EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS

AIGNÉ GOLDSBY

President

Aigné Goldsby is currently a Trial Attorney at MAPFRE Insurance where she defends insured clients in civil actions arising out of automobile and home owners insurance policy claims.. Thus far in her legal practice, Aigné has gained extensive experience in pretrial and trial proceedings having taken and defended over one-hundred depositions and completed four jury trials to verdict. Her clients have included insurance companies, municipalities, product manufacturers, and school districts.

Aigné is also the Founder and Principal of Black Esquire LLC, an organization that provides opportunities and resources for Black and minority legal professionals. She received her J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law, and her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College. In addition to her role as President of the George W. Crawford Black Bar Association she is active in the Connecticut Bar Association's Diversity & Inclusion Committee and the Young Lawyers Section. She is also on the Board of Directors for the ACLU of Connecticut and represents Crawford on the Steering Committee for the Governor's Council on Women and Girls.

ALAN H. BOWIE, JR.

President-Elect

Alan H. Bowie, Jr. is an associate at Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP where he is a member of the firm’s labor and employment group.  Alan advises employers on compliance with state and federal labor and employment laws.  In addition, he represents employers in litigation matters before administrative agencies and federal and state courts.  Alan received his B.A. in Economics from Howard University and his J.D. from the Wake Forest University School of Law.  Alan served as Vice President of Crawford for the 2018 -2019 and was Chair of the Annual Dinner Committee. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Neighborhood Music School, Connecticut Legal Rights Project, and the Community Action Agency of New Haven.  Alan is a member of the Connecticut, National, New Haven County, and American Bar Associations and the New Haven Inn of Court.  He enjoys reading, researching black history, running, and spending time with friends and family.

PATRICIA MAREALLE

Vice President

Patricia Marealle is a staff Attorney with the Center for Children’s Advocacy’s Immigrant Children’s Justice Project, working to protect immigrant children in Connecticut. Her work focuses on defending and advocating for at-risk children so they may avoid deportation to a dangerous environment. Prior to joining The Center, she was formerly a legal analyst with the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General, and worked with the Connecticut Legislative Commissioners’ Office drafting public health bills for the 2018 legislative session.

After receiving her B.A., summa cum laude, in political science from Columbus State University, she worked as a clerk for a probate court judge, overseeing guardianship and conservatorship of minors and incapacitated adults. She also served as a mentor with the Truancy Intervention Project and a speaker for DARE to Dream, where she spoke to high school students about the challenges teens face concerning diversity, race relations, leadership development and personal responsibility. During law school, Patricia worked with nonprofit organizations including the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, CT Legal Services and CT Fair Housing, focusing on immigration and civil rights issues and helping children and families from low-income populations. She earned her JD from UConn School of Law, and a master’s with honors in Public Policy from Northeastern University. Patricia also serves on the board of The Village for Families and Children.

BRIDGET D’ANGELO

Treasurer

As a member of Murtha Cullina’s Business & Finance Department, Bridget D’Angelo represents clients in the areas real estate and financing. She assists clients with real estate acquisitions, development, leasing, financing and entity formation. Bridget’s representation of clients includes negotiation of loan documentation, purchase and sale agreements, leases and entity formation, as well as all other aspects of commercial real estate and asset-based lending transactions.

Bridget received her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, where she was a member and a Managing Editor of the Chicago Journal of International Law. She earned her B.A. summa cum laude in Economics and Political Science from the Robert E. Cook Honors College of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Bridget serves on the firm’s Professional Development and Diversity & Inclusion Committees.

MAKANA ELLIS

Secretary

Makana Ellis is an associate attorney at Dzialo, Pickett & Allen, P.C. She represents clients in family law, including divorce, custody, and visitation matters, real estate transactions, criminal law, civil law, and estate planning. Makana received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale College (2005) and her Juris Doctor degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law (2012). She is admitted to practice law in the state courts of Connecticut and New York.

Makana worked as a Public Defender at the Bridgeport G.A. 2 Courthouse, representing clients on the motor vehicle and domestic violence dockets in criminal court and providing arraignments. Makana also clerked at the New Haven J.D. Superior Courthouse in family, civil and criminal courts. She assisted judges, attorneys and self-represented parties during trials and hearings, jury selection and conducted legal writing and research. Prior to law school, Makana worked at Yale University as the inaugural director of the Dixwell-Yale University Community Learning Center, an educational facility which provided after school programs for New Haven area youth and health and wellness programs for adults. Makana is also an active member of a number of professional and civic associations and boards, including Christian Community Action, Inc. of New Haven, the Family Law Section of the Connecticut Bar Association, the New Haven County Bar Association, and the Middlesex County Bar Association. She is a native of New Haven.

AZA GRAY MOSLEY

Director

Aza Gray Mosley earned a Bachelor’s Degree in 2006 from the University of Hartford with honors where she was a member of Brothers and Sisters United.  Aza attended Ohio Northern University, Claude W. Pettit College of Law and was awarded an academic grant based on her undergraduate work.  During law school she served as Vice President of the Black Law Student Association, and was a member of the William Taft Inn of Court. In 2012 she was admitted to the State of Connecticut Superior Court Bar.  She worked for a private firm in the area of foreclosures and specialized in mediation for five years. Currently she works as a Prosecutor for the State of Connecticut, Division of Criminal Justice. She participated in the Oliver Ellsworth Inn of Court for a term duration (2016 to 2019), and has served on committees as a member of the Connecticut Bar Association. She has taught as an adjunct and instructor at community colleges in the State of Connecticut.  She has served as a Board Member of Crawford  and the Chair of the Membership Committee since 2018.

