The Diversity & 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.

Past Diversity and Inclusion Summits

  • Oct 21
    Diversity & Inclusion Summit (CDC201021)
    Zoom Video Conference
    9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (Eastern Daylight Time)
    Access Recording

    This summit focused on issues regarding retention of diverse attorneys in organizations. Specifically, the summit featured presentations emphasizing the business case for diversity and the need for organizational changes to promote an inclusive environment, as well as strategies to build and foster meaningful mentor-mentee relationships. The summit also provided the statistics of the CBA Pledge and Plan signatory organizations.

  • Oct 23
    Connecticut's Diversity & Inclusion Summit: The Collaborative Blueprint* (CDC191023)
    Quinnipiac University School of Law
    370 Bassett Road
    North Haven, Connecticut
    United States
    8:30 AM to 4:30 PM (Eastern Daylight Time)
    Access Recording

    This summit provided a snapshot of the data collected from the CBA Pledge and Plan Signatories, with a specific focus on the Year Three focus of the Pledge and Plan: Hiring and Pipeline Initiatives. The summit featured consultants from Veritas Culture, who spoke with attendees about the systematic and internal dynamics that negatively impact the ability to recruit, retain, and promote diverse talent. The summit also featured conversations regarding the role of law firms in mentoring diverse attorneys and narratives from diverse legal professionals regarding their experiences of being an underrepresented minority in the legal profession.

  • Oct 24
    Connecticut's Diversity & Inclusion Summit: The Collaborative Blueprint* (CDC181024)
    Quinnipiac University School of Law
    370 Bassett Road
    North Haven, Connecticut
    United States
    10:30 AM to 6:30 PM (Eastern Daylight Time)
    Access Recording

    This summit provided a snapshot of the data collected from the CBA Pledge and Plan Signatories, which highlights initial statistics on the diversity within the Connecticut legal profession. The summit also covered the importance of pipeline initiatives as well as tools for creating a more inclusive environment to retain diverse talent.


Diversity and Inclusion Summit Committee Members

Amy Lin Meyerson
President, CBA
The Law Office of Amy Lin Meyerson

Cecil J. Thomas
President-elect and Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee Co-Chair, CBA
Greater Hartford Legal Aid Inc.

Neeta M. Vatti
Diversity. Equity, & Inclusion Committee Co-Chair, CBA
Quinnipiac University School of Law

Kean A. Zimmerman
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee Co-Chair, CBA
Tokio Marine HCC - D&O Group

Ndidi N. Moses
Immediate Past President, CBA
US Attorney's Office

Karen DeMeola
Past President, CBA
UConn School of Law

Michelle Duprey
City of New Haven, Disability Services

Ronald J. Houde, Jr.
Ouellette, Deganis, Gallagher & Grippe LLC

Christine Jean-Louis
Office of the Attorney General

Alix Simonetti
Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities

Keith J. Soressi
Executive Director, CBA

Amani R. Edwards
Director of Diversity and Human Resources, CBA