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Diversity and Inclusion Policy

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.

Unanimously approved by the CBA House of Delegates on 03/23/15.


Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee

The Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee is charged with implementing the Diversity and Inclusion Policy and 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.

Co-Chairs

Cecil J. Thomas, Greater Hartford Legal Aid, Hartford
Neeta Vatti, Quinnipiac University School of Law, Hamden
Kean Zimmerman, Tokio Marine HCC - D&O Group, Farmington

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The Connecticut Legal Community’s Diversity & Inclusion Pledge & Plan

The Pledge and Plan brings together legal leaders in the state to enhance diversity and inclusion in the Connecticut legal community. Connecticut legal organizations can sign a pledge to create more diverse and inclusive environments and be apart of a collective plan to achieve this goal.

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Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Summit

 The Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Summit: The Collaborative Blueprint is an innovative and collaborative professional development experience designed to empower leaders in the legal profession to act toward making Connecticut a more diverse and inclusive bench and bar. Through collaborative workshops and panel discussions, you will gain knowledge and inspiration to help you lead your organization into a revolutionary transformation that will make a positive effect in the realm of diversity and inclusion in the state of Connecticut.

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CBA Pipeline Initiatives

CBA Pipeline Initiative programs encouraging talented and diverse students to consider a legal career.

LAW Camp

Pathways to Legal Careers

CBA Future of the Legal Profession Scholars Program

The CBA Future of the Legal Profession Scholarship Program (FLPSP) aims to address the lack of representation in the legal field and to increase the pipeline of diverse talent that enters the legal profession in Connecticut. As part of the program, participants will receive a scholarship to take the LSAT preparation course and participate in events and programs to prepare them for their law school journey and engage them with the Connecticut legal community.
 
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Member Spotlights

  • Salihah R. Denman Women’s History Month Member Spotlight | Salihah R. Denman

    Tuesday, March 22, 2022

    Salihah R. Denman is the founding member and managing attorney of the Law Offices of Salihah R. Denman PLLC. Her practice focuses on appellate advocacy in the areas of matrimonial law, general family law, child welfare, juvenile delinquency, and civil litigation.
  • Erin Oneil Baker Women’s History Month Member Spotlight | Erin O’Neil-Baker

    Friday, March 11, 2022

    Attorney Erin O’Neil-Baker is a Connecticut attorney that focuses her practice on immigration law. She has practiced for more than two decades and formed her own firm, O’Neil Baker Law LLC, in 2005. Her practice focuses on pursuing legal permanent status and citizenship for foreign nationals and defending individuals in removal/deportation proceedings in Connecticut and Massachusetts.
  • Garlinck Dumont Black History Month Member Spotlight | Garlinck Dumont

    Thursday, February 17, 2022

    Garlinck Dumont began her law practice, Dumont Law LLC, in August 2014. She primarily practices in the areas of divorce, child custody, and visitation; criminal defense; and probate matters. She is currently an adjunct professor at the UConn School of Law, teaching courses in negotiations and law practice management.