Maggie Castinado
Office of the Public Defender

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September 07, 2012 - UCONN School of Law Alumni Association Honoring Mayor Segarra

August 16, 2012 - CHBA Scholarship
CHBA Scholarship Form 2012.pdf  

May 14, 2012 - CHBA Elects 2012 Officers and Directors
The Connecticut Hispanic Bar Association is proud to announce the election of its new officers and directors for 2012-2013. 2012 Press Release - New board.pdf  

May 14, 2012 - CHBA Receives CBA Certification
The Connecticut Hispanic Bar Association has received certification by the Connecticut Bar Association and is now eligible to appoint a delegate to the CBA House of Delegates.


IP Law Section of the CBA, CHBA, the George W. Crawford Black Bar Association, and SABAC presents

Digital Defamation is on the Rise:

What Can be Done to Combat It?

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

For more information on this event please see the attached flyer.


2012 Annual Meeting Notice.pdf  

March 11, 2012 - Save the date LCD's Annual Diversity Award

March 05, 2012 - Press release: Racial Profiling by Law Enforcement Officials
CHBA Draft Press Release (Feb 2012).doc.pdf  

February 18, 2012 - Spring Panel: Careers in Public Service, Securing a Government Internship, Clerkship or Permanent Position
Spring Panel Invitation.pdf  

February 18, 2012 - Joint Networking Event with CBA, CHBA, SABAC, CAPABA and CRAWFORD
joint networking.jpg  

February 08, 2012 - Discounted CBA membership for CHBA members

CHBA President and other area affinity bar leaders were recently featured in the Connecticut Law Tribune discussing the importance of the recent constitutional amendment approved by the CBA House of Delegates. The amendment allows CHBA members to enjoy discounted CBA membership rates and presents us with an opportunity to be represented on the House of Delegates.

February 01, 2012 - House of Delegates Approves New Amendment to Create Affinity Delegate Categories

At its meeting on Monday, January 23, the CBA House of Delegates approved a proposal to amend the association constitution to create a new category of delegates to the House: the "Affinity Delegates." The proposal, brought jointly by the Diversity and Membership Committees, was adopted unanimously by the House. The result is that now, for the first time, the House will include a meaningful number of different voices during its meetings in an effort to fulfill Article II of the association constitution "to promote diversity within the Bar and the Bench." The Affinity Delegates will join the District Delegates, the Section Delegates, and the officers of the association to comprise the House of Delegates. 
Any of the existing affinity Bar associations may elect an Affinity Delegate to the House if it satisfies four criteria. The criteria are (1) its goals and purposes do not conflict with the diversity goals of Article II of the CBA Constitution, (2) it has at least 50 members, (3) at least one-half of its membership consists of CBA members, and (4) it has been in existence for at least five years. The executive director of the CBA must annually certify an affinity Bar association as eligible to elect an Affinity Delegate. The total number of affinity Bar associations that may be so certified is limited to six. The new constitutional provisions also increases the number of Section Delegates from three to six. The District Delegates to the House continue to outnumber the Affinity and Section Delegates by more than ten to one. The result of the amendment is that the Affinity Delegates will represent significant numbers of CBA members whose perspective and participation has been lacking in the House. The process calls for the affinity Bar associations to organize, with CBA support, their own CBA membership drives so as to satisfy one of the criteria to elect an Affinity Delegate. The newly elected Affinity Delegates will take office on July 1, 2012, moving toward achieving the goal of a more diverse Connecticut Bar Association. CBA President Brad Gallant said, "Building on the efforts of our colleagues in the affinity Bar associations of this state, we will be better able to serve the interests of all lawyers in Connecticut."


February 01, 2012 - House of Delegates Approves Revision to Proposed MCLE Rule

See link below to review the revised rule.

August 30, 2011 - SAVE THE DATE- 18th Annual Dinner Celebration, November 3, 2011 at the New Haven Lawn Club

See attached Save the Date for more information.

For further details regarding attendance or sponsorship feel free to contact Maria Garcia at


Annual Dinner CHBA Save The Date[1].pdf  

August 29, 2011 - Hartford Business Journal covers CHBA's recognition by the HNBA

June 30, 2011 - Calling for nominations

Dear CHBA Members:
We are currently planning our Annual Awards Dinner which will take place in November and are accepting nominations for the CHBA's Achievement Award, Corporate Award, and Community Service Award.  With these awards, we hope to be inclusive of the kinds of qualities and achievements that embody successful leaders and visionaries who have made important influences in our community and who we want to honor at our dinner.  We are not restricting our awards to nominees who promote diversity in the legal profession, although such positive impacts will be considered in selecting award recipients. 
Nominees for the Achievement Award can be a corporation, individual, law firm, state agency, non-profit organization or any other organization that has made concerted efforts to promote diversity in the legal profession, raise awareness of issues that affect minorities, and/or make strides in promoting social change for the benefit of disadvantaged groups. 
Nominees for the Corporate Award can be a corporation, law firm, state agency, or other organization that has led by example with respect to pro bono work benefiting disadvantaged groups, the development of an inclusive work place, and/or retention and recruitment of a diverse workforce.
Nominees for the Community Service Award can be a corporation, individual, law firm, state agency, non-profit organization or any other organization that has provided an important service or benefit to the Hispanic community, and/or made strides in promoting social change for the benefit of disadvantaged groups. 

