Sara Bronin
Associate Professor
University of Connecticut School of Law
Award Recipients

The CHBA has established five awards, which are recognized at the Annual Awards Dinner: Achievement Awards, Recognition Awards, Community Service Awards, Corporate Awards, and Scholarships

CHBA ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENTS  

2011
Jeannette B. DeJesús, Special Advisor to the Governor on Healthcare Reform

2010
The Honorable Pedro E. Segarra, Mayor of the City of Hartford

2009
Judicial Branch of the State of Connecticut
The Honorable José A. Suárez, Superior Court Judge, State of Connecticut

2008
Dr. Estela López, Senior Associate at Excelencia in Education

2007
Kica Matos, Community Services Administrator, City of New Haven

2006
Honorable Juan R. Torruella, Circuit Court Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

2005
Diane Alverio, President, Diane Alverio & Company, a Public Relations and Marketing Firm

2004
Natalia Martín, Associate Dean, Yale Law School
Honorable Edwin R. Rodriguez, Commissioner of Consumer Protection

2003
Honorable José A. Cabranes, Circuit Court Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit 
William Alvarado, Chief Interpreter, State of Connecticut
Francisco Ortiz Jr., Chief of Police, New Haven
María Peréz-Brown, Esq., Author, President, Dorado Entertainment

2002
Honorable Jimmy Gurule, Under Secretary for Enforcement, U.S. Department of Treasury
Honorable Eddie A. Perez, Mayor, City of Hartford

2001
Honorable Sheila Prats, Superior Court Judge, State of Connecticut

2000
Honorable Nelson Diaz, Former General Counsel, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Rafael Santiago, Esq., President, Hispanic National Bar Association

1999
Juan A. Figueroa, Esq., President and General Counsel, Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc.
Joxel Garcia, M.D., Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Public Health
Attorney Antonio Robaina (Posthumously)
Mildred Torres Soto (Posthumously)

1998
Honorable Sonia Sotomayor, Circuit Court Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Honorable Antonio C. Robaina, Superior Court Judge, State of Connecticut

1997
Honorable Carmen L. Lopez, Superior Court Judge, State of Connecticut
Jose O. Salinas, Esq., Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles
Tomas Reyes, Jr., President, New Haven Board of Aldermen

1996
Honorable Jorge A. Simon, Superior Court Judge, State of Connecticut
Marilda G. Alfonso, Vice President and Executive Director, AETNA Foundation, Inc.
John Soto, President and Chief Executive Officer, Magnet Industrial Group, Inc.

1995
State Representative Maria C. Sanchez (Posthumously)
State Representative Ilia Castro
State Representative Hector Diaz
Former State Representative Juan A. Figueroa
State Representative Edna Garcia
State Representative Edwin E. Garcia
Former State Representative Jose C. Lugo
State Representative John S. Martinez
Former State Representative Edna N. Negron
State Representative Americo L. Santiago

1994
Honorable Jose A. Cabranes, Circuit Court Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Honorable Eddie Rodriguez, Jr., Superior Court Judge, State of Connecticut
Honorable Carmen E. Espinosa, Superior Court Judge, State of Connecticut
Honorable Amado Vargas, Commissioner, State of Connecticut Workers’ Compensation Commission

CHBA RECOGNITION AWARD RECIPIENTS

2011
Sara Bronin, CHBA Past President

2010
Rene Alejandro Ortega, CHBA Past President

2009
Ilia O’Hearn, CHBA Past President

2008
Maria Jimena Rivera, CHBA Past President

2007
Alexia Cruz, CHBA Past President

2006
Grace Cavero-Feliú, CHBA Founding Board of Directors (Posthumously)
Jessica Torres, CHBA Past President

2005
Santa Mendoza, CHBA Past President
Honorable Alvin W. Thompson, Federal District Court Judge, District of Connecticut

