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Dedicated and Honorary Funds

The Anthony M. Fitzgerald Award for Excellence

In recognition of the dedicated service and outstanding achievements of a Connecticut nonprofit civil legal service provider or legal aid attorney(s)

Anthony M. Fitzgerald

The partners of Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP established the Anthony M. Fitzgerald Fund for Excellence ("Fund") to honor Tony Fitzgerald on the occasion of his retirement from the practice of law.  Tony was a “lawyer’s lawyer.”  He trained a generation of Carmody attorneys and earned the respect and admiration of his clients and colleagues.  Tony was a long-time supporter of the Connecticut Bar Foundation and was a Charter James W. Cooper Fellow.  Carmody lawyers and staff, friends, and others made the initial contributions to the Fund, and proceeds were 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.  It provides an opportunity to acknowledge the dedicated service and outstanding achievements of Connecticut nonprofit civil legal service providers or legal aid attorneys who demonstrate a commitment to the provision of zealous and skilled legal representation to low-income clients.  The CBF presents the award annually; in addition to being recognized, recipients receive a cash award.



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 solicits nominations from the James W. Cooper Fellows, and 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 for low-income clients in Connecticut. 



The Connecticut Bar Foundation presents the Anthony M. Fitzgerald Award for Excellence to a 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 providing skilled legal representation for low-income clients, including direct client or other activities that ensure that Connecticut citizens have legal assistance 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 justice for low-income residents of Connecticut.

For additional information, please contact the Connecticut Bar Foundation at or at 860-722-2494.