JRC: Council Members and Staff

Council Members and Staff


The Council consists of the following:


Three Superior or Appellate Court judge members
Three attorney members
Six public members
Two alternate judge members
Two alternate attorney members
Three alternate public members
Three alternate family support magistrate members
Three alternate workers' compensation commissioner members


Whenever the Council considers a complaint against a workers' compensation commissioner member, an alternate workers' compensation commissioner member replaces a judge member. Likewise, when the Council considers a complaint against a family support magistrate, an alternate family support magistrate member replaces a judge member.

At the present time terms of regular members are four years. A regular member may not serve consecutive terms.

Alternate members serve terms of three years and cannot serve consecutive terms as an alternate member. An alternate member could, at the termination of his or her term, be appointed a regular member.

The Chairperson and members are appointed by the Governor with the approval of the Legislature.

The names of the present regular and alternate members of the Council and the dates their terms expire are listed below.



(Four-year terms)


Attorney Members:

Martin B. Burke, Esq.


Barbara D. Aaron, Esq.


Richard T. Meehan, Jr., Esq.


Judge Members:

Hon. Joan K. Alexander


Hon. Barbara N. Bellis 



Hon. Frank A. Iannotti 



Public Members:

Vacancies (2)  


Patricia LeBel-Lasse


John Soto


Jay A. Dirnberger 



Lawrence Goldman



(Three-year terms)


Family Support Magistrate Members:

Hon. Frederic Gilman


Hon. Jane K. Grossman


Hon. Norma I. Sanchez-Figueroa


Workers' Compensation Commissioner Members:

WCC Scott A. Barton


WCC  Randy L. Cohen


WCC Jodi M. Gregg



Judge Members:

Hon. Kevin G. Dubay


Hon. John J. Nazzaro



Attorney Members:

Carl M. Porto, Esq.


Russell L. London, Esq.


Public Members:

Ervin Gerveni


Motkue Bowles


David A. Roche



**Regular/Alternate Members whose terms have expired will continue serve on the Council until Governor Malloy has appointed their respective replacement.**





HONORABLE JOAN K. ALEXANDER graduated from Yale University in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. In 1987, she received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law. She served as an Assistant State’s Attorney for the State of Connecticut from 1988 to 2000. In 2000, she was appointed a Superior Court Judge. Judge Alexander is currently the presiding judge in the Hartford Judicial District criminal court. She has also served as a criminal judge in New Haven, Waterbury, New Britain, and Litchfield Judicial Districts. She has been a member of the Judicial Review Council since March of 2012.


HONORABLE BARBARA BELLIS is a 1983 graduate of Boston College with a B.A. in Economics and Classics, and a 1986 graduate of the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law.  She was appointed to the Superior Court in 2003.  She is currently assigned to the Fairfield Judicial District in Bridgeport, Connecticut where she serves as the Administrative Judge, the Presiding Judge of Civil Matters, and the e-filing judge.  She serves on various committees including the Civil Commission and the Judges Advisory Committee on Electronic Filing.


HONORABLE FRANK A. IANNOTTI, a Judge of the Connecticut Superior Court for the past 19 years, currently serves as the Presiding Criminal Judge for both Pats A and B in the Judicial District of Ansonia/Milford.  Judge Iannotti was appointed to the bench in 1996, and since that time, has served terms as the Presiding Criminal Judge in the Judicial Districts of New Britain, Waterbury, New Haven, Middletown, Danbury, and Fairfield.

He has served as the President of the Judge's Association (2009-2010), on the Judicial Evaluations Committee (2010), and as the Co-Chair of the Victim Advisory Council (2000-2004).  He has also participated on the Sentence Review Division (1999-2010) and the Judicial Review Council (2005-2006) and (2015).  In 2010, Judge Iannotti was honored by the Bridgeport Bar Association as "Judge of the Year."

Before the Judiciary, Judge Iannotti was a Prosecutor with the Office of the Chief State's Attorney (1982-1985) and the New Haven State's Attorney Office (1985-1987). From 1987 to 1996, he was in private practice with the firm of O'Donnell & Iannotti, and then later with the Law Offices of Frank A. Iannotti.


Judge Iannotti received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Philosophy from Boston College in 1976.  He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Baltimore Law School in 1980.



