Fellows Selection Criteria

The James W. Cooper Fellows nominate outstanding Connecticut lawyers, judges, and teachers of law to become a Fellow. The Connecticut Bar Foundation then extends invitations to nominees who have been selected by the Fellows Nominating Committee and approved by the Fellows and the Board of Directors.

Fellows are selected based on their:

  • outstanding professional, public and private careers in which they have demonstrated extraordinary legal ability and devotion to the welfare of their Community, State and Nation
  • advancement of the legal profession


In order to be nominated as a Fellow, a person must be:

  • a member in good standing of the State Bar of Connecticut
  • a teacher of law regularly employed as such in the State of Connecticut who has been admitted to the Bar of any other state
  • a federal judge residing in Connecticut who has been admitted to the Bar of any other state
  • a person registered as an authorized house counsel as defined in Section 2-15A of the Connecticut Rules of Professional Conduct


Nominees who accept their invitation to become a Fellow commit to a pledge of $2,500 to the program. The Foundation recognizes Fellows at an annual reception in their honor and publicizes their selection.