The American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut is saddened to learn of the passing of George Hastings, a champion of civil liberties and longtime ACLU-CT board member, who died on
Andy Schatz, President*
Andy Schatz, of Westbrook, has been president of ACLU-CT since 2010 and has served as ACLU-CT’s representative to the ACLU national board and on the executive committee of the national board. A graduate of Cornell University and Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, he spent 30 years of private law practice primarily representing victims of fraud, during which time he also served as cooperating counsel for the ACLU and the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law as well as a board member of legal services organizations. He has chaired many community boards and committees and is currently active in community and faith-based organizing in central Connecticut.
Ben Solnit, Vice President*
Ben Solnit, of Morris, is a graduate of Wesleyan and Yale Law School and serves as vice president of ACLU-CT. He long practiced law in New Haven and has been a cooperating attorney with the ACLU-CT. He is currently a volunteer lawyer for Connecticut Legal Services in Waterbury and has served as president of New Haven Legal Assistance Association.
Zafar Rashid, Treasurer*
Zafar Rashid, of Avon, grew up in Pakistan and graduated from Punjab University in Lahore, Pakistan, before moving to the U.S., where he became a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries a member of the American Academy of Actuaries. He has held senior executive roles with large insurance companies, including positions as a chief financial officer, chief risk officer, and chief actuary. He heads Enterprise Risk and Value Management, a consulting practice providing risk advisory services. In addition to the ACLU-CT, he serves on the boards of a health center and two insurance companies.
Anne Hamilton, Secretary*
Anne M. Hamilton, of West Hartford, the secretary of the ACLU-CT Board, is a freelance journalist for the Hartford Courant, where she was formerly a staff reporter. A graduate of Harvard and the University of Connecticut School of Law, she practiced law with Connecticut Legal Services and with private firms. She also serves on the board of Hartford Habitat for Humanity.
Abdul Abdurahman, of West Hartford, is an attorney with a general private practice and a personal focus on immigration law. He grew up in Somalia, did undergraduate studies in Ankara, Turkey, and came to the U.S., where he worked in the insurance industry and received a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Central Connecticut State University and a law degree from Quinnipiac University. He has represented the government of Somalia and assisted that government at meetings with U.S. federal officials.
Margie Adler, of Westport, is Senior Associate Director of Admissions and Alumni Relations at the Yale School of Management. She received a B.A. from Harvard University, completed the General Course program at the London School of Economics, and earned a J.D. from Columbia Law School. She practiced law at Cleary, Gottlieb in New York and London with a focus on corporate law, international capital markets, and securities regulation.
Laura Victoria Barrera
Laura Victoria Barrera, of Farmington, a native of Colombia and a naturalized U.S. citizen, is a public health worker specializing in reaching medically underserved communities and has worked for many years for the State of Connecticut.
Rosa Browne, of Middletown, is Special and Breast and Cervical Coordinator Programs at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She is the ACLU-CT Affiliate Affirmative Action Officer as well as the affiliate’s representative on the National ACLU Board of Directors. A native of Panama and a naturalized U.S. citizen, she is the Connecticut State Conference of NAACP Branches Treasurer and also served as president of the Middlesex County NAACP Branch. In addition, she is the chair of the City of Middletown Affirmative Action Committee and a board member of Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Southern CT Inc.
Robin Chase, of Hartford, is a marketing professor and in sales. She graduated from Harvard and has an MBA from UCLA; and a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.
Patricia A. Ciccone, of Glastonbury, is Superintendent of Schools in Westbrook, Connecticut, an adjunct supervisor at Sacred Heart University in Connecticut, and an adjunct professor at the University of Missouri at St. Louis. For more than thirty years, she has served as a teacher, school administrator, and consultant in the community college system, and as superintendent and Associate Commissioner of Education. In 2013, she was named by Education Week as one of 15 national “Leaders to Learn From” for her work to develop positive climates and cultures in schools.
Amelie Clemot, Wesleyan University Chapter Representative
Amelie Clemot is a student at Wesleyan University in Middletown, where she is president of the school’s ACLU chapter. She is from New York City and is majoring in Government and Hispanic Literature.
David Cohen, of Stamford, is a lawyer focused on civil litigation in civil rights, immigration, and employment law and has served as cooperating counsel with the ACLU in many cases throughout his career. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School and has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America since 1991. He is currently Vice Chairman for Presidents in the Southern New England region of the Union of Reform Judaism. David is a trustee of the Claire Helsing Foundation, which supports nonprofit organizations, chiefly in Fairfield County.
Jeffrey Daniels, of West Hartford, is a consultant to nonprofit organizations and state and local governments on public policy, strategic planning, and board governance, with a career that has spanned journalism, public service, and small business ownership. He served more than one decade in the Connecticut government in various roles, including senior policy advisor in the Governor’s Office, as a healthcare regulator, and as a program director for the UConn Health Center. He has worked extensively with foundations on early childhood, justice reform, and health prevention. He is a post-graduate National Endowment for the Arts Journalism Fellow at University of Michigan and has a BS from Miami University (Ohio).
Sarah DiMagno, Yale University Chapter Representative
Sarah DiMagno is a student at Yale College, where she serves on the board of the college's ACLU chapter. She is from Lincoln, Nebraska, and is a former intern for the ACLU of Nebraska. She spent the summer of 2017 in New Haven, conducting economic research and working in the university’s Title IX office.
Michelle Duprey, of East Haven, is director of the Department of Services for Persons with Disabilities for the City of New Haven, where her responsibilities include monitoring compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and advocating for city policies that will benefit the disability community. She is a longtime disability rights and civil rights advocate and practiced law before joining the City of New Haven. She is a graduate of Bryant University of Smithfield, R.I. and the University of Connecticut School of Law.
