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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Upcoming Events . . .
Recent Events . . .
2024 Annual Meeting
The Connecticut Supreme Court Historical Society held its 2024 Annual Meeting on Tuesday, May 14, 2024, at the New Haven Lawn Club. Deborah N. Archer, the Margaret B. Hoppin Professor of Clinical Law at New York University, and the current President of the American Civil Liberties Union, presented the keynote remarks about the historical use of transportation infrastructure to perpetuate racial inequities.

1940's Postcard of the CT Supreme Court - click here to see more
Historical Society President Wesley W. Horton with Professor Deborah N. Archer at the 2024 Annual Meeting

Corporate Members
The Connecticut Supreme Court Historical Society is grateful for the support of the following law firms and law schools who have supported our Society by becoming our first class of Corporate Members. Our gratitude goes out to:

Gold Level
Day Pitney LLP
Halloran & Sage LLP
Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP
Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder, P.C.
McElroy Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP
RisCassi & Davis, P.C.
Wiggin and Dana LLP

Silver Level
Robinson & Cole LLP
Shipman & Goodwin LLP

Academic/Non-Profit Level
University of Connecticut School of Law
Western New England University School of Law

2024 Law Day Celebration
The Connecticut Supreme Court Historical Society was pleased to co-sponsor the Supreme Court's annual Law Day Ceremony, which was held on Wednesday May 1, 2024. The 2024 Law Day theme was “Voices of Democracy," which 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.

The keynote speaker was Stephanie Thomas, who is Connecticut's Secretary of the State. The Historical Society also presented $1000 cash prizes to the student winners of its annual Law Day Art and Essay Contest, Marvi Pabrekar from Westhill High School in Stamford and Mariam Haroun from Madina Academy in Windsor. A recording of the event is available on the CT-N website.

For a copy of the Event Program with reproductions of the winning contest entries, click HERE. For a copy of Secretary Thomas' written remarks, click HERE.

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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