EXECUTIVE BOARD

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS

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JOY GARY

President

Joy Gary is an Assistant State’s Attorney for the State of Connecticut Division of Criminal Justice. She prosecutes criminal matters in the Judicial District of New Haven.

 

Joy graduated from Howard University, magna cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Psychology in 2012. She graduated from Touro Law Center with a Juris Doctor in 2015.

 

Joy worked as a Legislative Attorney in the Legislative Commissioners’ Office, where she drafted legislation and provided legal counsel to the members of the Connecticut General Assembly. Joy also worked as a Temporary Assistant Clerk in the New Haven Judicial District and a Special Deputy Assistant State’s Attorney at Geographical Area 23 in New Haven.

 

Joy serves as a member of the State of Connecticut Board of Examiners of Psychologists and the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen Board in New Haven. Additionally, Joy is a member of the New Haven Inn of Court.

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AZA GRAY MOSLEY

President-Elect

Aza G. Mosley serves as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of CT (Environment Area). Her previous experience was Counsel for the State of CT, Department of Insurance (2020-2022). Prior to that, she worked as Prosecutor for the State of
CT, Division of Criminal Justice (2018 – 2020). Before that position, she worked for Bendett and McHugh, P.C. as an Attorney specializing in foreclosure mediation (2013 – 2018). Aza taught Paralegal courses as an Adjunct for the State of CT Community College system. She serves in a variety of organizations. She is a Director on the Board of the CT Veterans Legal Center, a member of the Waterbury (CT) Chapter, The Links, Incorporated, and a member of Grace Baptist Church of Waterbury. In prior years she served the George W. Crawford Black Bar Association (Director & Chair of the Membership Committee 2018 -2020), Oliver Ellsworth Inn of Court (Barristers member 2016-2019), and CT Bar Association (Women and the Law Section 2017 -2018 & CT
Lawyer Advisory Committee 2018-2019).

Aza received her A.S. from Naugatuck Valley Community College, B.A. from the University of Hartford, and her J.D. from Ohio Northern University, Claude W. Pettit College of Law. She is a veteran, having served a stint in the U.S. Air Force after
graduating from Wilby High School in Waterbury, CT. Aza resides in Waterbury with her husband Mr. Sean Mosley and their daughter.

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MALLORI DEANNA THOMPSON

Vice President

Mallori Deanna Thompson is an associate attorney in the Business Litigation Group at Robinson+Cole. Prior to joining the firm, Mallori was the term clerk for Chief Justice Richard A. Robinson of the Connecticut Supreme Court. She received her B.A. in Comparative Women’s Studies from Spelman College and her J.D. & Human Rights Certificate from the University of Connecticut School of Law.

During law school, Mallori was a student representative in the Asylum & Human Rights Clinic and represented an asylum seeker in immigration court. She was also a Community Justice Fellow at Greater Hartford Legal Aid. Mallori served as the Editor-in-Chief of Volume 53 of the Connecticut Law Review, the Chief Administrative Officer of the Student Bar Association, and as a member of the Connecticut Bar Association’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

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GIDEON ASEMNOR

Treasurer

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.

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SALIHAH R. DENMAN, ESQ.,

Secretary

Salihah R. Denman is the founding member and Managing Attorney of the Law Offices
of Salihah R. Denman, PLLC. She is a graduate of Howard University School of Law
and earned an LL.M. from American University, Washington College of Law.
Ms. Denman is a private practitioner and Assistant Professor of Law at New York Law
School. She focuses her practice on Appellate Advocacy in the areas of general family
law, child welfare, juvenile delinquency/PINS and civil litigation in the Second and Third
Judicial Departments. Ms. Denman is also licensed to practice in Connecticut and the
Eastern and Southern Districts of New York. Prior to private practice, Ms. Denman
served as an Assistant County Attorney for the Westchester County Attorney’s Office,
Family Court Bureau and as an Agency Attorney for the Administration for Children’s
Services. Ms. Denman is certified as an Attorney for Children in the First, Second, and
Third Departments. She is certified as an Attorney for the Minor Child in Connecticut.
Ms. Denman also serves as the Program Director for the New York Legal Education
Opportunity Program (NY LEO), a pipeline program for students from groups
traditionally underrepresented in the legal field that have an undergraduate degree. She
also is a co-founder of the Pipeline Diversity Initiative, a pipeline program geared toward
exposing high school students to the law. Ms. Denman has served as a volunteer coach
for New York Law School’s Black Law Student Association’s Moot Court Team. She is
also a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.


