The CBA wishes to further encourage and increase the active involvement of young lawyers, lawyers who no longer qualify for membership in the Young Lawyers Section, and diverse lawyers in the leadership and activities of CBA sections. The goal of the CBA Presidential Fellows Program is to provide such lawyers with an opportunity to become more involved in the substantive work of CBA sections, further develop their leadership abilities, and promote the section to other members of the YLS and the bar.

Presidential Fellows will:

  • Serve on the executive committee of their selected section as ex-officio members
  • Be assigned to work with a senior executive committee member who will serve as a coach and help expose the Fellow to all aspects of committee membership
  • Attend section meetings
  • Become involved in a section project
  • Present at a section meeting
  • Serve as a section ambassador to the Young Lawyers Section (along with the Young Lawyers Section Chair) to promote membership and participation of other young, transitioning, and diverse lawyers
  • Receive a waiver of all fees for section membership and attendance at section meetings

Fellowship appointments are prestigious and we expect a competitive application process for interested members. Each appointment will be for a period of two (2) years. However, if a Fellow fails to attend meetings and actively participate in the section activities, their appointment may not be renewed for a second year.  

2019-2021 Presidential Fellows


Sara J. Dickson
United Health Group

Claire Howard
Madsen Prestley & Parenteau LLC
Choity Khan

Choity R. Khan
kyle labuff

Kyle LaBuff
Connecticut Division of Criminal Justice

Madiha M. Malik
Murtha Cullina LLP
Gabriella Martin

Gabriella I. Martin
CT House Democrats Campaign Committee
Patricia Nachilima

Patricia N. Mwilwa
State of Connecticut Judicial Branch
jequana orr

Je'Quana S. Orr

Jennifer L. Shukla
Day Pitney LLP
Justyn Stokely

Justyn P. Stokely
Gordon & Rees LLP
Amanda Telesco

Amanda C. Telesco
Law Offices of Mark Sherman LLC

Thomas H. Wilkeson
Verrill Dana LLP

2020-2022 Presidential Fellows

Jeffrey Bausch

Jeffrey D. Bausch
Updike Kelly & Spellacy PC
Jenna Cutler

Jenna T. Cutler
Cohen and Wolf PC
Samim Jabarkhail

Samim Jabarkhail
Nuzzo & Roberts LLC
Paige Vaillancourt

Paige M. Vaillancourt
Rescia Law PC