Livia D. Barndollar

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Ms. Barndollar is a Past President of the Connecticut Bar Association and the Immediate Past Chair of the Family Law Section of the Association. She has been a member of the Executive Committee of the CBA Family Law Section since 1996 and has served as the Section’s Treasurer, Secretary, Continuing Legal Education Officer, its Vice Chair and Chair.

Ms. Barndollar has served as the senior topical editor for family law of the Connecticut Bar Journal since 2000, recently publishing a survey of significant cases in family law over a five+ year period, in the Journal.  Ms. Barndollar was the Editor in Chief of the Bar Journal from 1994-1997, has served as an editor of the Journal for 25 years and as its Senior Topical Editor for family law since 2000.  She is also serving as an editor at large of The Family Advocate, published by the Section of Family Law, American Bar Association.  She has also been published in the Connecticut Lawyer and in the Connecticut Law Tribune. Ms. Barndollar has been named a Connecticut Super Lawyer® , in Family Law every year since 2007.

Actively involved in State bar activities for many years, Ms. Barndollar has served as the Secretary, Vice President, President-Elect, President and Immediate Past President of the Connecticut Bar Association, on its House of Delegates and Board of Governors, as the chair of the CBA Pro Bono Committee and the Legislation Review Committee as well as of the Connecticut Council of Bar Presidents. She has served on numerous CBA task forces, was the co-chair of the Solo and Small Firm Section and a member of the CBA Publications Committee, both for multiple years. Currently, she serves on the CBA’s Standing Committee on Professionalism and its Standing Committee on a Fair and Impartial State Judiciary, a committee that she appointed when she was President of the Association. She is the chair of the Task Force on Civics Education in Connecticut schools and is serving a second year as a member of the CBA Nominating Committee, a committee she chaired last bar year.  She is a Sustaining Life Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation, serves on its Board, currently as the Chair of its Nominating Committee,   and is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors.  She has lectured on topics other than family law, often including professionalism and the rule of law, to the bar in these different roles, and has delivered a number of addresses at the request of the Supreme Court such as for Law Day 2009 and several of the new admittees’ induction ceremonies.

Ms Barndollar is presently in her second term as a State delegate to the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association, served a three year term on the Board of the New England Bar Association and was a member of the National Conference of Bar Presidents from 2006-2010.  She is a member of the American Counsel Association, and on its Board of Directors and was an ex officio member of The American Law Institute.

Ms. Barndollar has served or is serving as a family special master to the Regional Family Trial Docket for contested custody cases, the Bridgeport, Stamford and Milford Judicial Districts.  Ms. Barndollar served on the Judicial Performance Evaluation subcommittee of the Chief Justice’s Strategic Plan in 2008-2009.  Ms. Barndollar has contributed her time to legal services for the poor, being honored at the Connecticut Legal Services annual meeting for her contributions to the development of legal services funding during the 2009 legislative session, has represented indigent clients, was a founding member of the environmental group, SoundWaters, and served on the Board of Directors of the Stamford YWCA, including its Domestic Violence Center board.  She is also proud to be a volunteer to the Truancy Intervention Project, a Connecticut Bar Foundation project.

Admitted

1981

State of Connecticut

1983

United States District of CT

1990

Supreme Court of the United States

Education

1978

Trinity College, Phi Beta Kappa, High Honors

1981

Villanova University School of Law, JD

Professional Organizations
& Awards

2009

Connecticut Bar Association Service Award

2009

Isaac Hecht Client Protection Award (co-recipient with CBA)

2008

Connecticut Legal Services Annual Recognition Award

2006

Connecticut Bar Association Service Award

Lectures

2010

Moderator and Presenter/Bar Association as Litigant, New England Bar Association Annual Meeting

2010

Panelist, Attorney General Debate

2010

Presenter upon request at informational session of select Commissions on Aging and Children (status of law on grandparents’ visitation and custody rights)

2009

Speaker: Supreme Court Law Day Ceremony, 2009

2008

Moderator/Organizer: Psychological, Psychiatric and Custody Evaluations

2008

Speaker, Bench/Bar Professionalism Symposium

2008

Speaker, Supreme Court New Admittees Ceremonies

2006

Presenter, Connecticut Bar Association Annual Meetings

1997

Presenter, Connecticut Bar Association Annual Meetings

1996

Presenter, Connecticut Bar Association Annual Meetings

1995

Presenter, Connecticut Bar Association Annual Meetings