The Connecticut Bar Foundation named 68 new fellows to its James W. Cooper Fellows Program, celebrating their installation in May with a reception at the New Haven Lawn Club.

“We are pleased to recognize our new fellows for their distinguished services to our legal system and for their commitment to the principles of equal justice and the rule of law,” said CBF President Andrea Barton Reeves.

The Fellows Program, which recognizes outstanding attorneys and judges, is now in its 23rd year. The group includes attorneys, U.S. Court of Appeals judges, state Supreme Court, district, appellate and Superior Court judges. It also includes corporate counsel, attorneys in nonprofit associations and legal services agencies.

The program is named in honor of James W. Cooper, who served as president of the CBF from 1973 to 1975 and made a generous bequest to the organization. He was also a past president of the Connecticut Bar Association from 1957 to 1958. He taught at Yale Law School from 1930 to 1932 and was a senior partner at Tyler, Cooper and Alcorn in New Haven.

CBF and the James W. Cooper Fellows Program promote a better understanding of the legal profession and ways to improve the administration of justice in Connecticut through educational and outreach programs including the Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts and the Interest on Trust Accounts programs, supporting legal services for the poor; as well as judicial/court fees grants-in-aid programs.


CBF’s 2018 James W. Cooper Fellows Marsha L. Anastasia, Pitney Bowes Inc. John M. Andreini, Law Offices of John M. Andreini Ashleigh Backman, Statewide Legal Services of Connecticut Heather O. Berchem, Murtha Cullina LLP Jonathan D. Berchem, Berchem Moses PC Edwin Camacho, Ventura Law John Carberry, Cummings & Lockwood LLC Lorraine Carcova, Connecticut Legal Services Inc. Hon. Karyl L. Carrasquilla, Superior Court of Connecticut Richard F. Casher, Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP Scott Charmoy, Charmoy & Charmoy Edwin Colon, Berchem Moses PC Andrew Crumbie, Crumbie Law Group LLC Karen L. Dowd, Horton Dowd Bartschi & Levesque PC Tais C. Ericson, State of Connecticut Judicial Branch Anthony P. Gangemi, Murtha Cullina LLP Heather Gerken, Yale Law School Eric Glover, United Technologies Corporation Dara P. Goings, Ruel Ruel Goings & Britt LLC Hillary J. Greene, UCONN School of Law Lauren R. Greenspoon, United States District Court J. Vance Hancock, Gregory & Adams PC Suzanne Hard, Connecticut Bar Association David S. Hardy, Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP Kara Hart, Leete Kosto & Wizner LLP Nilda Havrilla, Connecticut Legal Services Inc. Barbara Housen, Connecticut Office of State Ethics Dana M. Hrelic, Horton, Dowd, Bartschi, & Levesque, P.C. Tara R. Johnson, United Healthcare Robert E. Kaelin, Murtha Cullina LLP Joaquina Borges King, Eversource Energy Gary S. Klein, Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP Michael Larobina, Sacred Heart University Carolyn R. Linsey, University of Bridgeport Kristen M. Marcroft, Freed Marcroft LLC Maura Mastrony, Littler Mendelson Rebecca A. Matthews, Wiggin and Dana LLP Ward Mazzucco, Chipman Mazzucco Bruce L. McDermott, Murtha Cullina LLP Virginia E. McGarrity, Robinson+Cole Alexandra McHugh, UTC Aerospace Systems Edward F. McHugh, UTC Aerospace Systems Patrick J. McHugh, Patrick J. McHugh, Law Offices of Robert S. Melvin, Robinson+Cole Walter Menjivar, State of CT, Office of the Attorney General Angela Morizio, State of CT, Office of the Public Defender Sean P. Moylan, United Technologies Corporation Thomas J. Murphy, Cowdery & Murphy LLC Neil F. (Kim) Murphy, Jr., Murphy Laudati Kiel and Rattigan LLC Andrew B. Nevas, Verrill Dana LLP Keisha S. Palmer, Robinson+Cole Charles W. Pieterse, Whitman Breed Abbott & Morgan LLC Richard W. Pingel, Sportech PLC Michael Pych, Pratt & Whitney James P. Ray, Robinson+Cole Kelly E. Reardon, Reardon Law Firm PC Patricia E. Reilly, Murtha Cullina LLP James C. Riley, Whitman Breed Abbott & Morgan LLC James M. Ruel, Ruel Ruel Goings & Britt LLC Joseph B. Schwartz, Superior Court of Connecticut Cheryl A. Sharp, State of CT, Commission on Human Rights & Opportunities Gregory Stephenson, United Technologies Corporation Ryan M. Suerth, Murtha Cullina LLP Michael P. Thompson, Wiggin and Dana LLP S. Dave Vatti, United States Attorney’s Office, District of CT Brian J. Wheelin, Robinson+Cole Latonia C. Williams, Shipman & Goodwin LLP Michael Wu, Superior Court of Connecticut