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.  In 2020, Alan was selected by the Best Lawyers In America publication for inclusion in its inaugural Ones To Watch List.

Alan served as Vice President of Crawford and Chair of the Annual Dinner Committee during the for the 2018 -2019 bar year and President-Elect for the 2019-20 year.  He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Neighborhood Music School and is a previous board member for the Connecticut Legal Rights Project and Community Action Agency of New Haven.  He is an active member of the Connecticut, New Haven and National bar associations. In 2019, Alan was selected as a Fellow for the National Employment Law Council's Academy Fellows Program and now serves on its Academy Fellows Planning Committee.  He enjoys reading, researching Black history, golfing, running, and spending time with friends and family. 



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, estate planning, and land use and zoning. 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 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.


Vice President

Geraldo Parrilla, a New Haven native, graduated from Quinnipiac University School of Law (2019), where he received his J.D. with cum laude honors. Immediately after graduating, Geraldo began, and has since completed, a one-year clerkship at the Connecticut Appellate court. Following his term at the Connecticut Appellate Court, Geraldo began a one-year clerkship with a magistrate judge at the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut. Upon completion of his federal court clerkship, Geraldo hopes to begin his career as a litigator.


During his time at Quinnipiac University, Geraldo served as the president of the Black Law Students Association, the vice president of the Latino Law Students Association, and the vice president of the Moot Court Society. In addition to his work with Crawford, Geraldo is on the executive board of the Connecticut Hispanic Bar Association, as well as the Board of Trustees of the Connecticut Bar Association.



Gideon Asemnor is an associate in the Updike Kelly & Spellacy’s Hartford office, where he practices in the areas of professional liability, insurance coverage and defense litigation, construction law, administrative proceedings, and commercial litigation.

While attending law school, Mr. Asemnor was the Executive Director of the Connecticut Moot Court Board, Assistant Managing Editor of the Connecticut Public Interest Law Journal, and Academic Chair of the Black Law Students Association.  

Mr. Asemnor received his J.D. from the University Of Connecticut School Of Law and earned his B.A. in Economics and Political Science from the University of Connecticut.









Dorcia is an alumna of Loyola College in Maryland, where she was introduced to the concept of "cura personalis" or care for the whole person. For this reason, she takes a holistic approach to client matters. That means she understands the business impact of every provision of every deal. Dorcia interned at  Shiseido Americas Corporation and the Department of Commerce while studying at Quinnipiac University School of Law in Connecticut. She developed expertise in international business transactions and the Export Administration Regulations from her internships.

After law school, Dorcia went to work for divisions of United Technologies Corporation, where she became familiar with manufacturing and technology operations. Dorcia advised the business on corrective actions required by a Department of Justice consent agreement. She also supported the engineering and procurement functions by drafting technical assistance and manufacturing license agreements. Now Dorcia combines her business experience and legal skills to help companies negotiate technology transactions. 

Dorcia is from the Bronx and currently lives with her partner in Connecticut. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the Business Council of Westchester. Dorcia is also a hip hop head, yogi, and new golfer. Last but not least, Dorcia is an ardent supporter of the Alzheimer's Association and Black Lives Matter movement.



Attorney Komla Matrevi is originally from Togo, a West-African country, where he received an LLB at the Universite de Lomé. He served briefly in the U.S. Army and enrolled at the University of Connecticut School of Law thereafter. He completed an LLM degree in human rights and social justice and graduated in 2017. After completing a legal internship at the attorney general office, he served as an aide to former attorney general George Jepsen. Komla Matrevi was admitted to the Connecticut bar in June 2019. Since then, he has represented small businesses at McCalla Raymer Leibert and Pierce, LLC in real estate foreclosure and debt collection cases as an associate attorney. He currently works for the small business administration department of the federal office of disaster assistance as an attorney-advisor. He lives in Hartford where he also volunteers as commissioner on refugee and immigrant affairs. In his spare time, Komla Matrevi enjoys cooking, travelling, meditation, poetry, and soccer. He speaks fluently Ewe, French, and has a working knowledge of Spanish.



LeeAnn Neal, Esq. is an Assistant State’s Attorney for the State of Connecticut Division of Criminal Justice.  She is assigned to the domestic violence docket which specializes in prosecuting serious domestic violence cases and is she is dedicated to supporting survivors.  LeeAnn graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Legal Studies.  She went on to Quinnipiac University School of Law in Hamden, CT, where she received her Juris Doctorate Degree with Honors in the Criminal Law Concentration.  During Law School she served as the Secretary and later the President of the Black Law Student Association.  She was also the Connecticut Sub-Regional Director of the National Black Law Student Association.   She is a member and involved in a number of professional organizations including the National Black Prosecutors Association, and Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity.  She has also been a long standing member of the Cape Verdean Social Club Inc. of Waterbury and has served in various positions on the executive board. In her spare time she enjoys mentoring youth in the community.  



Shanique Fenlator is an Associate attorney at the law firm, Ryan Ryan Deluca, LLP.  Working primarily in the firm's Hartford office, she is a member of the litigation department where her focus is on the defense of corporations, retailers, and insurance companies in matters related to personal injury trucking accidents, workers' compensation, and premises liability disputes.

Attorney Fenlator received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Connecticut in 2007, where she was inducted into the International Honor Society for Psychology, Psi Chi.  Additionally, she received her Juris Doctor form the University of Connecticut Law School in 2011.  While in law school, Shanique served as the Notes & Comments Editor for the Connecticut Insurance Law Journal; participated in mock trial and the criminal appellate clinic; and was elected to the Moot Court Board after advancing as a Quarter Finalist in the William H. Hastie Moot Court Competition.

Shanique is committed to her personal obligation of being a civil servant and is active in the community.  She serves as a Cooperating Attorney for the Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund -- a non-profit organization that provides pro bono legal services to individuals in the practice area of immigration. 



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