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Dedicated and Honorary Funds

The Connecticut Bar Foundation James W. Cooper Fellows have created the following funds to honor colleagues who have made significant contributions to the practice of law in our state and to direct resources to meet specific unmet needs of our state's most vulnerable citizens. 

  • The Connecticut Innocence Fund was created to assist exonerees who have been recently released from prison based on proof of actual innocence of the crimes for which they were imprisoned. This is a tax-deductible fund to provide monetary advances to assist newly-released exonerees with immediate financial needs prior to awards of compensation from the State of Connecticut. The advances are loans that are repaid out of the exonerees’ compensation awards to replenish the fund.

  • The partners of Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP established the Anthony M. Fitzgerald Fund for Excellence to honor Tony Fitzgerald on the occasion of his retirement from the practice of law. The CBF draws on the fund annually to present the Fitzgerald Award for Excellence, which recognizes the dedicated service and outstanding achievements of a Connecticut nonprofit civil legal service provider or legal aid attorney(s).

  • The David A. Pels Homelessness Prevention Fund was established in June 2019 to benefit low-income tenants facing the threat of homelessness in Connecticut. The Fund was founded by attorneys at Greater Hartford Legal Aid, Inc. to honor the exemplary career and contributions of Attorney David A. Pels, one of the pioneers of landlord-tenant law in Connecticut.

  • The law school scholarship program established in his name honors Judge Warren Eginton's legacy of mentoring others in the legal profession.