HARTFORD, CT -- The Connecticut Bar Foundation (CBF) Board of Directors elected Attorney Andrea Barton Reeves to serve as its 20th president at its Annual Meeting held on April 26, 2018. Ms. Barton Reeves is the second woman and first African-American president in the organization’s 66-year history.
Ms. Barton Reeves is President and CEO of Harc, Inc., a not-for-profit provider of services for people with intellectual and related disabilities and their families. She previously held several leadership positions in the CBF, most recently as its Vice President and co-chair of the Grantmaking Committee. An active member of her community, she serves on the boards of the American School for the Deaf, Leadership Greater Hartford and the YWCA of Greater Hartford. She has been named one of the Hartford Business Journal's 40 under Forty, and Five New Leaders to Watch (2013). Ms. Barton Reeves previously served as Secretary of the Connecticut Bar Association (CBA) and as co-chair of the CBA Women in the Law Committee. She spent the early part of her career as a litigator in two large law firms before devoting her practice to representing children almost exclusively in child protection, delinquency, high-conflict custody and probate court matter. She is a graduate of Rutgers University and New York Law School.
"It is an honor to be elected as President of the Connecticut Bar Foundation Board of Directors," said Ms. Barton Reeves. “I am grateful to my fellow Board members for the opportunity to lead the organization as we work to provide greater access to legal representation for the state’s most vulnerable population, to produce the highest quality programs on issues concerning the rule of law and the role of the judiciary, and to develop projects that promote and preserve the important contributions made by the state’s legal community.”
James T. Shearin, outgoing President of the Board of Directors and a partner at the law firm of Pullman & Comley, LLC, said Ms. Barton Reeves “has been a tremendously active board member, chairing the Grantmaking Committee and the Singer Connecticut Public Service Fellowship Selection Committee, and serving on many of the standing committees during her tenure on the board. During the past eight years we served together on the board, I have had the honor to work closely with Andrea and I know she will be an excellent President for the CBF.”
The Connecticut Bar Foundation is a philanthropic organization that develops and administers programs to enhance the understanding and improvement of the law and legal institutions, and it sponsors educational symposia. The CBF administers several programs including the Interest on Lawyers' Trust Accounts (IOLTA) and the Interest on Trust Accounts (IOTA) programs that provide funds for delivery of legal services for the poor. Also, the CBF administers the Judicial Branch Grants-in-Aid and the Court Fees Grants-in-Aid programs for legal services and for law school scholarships for disadvantaged students attending schools in Connecticut.
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