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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.


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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  • Facilitators Chris Armstrong and Vince Brantley, of Veritas Culture in Washington, DC during their workshop “Diversity and Inclusion: Forging a Path.” CBA Presents Fourth Annual Diversity & Inclusion Summit

    Friday, October 25, 2019

    Members of the Connecticut Bar Association (CBA) Diversity & Inclusion Summit Committee gathered with other leaders in the legal profession for the fourth annual Connecticut Diversity & Inclusion Summit.
  • CBA Hosts Third Annual Diversity & Inclusion Summit: The Collaborative Blueprint

    Friday, November 2, 2018

    On October 24, members of the Connecticut Bar Association (CBA) Diversity & Inclusion Summit Committee gathered with other leaders in the legal profession at Quinnipiac University School of Law for the third annual Connecticut Diversity & Inclusion Summit: The Collaborative Blueprint, to empower attendees with tools to make Connecticut a more diverse and inclusive bar.

Member Spotlights

  • 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.
  • Ryan V. Powell Black History Month Member Spotlight | Ryan V. Powell

    Wednesday, February 9, 2022

    Ryan V. Powell, a staff attorney at Greater Hartford Legal Aid since 2020, represents victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault in immigration matters. Attorney Powell is engaged in community outreach and youth mentoring throughout the greater Hartford area and is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association’s Immigration Law Committee.
  • Shawn M. Yost Native American Heritage Month Member Spotlight | Shawn M. Yost

    Monday, November 22, 2021

    Shawn M. Yost is a solo practitioner who works and lives in Granby. He exclusively practices probate law and is member of the CBA’s Estates and Probate Section. Attorney Yost is a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, Michigan’s largest federally recognized Native American tribe.