Ned Farman, Southeast Chapter Representative
Ned Farman, of Old Lyme, is a founding member of ACLU-CT’s Southeast chapter. He taught history in independent schools for 40 years; has received several awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities; conducted field research in Asia, Eastern Europe, and the Middle Eas; and has been active in human rights and anti-war campaigns since the early 1960’s. He serves on the boards of the Connecticut Fulbright Association, Camp Hazen YMCA, the Old Lyme Historical Society, and the CT Harbor Management Association.
Aigné Goldsby is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and the University of Connecticut School of Law, where she was UConn Law’s representative on the ACLU-CT board. During her last year in law school, she was an intern in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice assisting attorneys with juvenile justice cases and police misconduct investigations. She is currently working as a trial lawyer for Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. She has frequently worked with high school students on mock trial and moot court programs. She has been a board member since 2016.
Allan Hillman, Greater New Haven Chapter Representative
Allan Hillman, of Hamden, is a lawyer who specializes in franchise, antitrust, and intellectual property law. He is a graduate of Columbia College and Law School. In 2006, he moved to Connecticut from Maryland and joined the Greater New Haven chapter of ACLU-CT, which he has since served as its president.
Diana R. Hossain
Diana Hossain, of Bolton, is a retired Professor of English as a Second Language and Spanish at Manchester Community College. She is actively involved with the Greater Hartford Muslim community on issues of interfaith dialogue, immigrants’ rights, peace, education, and volunteerism.
Rosetta Jones, of Montville, is a retired warden for the state Department of Correction and a former Montville town councilor. Her work in corrections received citations from the Connecticut General Assembly, Association of Police Commissioners, Council of Negro Women, Permanent Commission on the Status of Women, National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice, and others. She is vice president of the Garde Arts Center Board of Trustees and a member of the Raymond Hill library board.
Zach Kohl, of New London, is a graduate of the University of Missouri and the University of Connecticut School of Law, where he was co-president of the UConn Law School chapter of ACLU-CT and served as the chapter’s representative on the board. While in law school, he interned with the National ACLU for two summers, with Greater Hartford Legal Aid in their Education Unit, and with a private law firm on a pro bono prisoner civil rights matter. After serving as a law clerk to judges of the Connecticut Superior and Appellate Courts, he joined the law firm of Szilagyi & Daly, where he is an associate.
Margaret P. Levy
Margaret Levy, of West Hartford, is a graduate of Barnard College and the University of Connecticut School of law. She is a criminal defense lawyer who has been in solo practice since 1979 with an emphasis on women’s rights and prisoners’ rights. She has been a member of the ACLU-CT Board for more than 30 years.
Jonathan B. Orleans
Jonathan Orleans, of Fairfield, is a graduate of Hampshire College, the School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, and NYU School of Law, where he was an Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Fellow. He practices law in Bridgeport and focuses his practice on business litigation, employment law, and the representation of colleges and universities. He has served as cooperating counsel with the ACLU-CT in several cases and has been a member of the ACLU-CT Board since 1990, although not continuously. Jon has served as the affiliate's legal advisor since 2010.
Robert Post is the Sterling Professor of Law at the Yale Law School. He served as the Dean of Yale Law School from 2009-2017. He is a First Amendment scholar whose books include Citizens Divided: Campaign Finance Reform and the Constitution (Harvard University Press 2014); Democracy, Expertise, Academic Freedom: A First Amendment Jurisprudence for the Modern State (Yale University Press 2012); Prejudicial Appearances: The Logic of American Antidiscrimination Law (Duke University Press 2001); and Constitutional Domains: Democracy, Community, Management (Robert C. Post, Harvard University Press 1995). Prior to Yale, he taught law at University of California/Berkeley and was a First Amendment litigator in Washington, D.C.
Robert Rautio, of Brooklyn, Connecticut, is a paramedic who works as an EMS Supervisor in southeastern Connecticut. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Mortlake Fire Company. Additionally, he is a Clinical Educator specializing in paramedic studies and also certified as an American Heart Association BLS instructor. He teaches and coordinates classes in CPR, first aid, and emergency medicine. He is an active member of the American Humanist Association and engages in advocacy work outside the ACLU with GLAAD and the Human Rights Campaign.
Kenneth Speyer, Greater Hartford Chapter Representative
Ken Speyer has been a resident of New Britain and a practicing lawyer for more than 40 years. His experience includes providing legal assistance to prison inmates concerning civil liberties issues and other conditions of their confinement. Currently, he specializes in legal research and brief writing for law firms. He is on the board of directors of the Human Resources Agency of Greater New Britain and is involved with Foodshare.
Ramon Vega de Jesus
Ramon Vega de Jesus, of Canton, is a community liaison/behavioral health clinician with The Institute for the Hispanic Family/Catholic Charities in Hartford. He graduated with a B.A. in education from the University of Puerto Rico and holds an M.S. in physiology of exercise and cardiac rehabilitation from Springfield College and a Ph.D. in educational psychology with a concentration in counseling and specialization in multicultural counseling from the University of Connecticut.
Karen Warner, of Bloomfield, is employed as a residential caseworker and also maintains her own business as a marketing professional and events planner. She attended Temple University with a concentration in communications and marketing.
Katherine Zager is Business Manager at Mercy Housing and Shelter in Hartford, where she is responsible for the agency’s human resources functions. Prior to joining Mercy, Kathy worked at the Friends Committee on National Legislation in Washington, D.C., where she lobbied in support of genocide/atrocity-prevention policies, diplomacy with Iran, and ending U.S. wars.
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Jonathan B. Orleans