Please submit any nominations, along with a description of the efforts of the individual or organization meriting the award to me at the email address below by Friday, July 1st.  Please provide any relevant contact information.  Our past award recipients can be found on the following page of our website:
Thank you for your assistance.
Jessica Torres,

June 17, 2011 - The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving (HFPG) featured the CHBA Scholarship Fund during a reception on June 9, 2011 to celebrate its Hartford Foundation Scholarship recipients

CHBA Board Members Toni Smith-Rosario and Walter Menjivar were interviewed and served on a panel at the event. Walter, as a past CHBA Scholarship recipient, shared his college experience, explained how his CHBA Scholarship benefited him, and offered advice to the scholarship recipients.To view the interview click on the link below.!/video/video.php?v=219604364726404&oid=214504791905135&comments

May 24, 2011 - CT Law Tribune Features CHBA Student Outreach Efforts

Click on the link below for the full article.

May 24, 2011 - CHBA Celebrates Law Day at Bulkeley High School
CHBA Celebrates Law Day at Bulkeley High School 
On May 23, 2011, CHBA board members Jessica Torres, Dinamary Arvelo, and Alex Toribio visited a Contemporary Law class at Bulkeley High School in Hartford to assist the students as they prepare for an upcoming mock trial.  CHBA members presented an overview of trial techniques, placing particular emphasis on direct and cross-examination.  The presentation was followed by witness-preparation exercises using a model case study and affidavit in small-group breakout sessions.  The students then reconvened as a class and CHBA members played the role of prosecutor and defense attorneys, while teacher Justin Taylor played the witness.  Overall, it was a valuable learning experience for the students and an equally rewarding one for our volunteers.  The CHBA wishes the students the very best of luck in their mock trial competition!

May 19, 2011 - CHBA Summer Social

Saturday June 11, at noon.

The CHBA invites its members and their families to join us for an afternoon of sampling delicious wines from the Gouveia Vineyards while reconnecting and networking with friends. We encourage members to bring food to share with others. Please note that outside beverages (including water) are prohibited.
The CHBA will be providing wine and additional beverages will be available for purchase. Weather permitting, we will be outside and encourage you to bring blankets and chairs. In the event of rain, we will move the party indoors. This event is free to members and their immediate families.

Please RSVP to
by June 7, 2011

See Attached invitation

Rev 2 - CHBA Member Social Save the Date.pdf  

May 09, 2011 - Press Release: The CHBA fully supports the nomination of Edgardo Ramos for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

See Attached Press Release

Ramos Press Release (2011)[1].pdf  



The Connecticut Hispanic Bar Association ( is pleased to announce its new slate of officers for 2011-2012. The following individuals were elected to office at the CHBA's annual meeting: 


  • Maria Garcia, President-Elect, Law Clerk to the Honorable Holly B. Fitzsimmons, United States District Court for the District of Connecticut
  • Erick I. Díaz, Vice President, Managing Attorney at the Law Office of Erick I. Díaz llc
  • Alex Toribio, Treasurer, Associate at McCarter & English llp
  • Cristina Madry, Secretary, Associate at Jackson Lewis llp
  • Elizabeth Salsedo-Surovov, Director of Communications, Senior Client Manager at Westlaw Thompson Reuters


Virginia McGarrity, an Associate at Robinson & Cole llp, succeeds Sara C. Bronin, Associate Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law, as President.


"I am excited for the opportunity to lead the CHBA over the next year," said Ms. McGarrity. "One of my priorities is to focus on improving and expanding our member services and benefits. To that end, the CHBA will offer assistance to its members navigating the judicial selection process, provide a wealth of volunteer public service opportunities, and host more networking opportunities with other bar associations and civic groups within Connecticut."


The CHBA will also continue its commitment of supporting the next generation of lawyers by sponsoring programs for each of the area law schools, and celebrating their achievements with scholarship awards at the CHBA Annual Awards Dinner.


The CHBA is also pleased to announce that the following individuals were elected to its Board of Directors: Dinamary Arvelo, Albert L. Barrueco, Margaret Castinado, Marilyn Díaz, Elizabeth Fowler, Ilia M. O'Hearn, René A. Ortega, Jessica Torres and Maximiliano Zayas. Directors elected to the CHBA Board in 2010 whose terms continue during the 2011-2012 year are: Mario Borelli, John R. Flores, Karem Friedman, Cristina Lopez, and Edgardo Ramos.


In addition, CHBA member Walter Menjivar was appointed to continue to serve as President of the Law Student Division.


ABOUT THE CHBA:  Founded in 1993, the Connecticut Hispanic Bar Association works to enhance the visibility of Hispanic lawyers throughout the state; to facilitate communication and sharing of information and resources among our members; to serve as mentors to new attorneys and law students; and to assist the public and private sectors in achieving diversity in their law firms and legal departments. The CHBA also addresses issues impacting the Hispanic community, such as access to the courts, judicial diversity, and other social challenges.