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 . . .
2021 Law Day Art and Essay Contest
The Connecticut Supreme Court Historical Society is pleased to announce its annual Law Day celebration and art and essay competition for high school students. This year's Law Day theme is “Advancing the Rule of Law, Now” and again has cash prizes of $1,000 for each of the winners, who will be recognized at the Supreme Court's Law Day ceremony on May 3, 2021. As stated by the American Bar Association, the 2021 Law Day theme is “Advancing the Rule of Law, Now.” As explained by the ABA: “The rule of law is the bedrock of American rights and liberties--in times of calm and unrest alike. The 2021 Law Day theme, Advancing the Rule of Law, Now, reminds all of us that we the people share the responsibility to promote the rule of law, defend liberty, and pursue justice.” The submission deadline for the contest is April 9, 2021; additional information and entry forms are in the linked documents.

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

Invitation Letter
About The Contest
Official Contest Rules
Entry and Release 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.

Recent Events . . .
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.

2020 Law Day: Annual Art and Essay Contest Winners
The Connecticut Supreme Court Historical Society is proud to announce the winners of its annual Law Day Art and Essay Contest. High school students from across Connecticut were asked to prepare artwork or essays addressing the following topic: "One hundred years after the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, what obstacles still remain for citizens seeking to exercise their right to vote, and how do we surmount them?" This year's essay winner is Christopher D'Inzeo, a senior at West Haven High School, for "Obstacles to Voting and Some Possible Solutions." This year's artwork winner is Jenna Henk, a junior at Norwich Free Academy, for "The Growth and Obstructions of Voting." Each of our winners has received a scholarship prize, and we look forward to recognizing them at a ceremony to be held before the Supreme Court.

2019 Fall Meeting
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
The Hartford Club at 46 Prospect Street, Hartford
Refreshments at 5:30 p.m. — Program begins at 6:15 p.m.
Speaker: Paul DeForest Hicks, Esq., The Litchfield Law School: Guiding the New Nation

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Connecticut Supreme Court Historical Society Annual Meeting
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
5:30 p.m.
New Haven Lawn Club, 193 Whitney Avenue, New Haven, CT
Speaker, Prof. Akhil Reed Amar
Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science, Yale University

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Connecticut Supreme Court Historical Society - Fall Meeting
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Refreshments 5:30 p.m. — Program 6:15 p.m.
The Hartford Club 46 Prospect Street, Hartford

Speaker: Jeanette Zaragoza De León
PhD Visiting Research Scholar, Yale Divinity School

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Save the Date and Call for Papers - The Connecticut Constitution
of 1818 and its Times: A Conference

Saturday, November 3, 2018
University of Connecticut School of Law
Hartford, Connecticut

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Ilya SominThe Annual meeting of the Connecticut Supreme Court Historical Society
Thursday, April 19, 2018
The New Haven Lawn Club

Speaker, Jeffrey Rosen
President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Constitution Center

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