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 Connecticut Supreme Court.
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2024 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. One winner (individual or team) in each category will receive a prize of $1000, and will be recognized by the Supreme Court during the annual Law Day ceremony on May 1, 2024. This year's Law Day theme is “Voices of Democracy." As explained by the American Bar Association, this year’s Law Day theme encourages Americans to participate in the 2024 elections by deepening their understanding of the electoral process; discussing issues in honest and civil ways; turning out to vote; and, finally, helping to move the country forward after free and fair elections. In this way, Americans ensure that our government remains responsive to the wishes of the people. We invite all Americans to join us to celebrate Law Day by lifting their voices to strengthen our democracy. The submission deadline is April 12, 2024; additional information and entry forms are in the linked documents.
For more information about the contest, please review the following:
2024 Law Day Contest Information
2024 Law Day Entry Form
Recent Events . . .
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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