ATTORNEY RICHARD MEEHAN, CHAIRMAN - Chairman Meehan's biography is currently unavailable. 

ATTORNEY BARBARA D. AARON is a principal in the law firm of Berman, Bourns, Aaron & Dembo.  Attorney Aaron received her Bachelor’s Degree from American University and her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School. Attorney Aaron began her career as a criminal defense attorney with the Legal Aid Society in Manhattan, New York. She returned to her home state of Connecticut in 1986 and has been in private practice ever since. Currently, Attorney Aaron’s practice is exclusively in the field of Matrimonial Law, with an emphasis on Mediation and Collaborative Law. 

Attorney Aaron is Co-Chair of the Hartford County Bar Association's Family Law Section and is on the executive committee of the Connecticut Bar Association's Family Law Section.  She serves as the current President of the Children's Law Center of Connecticut.  Attorney Aaron is one of the co-founders and past president of The Connecticut Counsel for Non-Adversarial Divorce.  Attorney Aaron is a lifetime fellow of the James W. Cooper Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation and has consistently been named a "Super lawyer" in New England and Connecticut Magazine.  She was appointed to the Connecticut Commission on Child Protection in 2009 and in 2013 to the Judicial Review Council by Governor Dannel P. Malloy.


ATTORNEY MARTIN D. BURKE, member of the Bar in Connecticut, New York and Maine, has been in general practice in Vernon since 1968, concentrating in Elder Law, Veterans’ Benefits, Estate Planning, Probate and Real Estate.  HE has served as Town Attorney in Vernon and Ellington and is now Assistant Town Attorney in Vernon.  A former member of the General Assembly representing Vernon, he also served as a member and chairman of Connecticut Law Revision Commission.  He has served as a member of the Statewide Grievance Committee, as well as local grievance committees, and is presently a member of the Judicial Review Council. 



JAY A. DIRNBERGER has been a resident of Westport, CT since November 2008, where he lives with his wife Molly.  Their son Jason is an independent filmmaker and lives in Brooklyn, NY.  Jay retired from business at the end of 2011.  Jay is active in several community organizations.  He is in his fourth year as a mentor to a freshman boy at Staples High School. He is the treasurer of the Westport Historical Society and is an active member of the Y’s Men of Westport/Weston.  He serves as the treasurer of one of the oldest commemorative military units in the United States called Gold’s Dragoons, which dates back to 1660. He has been an alternate and full public member on the State’s Judicial Review Council since 2009.  In that capacity he has participated in every meeting since early 2012.

Jay has over 35 years experience in the field of institutional and private investment management.  He has worked with some of the largest institutional funds in the United States and many prominent families and their financial advisors.  Notably he was Vice-Chairman of Julius Baer’s US based investment advisor, where he worked for 16 years.  Prior to his retirement in 2011, he was a managing director at Lyster Watson & Company, a New York investment advisor.

Jay received his B.A. in History from the University of Buffalo in 1966 and an MBA from New York University in 1977.  He served in the US Army from 1965 through 1970, where he was an Infantry Captain.  He flew helicopters in Vietnam with the 1st Calvary Division and was the Aide-de Camp to the Commanding General of the 18th Airborne Corp at Ft. Bragg.  He is the former Treasurer and Chairman of the Finance Committee of the United Nations International School.  He served as the president and treasurer for this New York City apartment cooperative for over 20 years. 


PATRICIA LEBEL-LASSE is a litigation paralegal at the Law Firm of Pullman & Comley, LLC. She supports the firm's Chairman and litigation department with complex commercial and business disputes in a variety of areas in both state and federal courts.  Since joining the firm in 2001, Patricia has implemented new business processes in the areas of electronic data discovery, litigation support and trial technology.  She is a Certified E-Discovery Specialist (CEDS), a Certified Trial Specialist, and a member of her firm's technology committee.

Patricia was appointed as a public member of the Judicial Review Council by Governor Dannel Malloy in 2013 for a term of four years.  She received her A.S. Degree, Cum Laude, in Paralegal Studies from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT.  She resides in Milford, CT with her husband Peter and their dog, Mr. Biscotti.

JOHN SOTO - Mr. Soto's biography is currently unavailable. 

LAWRENCE GOLDMAN - Mr. Goldman's biography is currently unavailable. 


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