Tom Behrendt, J.D.

Tom served for many years as Legal Director of the Connecticut Legal Rights Project (CLRP). Since retiring, he has served as Counsel Emeritus with CLRP. Prior to coming to Connecticut, he was with Mental Hygiene Legal Service in New York State, where he was a founding member of its Special Litigation and Appeals Unit. Tom was recently was honored with the Charles J. Parker Legal Services Award from the Connecticut Bar Association (2018) and is a past recipient of the Spirit of the ADA Award (Americans with Disabilities Coalition of Connecticut, 2012).

Tom is a past president and long time member of NARPA's Board of Directors, and a board member of Disability Rights Connecticut. He was a founding board member of Advocacy Unlimited, and a past co-chair of the PAIMI Advisory Councils in Connecticut as well as in New York, where he was also active with Project Release and the Free Association.