She is the co-founder and co-chair of the Children and the Law Section of the
Metropolitan Black Bar Association, the first of its kind in an Affinity Bar Association in
New York. She serves as the Secretary of the George W. Crawford Black Bar
Association. She is co-chair of the Connecticut State Bar Association’s DEI Committee
and chairs its Future of the Legal Profession program. Ms. Denman sits on the Board of

Directors for the Westchester Black Bar Association. She is an active member of the
Executive Committee of the Appellate Advocacy Section of the Connecticut State Bar
Association. She mentors students through the Appellate Project. Ms. Denman was
recently appointed to the New York State Appellate Division, Third Department’s Office
of Attorney’s for Children Advisory Committee. Ms. Denman serves as a volunteer guest
lecturer for programs sponsored by the New York State Appellate Division, Second
Department and Office of Attorneys for Children and as a volunteer CLE Developer to
develop training programs for assigned counsel and Attorneys for Children. Ms.
Denman is the Connecticut State Coordinator for the National Association of Counsel
for Children. She is appointed to the Girl Scouts of Connecticut Board Development
Committee. Ms. Denman is an immigrant from Suriname and is fluent in Dutch.

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SHANIQUE FENLATOR

Director

Shanique Fenlator is an Associate Attorney in the Hartford Office of Freeman Mathis &
Gary, LLP. Her litigation practice is devoted to counseling and defending corporations,
transportation, and hospitality services providers against tort, negligence, and
catastrophic loss claims.


In the civil litigation sector, Ms. Fenlator routinely defends national retailers in various
premises and product liability disputes in both Connecticut federal and state courts. As
a member of the Transportation Law Practice Group, Ms. Fenlator also defends trucking
and commercial transportation companies against motor vehicle liability claims involving
personal injury and workers’ compensation claims.


Ms. Fenlator received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of
Connecticut in 2007, and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Connecticut School
of Law in 2011. While in law school, she served as the Notes & Comments Editor for the Connecticut Insurance Law Journal, the Secretary of the Black Law Students
Association, and was elected to the Moot Court Board after advancing as a Quarter
Finalist in the William H. Hastie Moot Court Competition.


In addition to her service to the George W. Crawford Black Bar Association, Ms.
Fenlator is an active member of the Young Lawyers Section and Workers’
Compensation Section of the Connecticut Bar Association. She volunteers as a pro
bono attorney at the Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund and the CBA’s
Lawyers for Libraries program, and currently serves on the Young Lawyers Executive
Committee as the Director of the Law School Outreach Program.  A lifelong resident of
Hartford, Ms. Fenlator proudly serves her community as a member of the Board of

Directors for the Blue Hills Civic Association and a volunteer at various non-
profit organizations throughout the city. 


Ms. Fenlator is honored to have been a member of George W. Crawford Black Bar
Association since she was a law student at The University of Connecticut, and is
personally motivated by its mission to promote and increase the number of Black
lawyers, judges, and legal professionals in the state of Connecticut.

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KOMLA MATREVI

Director

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.

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SHELDON POOLE

Director

Sheldon Poole is an associate in Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani LLP’s Hartford office and handles a wide range of litigation matters in state and federal courts with a focus on products liability, toxic tort, premises liability, retail and hospitality law (representing hotel chains), entertainment, and employment related matters. He also handles pro bono matters representing clients in claims alleging Civil Rights violations and claims involving domestic violence.

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TYLER WILLIAMS

Director

Tyler Williams is an associate at Berchem Moses PC in the Milford office. He is a member of the firm’s litigation group specializing in Commercial, Municipal, and Insurance Litigation as well as assisting in business services and commercial matters. Tyler graduated from Stonehill College in 2013 and obtained his Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 2018.

 

While attending the University Of Connecticut School Of Law, Tyler worked as a student attorney for the School’s Connecticut Urban Legal Initiative and was a member of the Connecticut Insurance Law Journal. Additionally, Tyler had the opportunity to work in-house for two large corporations.

 

Tyler is an active member of the New Haven Bar Association and Connecticut Bar Association. He also serves as an Executive Board Member for several local organizations.

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