4th Annual GHLAF Celebrating Leaders for Justice Gala 2020

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Please join us at our signature fundraising event to help us continue

our work protecting the most vulnerable members of the community.

*Honor our 2020 Leaders for Justice

*Listen to our Keynote Speakers

*Learn more about our organization

Funds raised at the event are furthering the vital work of GHLA and our continued mission to achieve equal justice for poor people, work with clients to promote social justice, and address the effects and root causes of poverty. For 60 years we have increased access to the courts, advocated for fairness in the application of law, and broken down barriers and improved systems while practicing preventative law.  







Scroll down to see highlights from last years Gala!

 3rd Annual GHLAF Celebrating Leaders for Justice Gala 2019

In July 2019, 300 people joined the GHLA Foundation at the Gershon Fox Ballroom in downtown Hartford for a vibrant 3rd Annual CELEBRATING LEADERS FOR JUSTICE Gala. Vice President & Associate General Counsel at United Technologies Corporation and GHLA Foundation Board President Zack Osborn kicked off the evening, noting that the GHLA Foundation is the fundraising arm of GHLA, and works hard throughout the year to help provide equal access to justice to the lowest income residents of Hartford. The Foundation relies on the strength and passion of its large Board of Directors comprised of representatives of most of the area's premier law firms and corporations.

An-Ping Hsieh, recently retired General Counsel of Hubbell and former GHLA Board member, was honored as an Individual Leader for his longstanding and generous support of GHLA. Day Pitney LLP was honored as the Law Firm Leader for their decades-long financial and other support for legal aid. The Corporate Leader honor went to The Hartford, for their partnership with GHLA, and their commitment to strengthening neighborhoods, fostering stability and increasing economic opportunity.

Keynote Speaker former Attorney General of the United States Eric H. Holder, Jr. celebrated GHLA's and the honorees' commitment to equal access to justice. Invoking Dr. King's observation that "only when it is dark enough can you see the stars", Attorney Holder said "we see [those stars] in lawyers who use their energy and resources to help those who are in the greatest need. Lawyers who serve as an example for the rest of us, of what it means to use the power of the law to fight for the greater good."

Keynote Speaker Former US Attorney General Eric Holder

Linda Allard, Mike Casasanta, Kathy Tracy, Linda Woods, Jill Davies,
Lisa Levy, Maria Morelli-Wolfe, Ramona Mercado-Espinoza, Eric Holder,
Jamey Bell, Thamar Esperance-Smith, Ashley Purdy, Tess Reagan,
Christy Gill, Giovanna Shay, Sue Garten, Rafael Rodriguez Cruz,
Brian Moore, GHLA

Honoree An-Ping Hsieh; GHLA Vice President David Jones, UTC

Eric Holder; Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin

Eric Holder

UTC General Counsel Charlie Gill

GHLA Foundation President Zack Osborne, UTC

Honoree: The Hartford: Hank Hoffman, GHLA Board, The Hartford; Lisa
Levin, GHLA Foundation Board, The Hartford; Ricardo Anzaldúa,
GHLA Foundation Board, Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation;
David Robinson, The Hartford General Counsel

David Robinson

Honoree Tom Goldberg, Day Pitney

Tom Goldberg; Debra Ruel, GHLA Foundation Secretary,
Ruel Ruel Goings & Britt

Joe Scully, GHLA Foundation Board, Day Pitney; Candace Kronholm,
GHLA Foundation Board, UTC; Sara Hsieh; An-Ping Hsieh

Eric Holder; Jeannette de Jesús, Strategic Moves

Ginny Kim, UTC; Tammi Flowers, UTC; Tokunbo Akinbajo, Mass Mutual

Chuck Stohler, Carmody Torrance; Alan Bowie, Carmody Torrance;
Jamey Bell, GHLA; Stephanie Johnson, The Hartford

Eric Daniels, Robinson+Cole; Zack Osborne, UTC;
David Robinson, The Hartford; Steve Greenspan, UTC

Dara Goings, Ruel Ruel Goings & Britt; Sharon Pope

Andrea Barton Reeves, CT Bar Foundation President; Maggie Castinado,
Wiggin & Dana; Anne Goico, CBF; Liz Drummond, CBF

An-Ping Hsieh; Jill Davies, GHLA

Matt Wax-Krell, GHLA Board, Rogin Nassau; Calvin Woo, Verrill Law;
Rafael Rodriguez Cruz, GHLA

David Robinson; Jane Robinson; Eric Holder

Namita Shah, Day Pitney; Tom Goldberg; Eric Holder


Tokunbo Akinbajo, Mass Mutual; Joe A. Smith III, Law Offices of Joe A.
Smith; Jeffrey Johnson, John Hancock Insurance; Edward Lewis, Cigna
Investment Management; Richard Alleyne, The Hartford; Robert Griffiths,
Pratt & Whitney.

Emily Poulin, UTC; Ricardo Anzaldúa; Theresa Anzaldúa


Terence Shields; Kevin Barnett; Lisa Levin; Chelsea Momah; Anthony Salerno, Jr.;
The Hartford

David Robinson; Steve Goldman, GHLAF Board, Robinson+Cole

Roberto Zaccardelli; Lisa Zaccardelli, GHLA Board, GHLAF Board,
Hinckley Allen & Snyder; Jamey Bell

Joshua Hawks-Ladds, Pullman & Comley; Jonathan Kaplan, GHLAF Board,
Pullman & Comley; Michael Andreana, GHLA Board, Pullman & Comley

Don Hunt, The Hartford; Giovanna Shay, GHLA; Hank Hoffman, GHLA Board,
The Hartford

Thamar Esperance-Smith, GHLA; Eric Holder; Linda Allard, GHLA


Maria Morelli-Wolfe, GHLA; Eric Holder; Sue Garten, GHLA

Linda Woods, GHLA; Eric Holder; Brian Moore, GHLA

Eric Holder; Tess Reagan, GHLA

Enelsa Diaz; Giovanna Shay; Jill Davies; Kathy Tracy; Linda Woods;
Sue Garten; Mike Casasanta; Jamey Bell, GHLA