Nearly half of Governor Ned Lamont’s 15 nominations, made Wednesday, February 17, to fill vacancies on the Connecticut Superior Court bench are current CBA members. Immediate Past President Ndidi N. Moses joins CBA members Linda Allard, John A. Cirello, Gladys Idelis Nieves, Edward O’Hanlan, Carletha S. Texidor, and Carla Nascimento Zahner in this honor.
“A fundamental principle of our democracy is that the public is entitled to justice rendered by a qualified, independent, fair, and impartial judiciary,” said CBA President Amy Lin Meyerson. “The Connecticut Bar Association applauds Governor Lamont's efforts to appoint qualified, experienced, and diverse lawyers drawn from every segment of the legal profession to the bench in judicial service. Diverse experiences and perspectives allow judges to make better-informed decisions, increases public confidence in their rulings, and facilitates access to justice.”
Linda Allard is a staff attorney at Greater Hartford Legal Aid and practices in the area of family law, representing domestic violence victims. She is a member of the CBA’s Family Law Section.
John A. Cirello is a founding partner of Cirello & Vessicchio LLC and practices in the areas of criminal defense, civil litigation, business law, housing law, and probate matters. He is a member of the CBA’s Labor & Employment Law and Litigation Sections.
Ndidi N. Moses is an assistant United States attorney for the District of Connecticut and the office’s civil rights coordinator. She is the immediate past president of the CBA and currently serves on numerous committees and task forces, including the Cyber Security and Technology Committee, Policing Task Force, and State of the Legal Profession Task Force.
Gladys Idelis Nieves is a family support magistrate at the Connecticut Judicial Branch and previously represented parents and children involved in child abuse and neglect proceedings as a sole practitioner.
Edward V. O’Hanlan is a partner at Robinson+Cole and practices in the areas of land use zoning and litigation. He is a member of the CBA’s Litigation, Planning & Zoning, Real Property, and Veterans and Military Affairs Sections.
Carletha S. Texidor is an assistant attorney general in the Employment Rights Department of the Connecticut Attorney General’s Office.
Carla Nascimento Zahner is a partner at Louden Katz and McGrath LLC and practices in the area of family law. She is a member of the CBA’s Family Law Section
In his press release, Governor Lamont stated, “This class of women and men bring with them a diverse background of experience and qualifications that meet the high standards that the residents of Connecticut deserve to have serving in leadership positions in the court system.”
Governor Lamont also nominated Robert W. Clark to the Connecticut Appellate Court and Attorneys William F. Clark, Michael J. Gustafson, H. Gordan Hall, Kimberly P. Massicotte, Maximino Medina, Jr., Angelica N. Papastavros, Chris A. Pelosi, and Jessica Torres Shlatz to the superior court bench. His nominations, made from a pool of candidates screened and endorsed by the Judicial Selection Committee, need to be confirmed by the General Assembly before they take the bench. These are the first nominations made in three years, and Governor Lamont’s first, to fill the bench’s 50 vacancies.