Attorney Garfield received his Juris Doctor in 1977 from the Western New England College of Law. He was an honors graduate and received several academic awards while studying law.
He began his career in public service with the Legislative Commissioner’s Office in 1978 where he advised the Elections Committee of the General Assembly on election law and legislative procedure. His performance earned him a resolution by the House and Senate for dedicated and competent service.
In July, 1979 he became the Executive Director and General Counsel of the State Elections Enforcement Commission, and has been the leader of the agency ever since.
In 1992, he was awarded the highest honor by the Council on Governmental Ethics Laws, an international organization comprised of federal, state and local governmental officials who enforce elections, ethics and freedom of information laws. He also served as President of this organization in 1985-1986, and as a member of its Steering Committee Long Range Planning Committee, By Laws Committee, Program Committee, and Nominations Committee.
He was co-author of a model Campaign Finance Law that was adopted by the Council on Governmental Ethics Laws and recommended as suggested state legislation by the Council on State Governments. Mr. Garfield has served in an advisory capacity to newly created election commissions in the U.S.
He has served on many state legislative and other election related advisory committees and task forces. Mr. Garfield's writings have also been published in professional journals. He has been selected for publication in “Who’s Who of Distinguished Leadership.”
Mr. Garfield served as counsel to the Campaign Finance Reform Working group consisting of Connecticut legislators. The efforts of this body contributed significantly to the enactment by the Connecticut General Assembly of the most comprehensive Campaign Finance reform legislation in the U.S. in December 2005.