Celebrating Our History


History of Women in the Legal Profession Project

At the turn of the 20th century, women lawyers were virtually unknown in Connecticut. By contrast, at the onset of the 21st century, women comprised 49% of the entering law school classes in the United States. In their time at the bar, women have become leaders in the profession at a pace out of proportion to their brief history and numbers.

In 1999, the Connecticut Bar Foundation James W. Cooper Fellows initiated the Oral History of Connecticut Women in the Legal Profession Project. The Fellows are creating a permanent historical photographic, audio and, video-taped record of the Connecticut legal profession's most memorable moments as women entered the field of law. Ann Rubin of Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP and the Hon. A. Susan Peck are co-chairing the History of Connecticut Women in the Legal Profession project. The Carmody firm will also play a leadership role and has committed to providing $20,000 to support the project. If you are interested in helping on this project, please contact us at ctbf [at] cbf-1 [dot] org (subject: History%20Project%20on%20Attorneys%20of%20Color) . To learn more about this project click here


History Project on Attorneys of Color

On April 13, 2012, the Connecticut Bar Foundation James W Cooper Fellows presented a remarkable symposium entitled “Our History, Our Future: Celebrating Attorneys of Color in Connecticut.”  The symposium was co-sponsored by the four associations for attorneys of color (George W. Crawford Black Bar Association, Connecticut Hispanic Bar Association, Connecticut Asian Pacific American Bar Association, and South Asian Bar Association of Connecticut).  It was designed to highlight and preserve the rich history of attorneys of color in Connecticut.  A key component of the symposium was the development of a comprehensive historical timeline which was on full display along the wall at the entrance to the moot courtroom at Quinnipiac University Law School where the symposium was held.


We have reproduced the timeline here for you to use as a resource to educate and inspire others in future events and studies. It is our wish that you continue to contribute to this rich and meaningful historical archive so others can have access to information on a greater number of attorneys of color and the historical context of their contributions. If you are interested in helping on this continuing project, please contact ctbf [at] cbf-1 [dot] org (subject: History%20Project%20on%20Attorneys%20of%20Color) .To learn more about this project, click here