DON BELL

Director

Don Bell serves as an Assistant Director of Career Development at UConn Law, with a focus on public sector and public interest employment, including judicial clerkships. He previously served as the Director of the Black Talent Initiative at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. In that role, Don gain national coverage working directly with job applicants and advocating to increase diversity and inclusion among policymakers.

Prior to that position, Don was a legal fellow to Senator Chris Murphy, judiciary staffer to Senator Richard Blumenthal, and counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Don is an Honors Scholar graduate of the University of Connecticut (’10) and a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Law (’13).

KAREN DEMEOLA

Director

Karen DeMeola is the Assistant Dean for Finance, Administration, and Enrollment at UConn School of Law and is a past president of the Connecticut Bar Association. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology from UConn and her J.D. from UConn Law. After graduation from law school, Karen was a civil rights litigator whose practice focused primarily on employment discrimination, police brutality and housing discrimination. While at UConn Law, she has served as an adjunct professor teaching Critical Identity Theory and Diversity & Inclusion in the Legal Profession. Karen has presented on numerous panels, symposia and conferences on diversifying law school populations, implicit bias, intersectionality, leadership, and diversity and inclusion. She has created numerous pipeline projects, including the CBA Pathways to Legal Careers Pipeline. Karen is a Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation.

Karen was the recipient of the 2018 Attorney of the Year Award from the Connecticut Law Tribune; the Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity Edwin Archer Randolph Diversity Award; the CWEALF Maria Miller Stewart Award; the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities Constance Baker Motley Award for Business and Law; and the University of Connecticut Spirit Award. In addition to her service on the George W. Crawford Board of Directors, she serves on the board of the Connecticut Women’s Legal and Education Fund (CWEALF) and the Connecticut Legal Rights Project (CLRP).

JAMELIA N. MORGAN

Director

Jamelia N. Morgan’s current scholarship focuses on issues at the intersections of race, disability, and criminal law and punishment. Her research examines the development of disability as a legal category, how law shapes disability as an identity in prison and jails, and the criminalization of dissent and non-normative identities and expressions. Morgan’s additional research projects have explored the ways in which doctrinal tensions and political discourse over race-conscious remedies influence how anti-discrimination claims and remedies are conceptualized in court opinions involving voter discrimination and disability discrimination.

Prior to joining the faculty at UConn, Professor Morgan was a civil rights litigator at the Abolitionist Law Center and worked to improve prison conditions and end the use of solitary confinement in Pennsylvania state prisons. In this role, she worked as part of the legal team to draft briefs that secured the removal of a client from solitary confinement after 24 years. From 2015 to 2017, Professor Morgan was an Arthur Liman Fellow with the ACLU National Prison Project, where she focused on the impact of prisons on individuals with physical disabilities and authored an ACLU report released in January 2017 titled, Caged In: Solitary Confinement’s Devastating Harm on Prisoners with Disabilities. Prior to her fellowship, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Richard W. Roberts of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.Professor Morgan is a 2013 graduate of Yale Law School, where she was an active member of the Criminal Defense Project and the Detention and Human Rights Clinic. During her summers in law school, she interned at the ACLU of Mississippi, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and Emery Celli Brinckerhoff and Abady, where she worked on employment discrimination, voting rights, and police misconduct cases. Prior to law school, she served as associate director of the African American Policy Forum, a social justice think tank that works to bridge the gap between scholarly research and public discourse related to affirmative action, structural racism, and gender inequality. She is a 2006 graduate of Stanford University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Master of Arts degree in Sociology.In addition to her academic appointments, Professor Morgan serves of counsel and as vice president and board member of the Abolitionist Law Center, board member for the Connecticut Fair Housing Center, and as a board member of Mary’s Daughter, LLC, a non-profit organization dedicated to meeting the needs of formerly incarcerated women of color. In June 2019, she was appointed a commissioner on the Permanent Commission on the Status of Hartford Women.

MARSHA BECKFORD

Director

Marsha Beckford is a Partner in the Connecticut foreclosure group at McCalla Raymer Leibert Pierce, LLC. Marsha represents lenders located across the United States with interests in Connecticut real property in pursuit of their rights as creditors through the avenue of judicial foreclosure. Over the course of six years, Marsha has worked to obtain favorable rulings and marketable title for her clients, while managing junior attorneys, and advising a team of staff members.

Marsha’s career began in Bridgeport, CT, when, as a child, she set her sights on the legal field. She researched, watched court shows, and negotiated an internship at a local law firm during high school. Marsha graduated from the University of Connecticut-Storrs with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Minor in Business Administration, and was inducted into the Psi Chi National Honor Society. Then, she was admitted into Quinnipiac University School of Law. While attending Quinnipiac, Marsha participated in and later chaired the Northeast Black Law Student Mock Trial/Moot Court Competitions. After graduation law school and passing the Connecticut Bar, Marsha worked at a small general practice firm in Bridgeport. She is also admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut. Additionally, Marsha sits on the Board of the Directors for MidState Arc Inc., and is actively involved in her church and local community.

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