Anthony M. Fitzgerald Award for Excellence

The 2019 Anthony M. Fitzgerald Award for Excellence
By a Connecticut Legal Services Provider or Attorney

 

The Award

The partners of Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP established the Anthony M. Fitzgerald Fund (Fund) for Excellence to honor Tony Fitzgerald on the occasion of his retirement from the practice of law.  Tony is a “lawyer’s lawyer.”  He has trained a generation of Carmody lawyers and earned the respect and admiration of his clients and colleagues. Tony is a long-time supporter of the Connecticut Bar Foundation (CBF) and is a Charter James W. Cooper Fellow.  Carmody lawyers and staff, friends and others contributed to the Fund and proceeds from the Fund have been donated to the CBF to establish The Anthony M. Fitzgerald Award for Excellence.  The Award recognizes excellence in advocacy, a hallmark of Tony’s career.  The CBF will present the award annually.  In addition to being recognized, recipients will receive a cash award.

 

Nominations and Selection

Nominations are now open for the 2019 Anthony M. Fitzgerald Award for Excellence. The award recognizes the dedicated service and outstanding achievements of a Connecticut nonprofit civil legal service provider or legal aid attorney(s).  The CBF Awards Committee (Committee) solicits nominations from the CBF James W. Cooper Fellows may consider nominations from other sources. A nomination should describe specifically how the nominee has demonstrated excellence in the provision of zealous and skilled legal representation to low-income clients in Connecticut. 

The Committee will screen nominations and select the recipient(s). The CBF will present the 2019 Anthony M. Fitzgerald Award at the CBF Annual Reception on May 6, 2019.

For additional information, please contact Don Philips at the Connecticut Bar Foundation at don [at] cbf-1 [dot] org or at 860-722-2494.

 

Eligibility

The Connecticut Bar Foundation presents the Anthony M. Fitzgerald Award for Excellence Award to any legal service provider that currently receives an Interest on Lawyers Trust Account grant from the CBF (Grantee), or an attorney employed by, or who provides volunteer legal services through, a Grantee.  Access to justice is a fundamental right and legal aid providers and attorneys perform a crucial role in ensuring fair and equal access to those most at risk of being excluded from our legal system.  Without the zealous and passionate representation of civil legal aid providers, those who face the loss of basic human needs – including housing, safety from domestic violence, health care benefits, employment, and educational opportunities – are often ill equipped to protect their legal rights. The Anthony M. Fitzgerald Award for Excellence honors legal service providers and attorneys who demonstrate a commitment to the provision of zealous and skilled legal representation for low-income clients, including direct client or other activities that ensure that Connecticut citizens have legal representation when facing important civil legal concerns affecting their safety, health, shelter and survival.  Other activities may include implementing a new legal service program, project or service that expands access to civil legal representation for people of low income in Connecticut.
 

Click here to access the 2019 Anthony M. Fitzgerald Award for Excellence Nomination Form.

Click here to read the joint press release.