Our Mission

To increase the representation of lawyers of color in the state of Connecticut and Western Massachusetts.

Our Story
LCD began in 2003 as The Connecticut Lawyers Group, in response to the need to advance diversity in Connecticut’s legal profession.

Today, we continue to support our members’ efforts to identify, recruit, and retain attorneys of color.
As the meaning of diversity has broadened, so has our charge. Increasing recruitment, retention, and promotion of a diverse population of attorneys must be cemented as not just good social policy, but as a necessary practice.
The students and professionals that have participated in our programs over the years have gone on to have very successful careers.
Whether they are practicing at a law firm, within a corporation, or for a government agency, our program participants credited LCD’s programs with helping to advance their careers. We will continue to champion the development of future lawyers from diverse backgrounds and support our member organizations in creating environments that are authentically inclusive.
Our Team
  • Joelle A. Murchison
    Joelle A. Murchison
    Executive Director
  • Brittany N. James
    Brittany N. James
    Operations Manager
Executive Committee
  • Evan Seideman
    Evan Seideman
    Holland & Knight LLP
  • Sheldon Poole
    Sheldon Poole
    President Elect
    Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P
  • Marie Bertrand
    Marie Bertrand
    Day Pitney LLP
  • Theresa Guertin
    Theresa Guertin
    Saxe, Doernberger & Vita, P.C
  • Ginny Kim
    Ginny Kim
    Immediate Past President
    Connecticut Office of the Treasurer
Board of Directors
  • Noble F. Allen
    Hinckley Allen & Snyder LLP
  • Dr. Bridgette Baldwin
    Western New England University
  • Kenneth J. Bartschi
    McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP
  • David Bigger
    Shipman & Goodwin LLP
  • TaShun Bowden-Lewis
    CT Division of Public Defender Services
  • Dan A. Brody
    Connecticut Asian Pacific American Bar Association (CAPABA) Representative
  • Dana Bucin
    Murtha Cullina LLP
  • Kevin Budge
    Wiggin and Dana LLP
  • Gregory Chase
    Connecticut Hispanic Bar Association (CHBA) Representative
  • Burt Cohen
    Office of Consumer Counsel
  • Valerie M. Ferdon
    Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, P.C.
  • Kelly Fitzpatrick
    Koskoff Koskoff & Beider PC
  • Marilyn J. Ford
    Quinnipiac School of Law
  • Inez Diaz Galloza
    Office of Attorney General
  • Kristi Gardner
    Hartford Healthcare
  • Kenna Hagan
  • Edward J. Heath
    Robinson & Cole LLP
  • Janet M. Helmke-Elmore
    Eversource Energy
  • Sabrina Houlton
    RTX Corporation
  • Kyle R. Johnson
    Brown Rudnick LLP
  • Zachary Kammerdeiner
  • Jessica Grossarth Kennedy
    Pullman & Comley LLC
  • Tamu Lewis
    Finn Dixon & Herling LLP
  • Andrea Lockenour
    Boehringer Ingelheim
  • Joaquin Madry
    Silver Golub & Teitell LLP
  • John H. Mutchler
    South Asian Bar Association of Connecticut (SABAC) Representative
  • Eboni S. Nelson
    University of Connecticut School of Law
  • Moyahoena N. Ogilvie
    McCarter & English, LLP
  • James M. Sconzo
    Carlton Fields, P.A.
  • Claudia Sklar
    Neubert, Pepe & Monteith, P.C.
  • Sarah​​​​ R. Skubas
    Jackson Lewis P.C.
  • Phyllis Wallitt
    Booking Holdings Inc.
  • Tyler I. Williams
    George W. Crawford Black Bar Association (“Crawford”) Representative
  • Calvin K. Woo
    Verrill Dana LLP


ACC ConnecticutAG of CTAvanGridBoehringer IngelheimBooking HoldingsBrown RudnickCarlton FieldsCarmodyCatic ExchangeCT Division of Public Defender ServicesDay Pitney LLPEversourceFinn Dixon & HerlingHartford HealthcareHinckley AllenHolland & KnightJackson LewisLocke LordMcCarter & EnglishMcElroy DeutschMurtha CullinaNeubert Pepe & MonteithOCC CTPullman & ComleyRaytheon TechnologiesRobinson + ColeSax Doernberger & VitaShipman & Goodwin LLPShook Hardy & BaconSilver Golub & TeitellTreasurer’s Office CTVerrillWigginYale New Haven Health

Affiliate Organizations

CAPABAConnecticut Bar AssociationConnecticut Hispanic Bar AssociationCT Bar FoundationGeorge W. Crawford Black Bar AssociationSouth Asian Bar Association of Connecticut

Law Schools

Quinnipiac University LawUniversity of Connecticut LawWestern New England University LawYale Law School