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Connecticut Bar Association Diversity Policy
Unanimously approved by the CBA House of Delegates on 3-23-15

The Connecticut Bar Association is committed to diversity in its membership, officers, staff, House of Delegates, Board of Governors, executive committee, sections and committees, and their respective leaders. Diversity is an inclusive concept encompassing gender, gender identity, race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, and disability.

We are a richer and more effective association because of diversity, as it increases our association’s strengths, capabilities, and adaptability. Through increased diversity, our organization can more effectively address member and societal needs with the varied perspectives, experiences, knowledge, information, and understanding inherent in a diverse relationship.


Diversity & Inclusion Committee

The Diversity & Inclusion Committee is charged with implementing the Diversity and Inclusion Policy of the Connecticut Bar Association (CBA). The Committee will adopt, monitor and promote a diversity and inclusion plan to achieve a genuine, sustainable diverse and inclusive environment within the CBA, throughout its membership and the Connecticut legal community at large.


Atty. Maggie Castinado
Phone: (203)773-6730
Atty. Monte Frank
Phone: (203)749-5564
Atty. Cecil Thomas
Phone: (860)541-5017

 Committee Roster

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Upcoming and Recent Programs

Diversity Town Hall
Presented by the Young Lawyers Section
February 16, 2016

About the Program: Distinguished speakers and representatives from the University of Connecticut, Quinnipiac University, and the local news media will discuss the race-related student unrest that has made national headlines in recent months as well as posed legal and ethical challenges to university administrators in Connecticut and across the country. 

Speakers will share their experiences in addressing and representing student groups, steps taken to promote productive discourse and simultaneously protect universities from liability and negative press, and their opinions on how to reconcile concerns over the potential limiting of free speech with the need to foster a welcoming and safe environment for the student community. The ongoing national debate over how to protect privacy and First Amendment rights on college campuses while embracing diversity involves students, administrators, and the press in equal measure will also be covered with a wide variety of perspectives and insight of on-campus representatives who grapple with and give careful consideration to these issues every day. The panelists will also discuss the role of the press (and students) in reporting on protests and campus developments and the ways in which technology has made it easier than ever to record and disseminate student opinion to a national audience.

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Racial Disparity and Arbitrariness in the Connecticut Death Penalty
Presented by UConn Law School, Co-sponsored by the Connecticut Bar Association
November 20, 2015

About the Program: While Connecticut has abolished the death penalty, debate continues here and throughout the country over racial disparity in the prosecution of capital punishment cases. This program will highlight the key findings and arguments on each side in Connecticut’s proceedings.


Advancing the Legal Profession through Diversity and Inclusiveness
Presented at the Connecticut Legal Conference
June 15, 2015

About the Program: This program, following Cornell Law School Dean Eduardo Peñalver’s keynote address at the CBA Annual Luncheon and Meeting, will address strategies for building diversity and inclusiveness in law firms, and the benefits that result. The perspective of in-house counsel will be covered.

Click here for additional information on this program.

Click here to view the program (complimentary).

Youth Law Academy
Presented by the Young Lawyers Section
May 29, 2015

About the Program: Over 150 students from across the state attended the “Youth Law Academy” at Quinnipiac University School of Law in North Haven. The program is designed to educate students about the law and to encourage them to consider a career in the legal profession.

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