates LLC 



"The Bar Foundation plays a critical role in funding the necessary legal services for the underserved and the underrepresented in this state.  I am proud and privileged to do my part in supporting the Foundation."

Don Liu, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Xerox Corporation

“The Roraback Circle allows me, in a tangible way, to support the Connecticut Bar Foundation’s promotion of the rule of law through its programming and in its funding of our state’s legal services organizations, which make “access to justice” a reality for thousands of Connecticut’s most vulnerable and needy residents. “

Hon. Ingrid Moll, Superior Court


Joseph A. Santos, Corporate Vice President & Managing Counsel, United Technologies Corporation

“The Bar Foundation has long been the backbone of the legal profession’s commitment to ensuring that all Connecticut residents have equal access to justice, regardless of their income level.  I share the Foundation’s commitment and I have contributed to the Roraback Circle to help make that commitment a reality.”

Tim Shearin, Chairman, Pullman & Comley LLC

“With the privilege of practicing law comes the obligation to work toward the goal of ensuring equal access to justice for all.  Supporting the Bar Foundation as the primary funder of legal services for the poor and as a leading sponsor of programs that advance the cause of justice for all is a small step toward fulfilling that obligation. “

Jim Sicilian, Partner, Day Pitney LLP




Frank J. Silvestri, Jr., Partner, Verrill Dana LLP       







“My support of the Connecticut Bar Foundation and my contribution to the Roraback Circle underscores the Foundation’s continuing commitment to ensuring that our state’s legal services organizations have the resources they need to serve our poor, needy and underserved residents. ‘… And justice for all’ – the last four words of our Pledge of Allegiance -- should not be a hollow pledge.”

Ernie Teitell, Partner, Silver Golub & Teitell LLP





"It is my pleasure to support the Connecticut Bar Foundation and the Roraback Circle in their admirable efforts to provide quality legal representation to the most disadvantaged individuals in our community in need of legal services."

Michael J. Walsh, Founder & Principal, Walsh Woodard LLC