Co-Founder and Executive Director
Margaret Middleton serves as Executive Director of Connecticut Veterans Legal Center which she co-founded. She is also a Clinical Visiting Lecturer in Yale Law School’s Veterans Legal Services Clinic.
Previously, she was an Emerson Fellow at David Rosen and Associates in New Haven and a law clerk to The Honorable Janet C. Hall of the U.S. District Court in Bridgeport, CT.
She is a graduate of Cornell University and the New York University School of Law.
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A graduate of George Washington University National Law Center, Christy has an impressive resume in public interest law. Her previous experience includes working as Director of George Washington University’s Consumer HELP Bankruptcy Clinic, the Managing Attorney at Valley Legal Assistance, and the Deputy Director at New Haven Legal Assistance.
Christy has also worked as a Visiting Clinical Instructor at Yale Law School and served on the Board of Directors at the Columbus House and Washington Council of Lawyers.
Cindy Johnson is a Staff Attorney at Connecticut Veterans Legal Center. Prior to pursuing her dream to become a public interest lawyer, she had a 25 year career in Software Development. She is a graduate of University of Connecticut School of Law. While finishing her law degree, she interned with CVLC and could not bear to work anywhere else.
She is admitted to the Connecticut State Bar and is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association (CBA) . She is the Secretary for the Veterans and Military Affairs Section of the CBA.
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Darren works as a staff attorney for Connecticut Veterans Legal Center. He has focused his career on helping the less fortunate, motivating him to become a public interest attorney. Prior to this position, he was running a small practice focused on “low bono” representation.
He graduated from Quinnipiac University School of Law, has a Masters in Education from Hofstra University, and a Bachelors degree in sociology from the College of the Holy Cross. He is admitted to practice law in Connecticut, New York and Massachusetts.
Nicola Kelsey is a paralegal at Connecticut Veterans Legal Center. Nikki comes to us with a diverse legal background. Prior to this position, Nikki worked at the U.S. District Court clerk’s office as the Operations Supervisor in the Hartford division, and previously as a case administrator in the New Haven division. Before her time at the Court she worked for almost ten years as a paralegal at Wiggin and Dana LLP in New Haven and she worked over six years as a legal assistant for the Subway franchisor in Milford, CT. Nikki is a graduate of Wellesley College with a B.A. in history.
Howard R. Udell Staff Attorney
Millie VandenBroek is the Howard R. Udell Staff Attorney. She served as a Visiting Clinical Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School in the Veterans Law Clinic in Spring 2016. Prior to joining CVLC, Millie practiced law in Connecticut and Maryland, in addition to serving in leadership positions in the nonprofit sector. As an attorney, she worked in private litigation practice as well as in Baltimore City’s Mental Health Court as an Assistant Public Defender. Millie holds a law degree from Georgetown Law Center and a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Staff Attorney/Discharge Upgrades
Margaret Kuzma is CVLC’s newest staff attorney focusing on military records corrections (commonly referred to as “discharge upgrades”). Prior to CVLC, she worked as a Skadden Fellow at the Legal Assistance Foundation in Chicago, Illinois where she served low-income veterans and military families. Before deciding to become a public interest attorney, Margaret worked as the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator for Fort Benning and USAG Baumholder. Margaret received her J.D. from DePaul University, College of Law and her B.A. from Brown University. She is admitted to practice law in Connecticut and Illinois.
Carolyn Harriston fills the brand new Veteran Liaison position and is responsible for screening all veteran inquiries. Prior to joining CVLC, she worked as a bookkeeper for a local newspaper. Carolyn has worked for and volunteered for several non-profits in the past serving the at-risk. She is very pleased to return to the non-profit world, assisting service men and women. She attended Bowdoin and Albertus Magnus College, and has an MBA from Willamette University’s Atkinson Graduate School of Management.
Director of Development and Communications
Cara Cancelmo, a recent graduate of Skidmore College, joins CVLC as our new Director of Development and Communications. In college Cara developed her passion for social justice as a political science major and through her training as an interracial dialogue facilitator. She is excited to delve into the non-profit world and contribute to CVLC’s important work.