2004
Mario Borelli, CHBA Past President
Honorable Richard Blumenthal, Attorney General, State of Connecticut

2003
Marilyn Diaz, CHBA Past President

2002
John Ruben Flores, CHBA Past President
Juan Fuentes-Vizcarrondo, Photographic Artist
Day, Berry & Howard, LLP

2001
Ronald A. González, CHBA Past President

2000
Leslie T. Soler, CHBA Past President
Ronald Copes, Vice President of Community Relations
Mass Mutual Life Insurance Company

1999
Ruben E. Acosta, CHBA Past President

1998
Milagros S. Cruz, CHBA Past President
Rafael A. Santiago, CHBA Director

1997
José L. DelCastillo, CHBA Past President
Americo Santiago, Assistant Secretary of State

1996
Rosemary E. Giuliano, Judicial Selection Commission Chair
State Representative Thomas D. Ritter
Toni M. Smith-Rosario, CHBA Past President

1995
Honorable Charles M. Grabau, Associate Justice, Superior Court Commonwealth of Massachusetts
David N. Feliú, CHBA Past President

1994
Robinson & Cole LLP
Toni M. Smith-Rosario, CHBA Founding Member

CHBA COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD RECIPIENT

2011
The Pathways-Senderos Center

2010
Connecticut Legal Services Stamford Day Laborer Wage Clinic

2009
Hispanic-American Veterans of Connecticut, Inc.

CHBA CORPORATE AWARD RECIPIENTS

2011
Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

2007
Travelers

2006
The Hartford Financial Services Group

2004
Day, Berry & Howard LLP

CHBA SCHOLARSHIP AWARD RECIPIENTS

2011
Benjamin Brunner, Yale Law School
Diane L Dauplaise, UConn Law School
Sandra Marin, UConn Law School
Francisco J. Ruso, UConn Law School
Jayna Velez, Roger Williams University Law School

2010
Miguel A. Almodovar, University of Connecticut School of Law
Estella M. Cisneros, Yale Law School
Edwin M. Hernandez Garcia, Quinnipiac University School of Law
Andres Idarraga, Yale Law School
Prerna Rao, Quinnipiac University School of Law
Sanjiv N. Reejhsinghani, Western New England College School of Law

2009
Elisabeth M. Centeno, Yale Law School
Vanoli V. Chander, Western New England College School of Law
Paula Simone Freitas, Western New England College School of Law
Walter A. Menjivar, University of Connecticut School of Law
Martha Perez, University of Connecticut School of Law

2008
Maria I. Garriga, University of Connecticut School of Law
Maryann Lio, Yale Law School
Carminia M. Muñoz, Quinnipiac University School of Law
Jasmin M. Rojas, Western New England School of Law

2007
Dinamary Arvelo, University of Connecticut School of Law
Alicia S. DeSouza-Rocha, Quinnipiac University School of Law
Marisol Orihuela, Yale Law School
Megan E. Rogers, Quinnipiac University School of Law
Raul S. Zamudio, University of Connecticut School of Law

2006
Albert Llosas Barrueco, University of Connecticut School of Law
Charleen Merced Agosto, University of Connecticut School of Law
Rocio Digón, Yale Law School
Enrique Schaerer, Yale Law School

2005
Roberto Alejandro, University of Connecticut School of Law
Alvaro Bedoya, Yale Law School
Amarilis Carrion, University of Connecticut School of Law
Isais Diaz, Quinnipiac University School of Law

2004
Javier F. Flores, University of Connecticut School of Law
Sara C. Galvan, Yale Law School/Columbia University School of Law

2003
Mareesa L. Torres, Quinnipiac University School of Law

2002
Benjamin Aponte, Quinnipiac University School of Law
Jasmine Elwick, Yale Law School

2001
Daisy Priscilla Garces, Quinnipiac University School of Law

2000
Nancy E. Oporto-Brown, University of Connecticut School of Law

1999
Jennifer S. Rodriguez, Quinnipiac University School of Law

1998
Ada Michelle Lugo Oliveras, University of Connecticut School of Law

1997
Latin American Law Student Association, Quinnipiac University School of Law