Biographies of Panelists/Moderators

Listed in alphabetical order by last name

LEONARD C. BOYLE has served since 2009 as the Deputy Chief State’s Attorney for Operations of Connecticut, overseeing the specialized bureaus of the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney that investigate and prosecute matters including financial crimes, organized crime and gang activity, government corruption, Medicaid fraud, workers’ compensation fraud and complex criminal matters involving more than one judicial district. He also oversees the bureaus responsible for representing the State before the Connecticut Supreme Court and the Connecticut Appellate Court in appeals of criminal convictions and in the state and federal appeals courts on petitions for writs of habeas corpus. Attorney Boyle began his law enforcement career as a police officer in the Town of East Hartford and subsequently became an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut (including serving as Chief of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office).  From 2004 to 2007, Boyle was Commissioner of the State of Connecticut Department of Public Safety, and he later served as Director of the Terrorist Screening Center for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Washington, D.C. 

ROBERT J. DEVLIN has served as a judge of the Connecticut Superior Court since 1993 and is currently assigned to the Fairfield Judicial District courthouse in Bridgeport. In 2010 Judge Devlin was appointed Chief Administrative Judge for the criminal division of the Superior Court. His duties include: representing the Chief Court Administrator on matters of policy affecting criminal matters; soliciting advice and suggestions from judges and others on matters affecting criminal matters; advising and assisting other judges assigned to criminal court; and advising and assisting administrative judges in the implementation of polices and caseflow programs. A former federal prosecutor, Judge Devlin was a member of the prosecution team that secured convictions of the hierarchy of the New England mob, and as result, the U.S. Attorney General in 1992 recognized him as one of America’s outstanding federal prosecutors.  As a Superior Court judge, Judge Devlin has presided over a number of notable trials, including the murder trial of Beth Carpenter in New London, and the penalty trial of Russell Peeler in Bridgeport. Judge Devlin also has served on several Judicial Branch committees, including the Committee on Judicial Ethics and the Criminal Jury Charge Committee. He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut Law School.

KEVIN T. KANE is the Chief State’s Attorney of Connecticut and the administrative head of the Division of Criminal Justice, the independent agency of the executive branch of state government that is responsible for the investigation and prosecution of all criminal matters in the State of Connecticut. Attorney Kane has a long and distinguished career as a trial prosecutor and administrator. Since beginning his career as a Connecticut prosecutor in 1972, Kane has tried numerous criminal cases to verdict as well as having argued numerous appeals before the Connecticut Supreme Court and Connecticut Appellate Court. He previously served as the State’s Attorney for New London County. Among the notable cases he has prosecuted are State v. Michael Ross and State v. Beth Carpenter. As Chief State’s Attorney, he serves on various boards and commissions critical to the operation of the criminal justice system.

MICHAEL P. LAWLOR is the newly appointed Undersecretary for Criminal Justice Policy of the Connecticut Office of Policy and Management.  Previously, Attorney Lawlor served as a State Representative in the Connecticut General Assembly and from 1995-2010 as co-chair of the General Assembly’s Judiciary Committee. Attorney Lawlor played a key role in passing the victims rights’ amendment to the state constitution and he was a leader in enacting a number of workable gun control laws, rewriting and toughening the state's domestic violence laws protecting women and children, reforming and strengthening the juvenile justice system, addressing racial disparities in the criminal justice system, passing laws ending discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, and addressing recidivism and prison overcrowding. Attorney Lawlor is also a Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of New Haven.  He is a graduate of the George Washington University School of Law in Washington, DC.

LINDA K. LAGER has served as a judge of the Connecticut Superior Court since 1992.  Since June 2010 she has served as the State’s chief administrative judge for civil matters.  In this position Judge Lager represents the chief court administrator on matters of policy affecting the Civil Division of the Judicial Branch, including soliciting advice and suggestions from judges and others on matters affecting the Civil Division as well as advising and assisting judges in the implementation of new laws, policies, and caseflow programs.  From January 2006 to August 2010 Judge Lager was the Administrative Judge for the New Haven Judicial District. Judge Lager also chairs the Judicial Branch’s Jury Committee, the Civil Commission, and the Commission on Civil Court Alternative Dispute Resolution, and she serves as vice chair of the State’s Judicial Ethics Committee. Prior to her service on the bench, Judge Lager served as an Assistant State’s Attorney and later as an Assistant United States Attorney in Connecticut. She was previously a law clerk on the Appellate Session of the Superior Court of Connecticut and is a graduate of the Boston University School of Law.

TIMOTHY C. MOYNAHAN is a partner with the law firm of Moynahan & Minella in Waterbury, CT.  Attorney Moynahan has previously served as a member of the Board of Governors of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association.  He is a graduate of the Catholic University School of Law in Washington, DC.

