About Us/Board

Sheila Charmoy, President

Partner in the law office of Charmoy & Charmoy in Fairfield, Connecticut, Sheila Sinha Charmoy's practice focuses on family law, including divorce, custody issues, drafting pre and ante nuptial agreements, divorce mediation, post judgment proceedings, and appellate proceedings. She regularly appears as a Court appointed Guardian Ad litem in contested custody cases; as well as a Court appointed Special Master. She is a mediator, collaborative lawyer, as well as a litigator. Sheila works regularly in both the Bridgeport and Stamford Superior Courts.

Sheila's parents immigrated to the United States from India in the mid 1960s. She was born in Hinsdale, Illinois, a Chicago suburb, and grew up in many places where there were very few minorities. Often, she was often the only minority in the room. Sheila has observed both the incredible growth of the Asian population in Connecticut and their inability to get adequate representation in the judicial system. One of Sheila's primary goals is to help ensure that Asian Pacific Americans are adequately represented in our Courts, our government, and our educational system.

Sheila is a Commissioner for the Asian Pacific Islander Affairs Commission of Connecticut, where she was recently elected Secretary. She is also a member of the board for the South Asian Bar Association of Connecticut, and serves as Vice President of the Executive Board of SNEHA, an organization that assists South Asian women, particularly victims of domestic violence. Sheila graduated from the University of Bridgeport in 1995 and Quinnipiac University School of Law in 1999, and is an active member of the Greater Bridgeport and Connecticut Bar Associations, as well as the Collaborative Divorce Attorneys of Fairfield County.

Namita T. Shah, Vice President

Ms. Shah is a graduate of Boston University School of Law and has been an attorney with Day Pitney for the last 12 years. She practices in the areas of public and private finance. Her practice involves all aspects related to the issuance of governmental bonds, including disclosure, tax analysis and the negotiation of various agreements.

Her private finance work includes asset-based financing, mezzanine debt and bank loans. She is on Day Pitney's pro bono committee and hiring committee and is a member of the CT Bar Association, National Association of Bond Lawyers and the CT Government Finance Officer's Association.

Asha Rangappa, Secretary

Asha Rangappa is the Dean of Admissions at Yale Law School in New Haven, Connecticut, where she has worked since 2005. From 2002-2005, Asha served as a Special Agent in the New York office of the FBI, specializing in counterintelligence investigations. Her work involved assessing threats to national security, conducting classified investigations on suspected foreign agents, and performing undercover work. Asha graduated from Princeton University and was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study constitutional reform in Bogotá, Colombia.

She received her law degree from Yale Law School and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Juan R. Torruella on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She is admitted to the State Bar of New York (2003) and Connecticut (2003).

Suphi Philip, Treasurer

Suphi A. Philip graduated from Quinnipiac University School of Law and the School of Business in 2006 with a joint Juris Doctor and Master of Health Administration degree with a Health Care Compliance Certificate. Ms. Philip was admitted to the Bar of the State of Connecticut in 2008, and in 2010 was admitted to the Bar of the State of New York. As a law student, she was awarded a Distinguished Academic Achievement Award for Introduction to Representing Clients. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from Hofstra University in 2001.

Ms. Philip currently works for the Middlesex Superior Court Judicial District. She is a clerk to the Honorable Julia L. Aurigemma. She is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association and serves on the Executive Committee of the Young Lawyers Section.

Andy Corea, Director

Andy Corea is a member at the intellectual property law firm St. Onge Steward Johnston & Reens LLC in Stamford, Connecticut. He advises clients in all aspects of trademark and copyright law, including pre-filing counseling, prosecution, litigation, and licensing. He has represented clients in Federal District Courts as well as before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Before entering private practice in Connecticut, he served as a trademark examining attorney with the United States Patent & Trademark Office. He joined the SABAC Board of Directors in 2009.

Mr. Corea received his law degree in 1995 from the George Mason University School of Law, where he was on the board of editors of the law review and was named a Dean's Scholar. He earned his undergraduate degree in English Literature, with a minor in Economic, from the College of William & Mary in 1992.

Taruna Garg, Director

Ms. Garg is a commercial litigation attorney practicing in the areas of business litigation, bankruptcy and creditors' rights. She represents individual and corporate clients in a wide range of disputes including breach of contract, lender liability, financial workout, complex tort litigation and antitrust matters throughout all stages of litigation, settlement and alternative dispute processes. In her bankruptcy practice, Ms. Garg represents trustees, debtors (and their directors, officers and employees), lenders and other companies as secured or unsecured creditors in a variety of complex matters, including liquidation, reorganization, financial workout, turnover, fraudulent transfer, preference and mortgage-related actions. Ms. Garg has successfully prosecuted and defended cases involving breach of fiduciary duty against directors and officers, preferential transfers, fraudulent transfer actions, lender liability, protection of collateral, foreclosure, asset allocation and breach of contract disputes.

In May of 2010, Ms. Garg was chosen as a Diversity Hero by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and in April of 2009, was selected by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women as an Unsung Heroine. Ms. Garg has also been selected as a "Rising Star" by Boston Magazine every year since 2007.

Ms. Garg earned her Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, cum laude, from Boston University in 1999. She graduated from the Boston University School of Law in 2002, where she served as an editor with the American Journal of Law and Medicine.

Cecil J. Thomas, Director

Cecil J. Thomas has been a staff attorney at Greater Hartford Legal Aid, Inc. (GHLA) since 2006. During this time, he has represented hundreds of clients in housing, benefits, employment, and family matters. He has handled appeals and an amicus curiae brief before the Connecticut Appellate Court, and has appeared before a number of different courts and administrative forums. Cecil also serves as an adjunct instructor in the Department of Community Medicine and Health Care at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine .

Cecil has been a member of the board of directors of the South Asian Bar Association of Connecticut (SABAC) since 2007, and served as president of SABAC in 2008 and from 2010-12. Cecil was a recipient of the 2008 Connecticut Supreme Court Law Day Award for participating in efforts to improve diversity in Connecticut’s courts. He also serves on the board of the University of Connecticut School of Law Alumni Association, and speaks frequently about careers in public interest and pro bono service at the University of Connecticut School of Law. Cecil formerly served on the Connecticut Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Executive Committee, and on the board of the Center for First Amendment Rights.

Cecil received his Juris Doctor from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 2006. He graduated cum laude from Brandeis University in 2003 with a Master of Arts in American History, and a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and in History with honors.

Najia Khalid, Director

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