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

In 2016, the Connecticut Bar Association began an initiative to bring together legal leaders in the state to enhance diversity and inclusion in the Connecticut legal community. As part of facilitating this effort, the Connecticut Bar Association is soliciting signatories for a collective pledge reflecting the commitment of Connecticut legal organizations to create more diverse and inclusive environments and for a collaborative plan to achieve this goal. The pledge and plan are available at and was presented at the Inaugural Diversity & Inclusion Summit, which was held on October 26, 2016 at Quinnipiac University School of Law.

As of September 23, 2019, the following organizations have signed onto the Connecticut Legal Community's Diversity & Inclusion Pledge and Plan:

  • Aetna
  • Boehringer Ingelheim USA Corporation
  • Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP
  • City of New Haven Office of the Corporation Counsel
  • Cohen and Wolf PC
  • Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Connecticut Bar Foundation
  • Connecticut Division of Criminal Justice
  • Connecticut Legal Rights Project Inc.
  • Connecticut Legal Services Inc.
  • Day Pitney LLP
  • Eversource Energy
  • Finn Dixon & Herling LLP
  • Greater Hartford Legal Aid
  • Halloran Sage
  • Kalon Law Firm LLC
  • Letizia Ambrose & Falls PC
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • Maura A. Smith Law Offices LLC
  • MassMutual
  • McCarter & English LLP
  • McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP
  • Milano & Wanat LLC
  • Murtha Cullina LLP
  • New Haven Legal Assistance Association
  • Pullman & Comley LLC
  • Robinson & Cole LLP
  • Ryan Ryan Deluca LLP
  • Saxe Doernberger & Vita PC
  • Shapiro Law Offices LLC
  • Shipman & Goodwin LLP
  • St. Onge Steward Johnson & Reens
  • State Contracting Standards Board
  • Updike Kelly & Spellacy PC
  • Wiggin and Dana LLP
  • Verrill Law
  • Yale-New Haven Health System

If you are interested in your organization becoming a signatory to the pledge and plan, please download a copy and submit a signed copy to

Please contact Cecil Thomas with any questions.

Resources Reserved for Signatories

Signatory Group Chat – This online forum provides for active discussion amongst the signatories about their successes and challenges in implementing the plan. The signatory group chat will offer a variety of perspectives and is an opportunity to learn more about best practices suited for each type of legal organization.

Annual Materials – As detailed in the plan, each year of implementation has certain focus areas that the signatories will focus on.

Helpful Links:

Pledge & Plan
Submit the Pledge & Plan
CBA Membership Registration

CBA Diversity & Inclusion Committee 

2020 Summit Committee Members

Ndidi N. Moses
President, CBA
US Attorney's Office
Amy Lin Meyerson
President-elect, CBA
The Law Office of Amy Lin Meyerson
Cecil J. Thomas
Vice President, CBA
Greater Hartford Legal Aid Inc.
Karen DeMeola
Past President, CBA
UConn School of Law
Michelle Duprey
City of New Haven,
Disability Services
Ronald J. Houde, Jr.
The Kalon Law Firm LLC
Christine Jean-Louis
Office of the Attorney General
Alix Simonetti
Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities
Neeta M. Vatti
Quinnipiac University School of Law
Kean A. Zimmerman
Tokio Marine HCC

Keith J. Soressi
Executive Director, CBA
Amani Edwards
Director of Diversity and Human Resources, CBA