CT Supreme Court postcard, 1910
CT Supreme Court Historical Society



On July 8, 2005, Special Act 05-5 "An Act Incorporating the Connecticut Supreme Court Historical Society" authorized the incorporation of the Connecticut Supreme Court Historical Society as a nonprofit corporation with the purpose of promoting and preserving the state's judicial and constitutional tradition through scholarship, memorials, publications and education. 1940's Postcard of the CT Supreme Court - click here to see more
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2023 Law Day Contest
The Connecticut Supreme Court Historical Society is pleased to announce its annual Law Day celebration and its written entry or art/song/video competition for high school students. This year's Law Day theme is “Cornerstones of Democracy: Civics, Civility, and Collaboration.” As explained by the ABA: “In recent years, tensions in our democratic system have revealed deep divisions in American society. These divisions are aggravated by incivility in public discourse and insufficient understanding among many people about the Constitution and the way American government works. Together, however, we can collaborate to overcome our differences, resolve our disputes, and preserve our democracy and republic.” The submission deadline for the contest is April 17, 2023; additional information and entry forms are in the linked documents.

For more information about the contest, please review the following:

2023 Law Day Contest Information
2023 Law Day Entry Form

Connecticut Supreme Court Historical Society's First Newsletter
The Connecticut Supreme Court Historical Society is pleased to announce the publication of its first newsletter, under the direction of its editor, Attorney Harry Weller.

November 10, 2021, Workers Against the City: The Fight for Free Speech in Hague v. CIO
Professor Donald W. Rogers, a Society board member, addressed a virtual gathering of the Society about the 1939 decision of the United States Supreme Court, Hague v. CIO, which constitutionalized the fundamental right of Americans, including labor organizers, to assemble and speak in public places. Building on his recently published book on the topic, which has been described as "clear-eyed and comprehensive," Professor Rogers' analysis revised the view of a milestone case that continues to affect Americans’ constitutional rights today. His discussion revealed how transformative New Deal-era developments in municipal governance, union organizing, labor politics and constitutional law dominated the conflict, and how assembly and speech rights changed according to judges' reaction to this historical situation.

Click here for a link to a recording of Professor Rogers' remarks. A copy of Professor Rogers' book may be ordered from this link to the University of Illinois Press.

January 12, 2021, The Life of John Hooker, Reporter of Judicial Decisions
Connecticut Superior Court Judge Henry Cohn addressed a virtual gathering of the Society about the life and career of John Hooker, the Connecticut Supreme Court's Reporter of Judicial Decisions during the late nineteenth century. Highlights included Hooker's oft-quoted obituary sketch of Chief Justice Park in 68 Conn. 591, and his heavy involvement with the decision of the Supreme Court in the case of In re Mary Hall, 50 Conn. 131, the first appellate case in the United States admitting a woman to the practice of law. Here is a link to a recording of Judge Cohn's remarks.

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