NORMAN PATTIS is the founder of the Pattis Law Firm, a Connecticut-based criminal defense and civil rights firm that focuses on violent felonies, white collar crimes, sex offenses, drug crimes, and misconduct by lawyers, doctors, and government officials.  He has defended capital murder cases and won federal civil rights verdicts for police brutality, false arrest, discrimination, malicious prosecution, and violations of rights, including several million-dollar discrimination verdicts. He is a columnist for the Connecticut Law Tribune, a prolific blogger (, and author of a forthcoming book, Taking Back the Courts (Sutton Hart Press).  His writings of relevance to this forum include: Time Is Right To Change Wasteful SystemConn. Law Tribune, Mar. 1, 2010;  It’s Time to Reform Jury Picking ProcessConn. Law Tribune, Nov. 2, 2009; How About Accountability Statements for JuriesNorm Pattis Blog, Dec. 24, 2010; and Romeo, Juliet and Jury NullificationNorm Pattis Blog, July 14, 2010.

SARAH FRENCH RUSSELL is an Assistant Professor of Law at Quinnipiac University School of Law.  She came to Quinnipiac from Yale Law School, where she served as Director of the Arthur Liman Public Interest Program and taught in the prisoners’ rights, criminal defense, and Supreme Court clinics. Before teaching at Yale, Russell worked at the Federal Public Defender’s Office in New Haven where, as an assistant federal defender, she represented indigent clients in federal court at the trial and appellate levels.  While at that office, she litigated United States v. Savage, a Second Circuit case that led to a major reduction in the number of federal sentencing enhancements imposed in the District of Connecticut based on prior drug convictions. Russell’s interests include sentencing, the rights of prisoners and formerly incarcerated individuals, and the problems of access to justice.  Her most recent article, Rethinking Recidivist Enhancements: The Role of Prior Drug Convictions in Federal Sentencing, was published in the UC Davis Law Review. Russell clerked for Chief Judge Michael B. Mukasey in the Southern District of New York and for Judge Chester J. Straub on the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  She is a graduate of Yale College Yale Law School.

RICHARD A. SILVER is the senior partner of Silver Golub & Teitell.  He received his undergraduate degree from University of Pennsylvania and received his LLB from the University of Virginia Law School.  He has taught trial practice at the Yale Law School (adjunct).  He was the former chair of the Judicial Selection Commission, former President of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association and the American Board of Trial Advocates.  He is co-chair of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association Medical Malpractice Committee.  He is a member of the American Law Institute.  He has been listed in Best Lawyers in America under personal injury and medical malpractice for the last 20 years. Mr. Silver has lectured and written on diverse subjects such as medical malpractice, personal injury, products liability, trial techniques, business tort, and commercial litigation under the auspices of the Yale Law School, Quinnipiac Law School, the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association and the Connecticut Bar Association. 

SHELLEY R. SADIN joined Zeldes, Needle & Cooper in 1984 where she is a partner. Her practice focuses on complex civil litigation matters, criminal investigations, corporate compliance, regulatory matters, and criminal and civil trials and appeals. In 2004, she won a life verdict in one of the initial cases to be tried in the District of Connecticut under the Federal Death Penalty Act of 1994. At the appellate level, she recently filed an amicus brief on behalf of a group of scientists and physicians in DePierre v. United States, S.Ct. No. 09-1533, in which the Supreme Court will address mandatory minimum sentences for possessing and distributing cocaine base in violation of 18 U.S.C. §841.  In 2001 through 2003, in the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and then the United States Supreme Court, she argued Connecticut Dept. of Public Safety v. Doe, 538 U.S. 1 (2003), rev’g 271 F.3d 38 (2001).  Her role in the Doe case earned her one of the National Law Journal’s 2003 awards for pro bono lawyer of the year. Attorney Sadin attended Yale College and Georgetown University Law School.

CARL J. SCHUMAN has served as a judge of the Connecticut Superior Court since 1998, assigned primarily to conduct civil and criminal trials. Judge Schuman served in 2009 as chair of the Voir Dire Subcommittee of the Jury Committee of the Connecticut Public Service and Trust Commission. Judge Schuman and retired Justice David Borden are co-authors of a forthcoming article in the Connecticut Bar Journal entitled Panel Voir Dire in Connecticut: The Time is Come.  Prior to his service on the bench, Judge Schuman was an Assistant United States Attorney in Connecticut, Assistant State Attorney General, Assistant State’s Attorney, and adjunct lecturer in law at the University of Connecticut. He is a graduate of Harvard University and Duke University School of Law.