Charlene LaVoie has directed the Community Lawyer/Advocate Project in Winsted, Connecticut since 1990. The community law office is a resource for citizens that works to strengthen their self-governing capacities, resources and institutions to promote good citizenship, teach about democratic tools and provide free legal and technical assistance for select community causes. She has represented hundreds of citizens, helping them with a wide range of issues from the First Amendment to zoning regulations. The Connecticut Law Tribune wrote that the Office of the Community Lawyer is “one of the more powerful institutions to come down the pike”. Ms. LaVoie was raised in West Hartford, CT and is a graduate of Hartford College for Women (AA), the University of Bridgeport (BA/BS), New York University, (MPA) and Quinnipiac Law School (JD). As a trial lawyer in private practice, she specialized in employment law.