CBA Hosts First USCAAF Virtual Swearing-In Ceremony

Written Friday, March 19, 2021

The CBA's Veterans and Military Affairs Section hosted a United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (USCAAF) virtual swearing-in ceremony on Tuesday, March 16. The ceremony was led by USCAAF Chief Judge Scott W. Stucky, who commented that the event was the Court’s first virtual swearing-in ceremony

Cecil J. Thomas, CBA president-elect, began the program with introductory remarks. Attorney Jonathan J. Klein, CBA Veteran and Military Affairs Section executive committee member, retired Lieutenant Colonel of the US Army Reserve, and USCAAF admitted attorney, made the motion to admit the following attorneys:

  • Timothy T. Anderson, Coventry, RI
  • Jeffrey F. Buebendorf, Brown Jacobson PC, Norwich
  • Victor J. Dowling, Dowling & Dowling, Simsbury
  • Amy Lin Meyerson, CBA President; Law Office of Amy Lin Meyerson, Weston
  • Deborah L. Moore, State of Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Hartford
  • Sarah E. Ryan, Wesleyan University, Middletown
  • Sharadchandra A. Samy, The Law Offices of Sharad A. Samy LLC, Darien
  • Christopher A. St.Victor-de Pinho, UBS, Ridgefield

Prior to the ceremony, the following CBA members were also admitted to the USCAAF Court:

  • James M. Hyland, Mulvey Oliver Gould & Crotta, Hamden
  • Melissa Testa, Law Office of Melissa Testa, Enfield

After the ceremony, Chief Judge Stucky addressed the newly admitted attorneys, saying “On behalf of the Court, I welcome you at the end of a very long list of people, over 37,000 lawyers who have been admitted to the bar of the Court since 1951, when the Court first started operation. I congratulate your admission and I look forward to seeing you argue before the Court in the future.”

Cinthia Johnson, chair of the Veterans and Military Affairs Section, said, “It is inspiring to see Connecticut's lawyers become qualified to advocate for military personnel during their appeals before the Court. The lawyers who were recently admitted prioritize serving those who serve our country and by doing so, increase access to justice.”