Cecil J. Thomas
Cecil J. Thomas has served on the Board of the South Asian Bar Association of Connecticut since 2007. He served as the organization’s president for four terms, in 2008 and again from 2010 through 2012. Cecil has chaired or co-chaired many of SABAC’s Committees, including its Annual Awards Dinner Committee (12 years), Public Interest Law Committee, Long Range Planning Committee, and Website Committee. Cecil envisioned the SABAC Endowed Fund Scholarship in 2014, and led its development and launch the same year. He has served as chair of SABAC’s Scholarship Committee since 2014.
Cecil is an attorney at Greater Hartford Legal Aid, Inc., where he represents low-income clients, predominantly in housing matters. He has counseled or co-counseled appellate and class action litigation resulting in significant victories on behalf of low-income Connecticut residents.
Cecil is the Vice President of the Connecticut Bar Association, having previously co-chaired its Diversity and Inclusion Committee for 4 years. Cecil is the current President of the University of Connecticut School of Law Alumni Association, and is a member of the Connecticut Law Tribune Editorial Board. Cecil has received the Connecticut Supreme Court Law Day Award, the Hartford County Bar Association’s Judge Maxwell Heiman Memorial Award, and the New Leader in the Law Award from the Connecticut Law Tribune. He has also been recognized among a group of distinguished alumni of the University of Connecticut School of Law in its 2019 “Gallery of Pioneers” photo exhibit.
Cecil received his Juris Doctor from the University of Connecticut School of Law. He graduated cum laude from Brandeis University with a Master of Arts in American History, and a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and History, with honors.