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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
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
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 Somin

The 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

2018 Law Day Contest
Ilya Somin

The Legacy of the Hon. Robert Glass The First African-American Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
5:30 p.m. reception - 6:15 p.m. program
Janet M. Blumberg Hall, University of Connecticut School of Law

A Discussion with
Hon. Charles Gill
Hon. Joette Katz
Hon. Flemming L. Norcott, Jr.
Hon. Richard A. Robinson
Attorney John Rose, Jr.

Sponsored by the Black Law Students Association
With support from the George W. Crawford Black Bar Association

2017 Law Day Art and Poetry Contest Winners

Team Art
"Wall of Protections" by Neci Moreau, Raegan Byrd, TaJane Thompson and Jonathan Torres, Journalism & Media Academy, Hartford

Individual Art
"Blending Opinions" by Darien White, Metropolitan Learning Center, Bloomfield

Team Poetry
"Equal Rights" by Rachel Lloyd and Kelesha Banton, Hall High, West Hartford

Individual Poetry
"One of Them" by Brandon Haughton, Hartford Public High Law & Government, Hartford

Law Day Program and Contest
About the Contest
Official Contest Rules
Entry Form
The Right to Equal Protection

Ilya SominThe Annual meeting of the Connecticut Supreme Court Historical Society

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

5:30 p.m.
New Haven Lawn Club

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Speaker, Philip Hamburger
Maurice and Hilda Friedman Professor of Law, Columbia Law School

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Ilya SominStatement of Chief Justice Chase T. Rogers
Justice Peter T. Zarella

I will miss Justice Peter T. Zarella as a colleague, a scholar and a judge wholly committed to the rule of law. Whether it was in Rockville, where he served as a Superior Court judge, at the Appellate Court or on the Supreme Court, Justice Zarella's judicial philosophy is simple: he follows the law of the state of Connecticut and the constitutions of the United States and Connecticut. A voracious learner, Justice Zarella's meticulous research skills are evident in all of his opinions. At the same time, he rightly views every case as different and of great importance to the parties involved. Justice Zarella is especially instrumental in his current role as the Administrative Judge of the Appellate System, where he has led the successful effort to implement e-filing for the Supreme and Appellate Courts. He also is a very effective ambassador in educating people about the courts and specifically, the role of the appellate courts. He is active with the Judicial Branch's Speakers Bureau and also was the founder of the Supreme Court Historical Society. Moreover, he refashioned the Attorney Swearing-In ceremonies, so that they are more meaningful to new attorneys and their families. These are but a small sampling of the activities he has been involved with over his 20-year judicial career. On a personal note, I consider Justice Zarella a true friend and will miss our spirited discussions regarding the law. I wish Justice Zarella nothing but the best as he begins this new journey.

Ilya SominFall Meeting
Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Refreshments 5:30 p.m. – Program 6:15 p.m.
The Hartford Club
46 Prospect Street, Hartford

Ilya Somin, Professor of Law
George Mason University & Contributor to The Volokh Conspiracy law and politics blog, affiliated with The Washington Post. More Information...

Prof. Murphy

Annual Meeting - Thursday, May 12, 2016
5:30 p.m. at The Hartford Club in Hartford

Co-sponsored by The Travelers Companies

Professor Sharon Ann Murphy will give a talk entited "How to Make a Dead Man: Murder, Suicide, and Insurance Fraud in Nineteenth-Century New England". More Information...
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Fall Meeting - Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Quinnipiac University School of Law

Honorable Jon Blue will discuss his recently published book: The Case of the Piglet's Paternity: Trials from the New Haven Colony, 1639-1663. More Information...  
Dr. Matthew Warshauer
Tenth Annual Meeting, Thursday, April 23, 2015
Speaker: Todd Brewster, author of Lincoln's Gamble.
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Fall Meeting at the UConn Law School, October 22, 2014
Cologne v. Westfarms Associates: A Thirty-Year Retrospective, Panel Discussion

Speakers Resnik and CurtisAnnual Meeting Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Seeing the Novelty and Vulnerability of Democratic Courts
Keynote Speakers:
Judith Resnik, Arthur Liman Professor of Law, Yale Law School
Dennis Curtis, Clinical Professor Emeritus of Law, Yale Law School
Winners of the 2014 Order of Coif Book Award
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Raymond E. BaldwinReception in Honor of the Publication of Raymond E. Baldwin: Senator to Judge, 1949-1950

Written by the Honorable Henry S. Cohn and Adam Tarr, Esq.
32 Quinnipiac L. Rev. 53 (2013)
Thursday, January 30, 2014
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Connecticut Appellate Reports Book
"And Then There Was an Appellate Court"

Fall Meeting - Thursday, October 24, 2013
Appellate Court, 75 Elm Street, Hartford

Dr. Matthew WarshauerAnnual Meeting May 2, 2013
Habeas Corpus, Martial Law, and the Partisan Mud of Emergency Powers

Dr. Matthew Warshauer is a Professor of History at Central Connecticut State University. The author of three books, he is a specialist on 19th century political and constitutional history. Continue... 

FALL PROGRAMLowell P. Weicker, Jr.
The Appointment of Judges and Justices:
Reflections of Governor Lowell P. Weicker, Jr.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012
The Hartford Club
46 Prospect Street, Hartford

The program featured Atty. Stan Twardy facilitating a discussion by Governor Weicker, reflecting on his judicial appointments and his thoughts about the process in appointing judges at all levels of the state and federal government. The event took place at the Hartford Club. See photos below.

Photos from event

Thursday, May 10, 2012 - Annual Meeting - New Haven Lawn Club
  • Speaker: The Hon. Judith Kaye, Former Chief Judge of the State of New York
  • Topic: Reflections on the "After-Life" of a Chief Judge

Thursday, May 12, 2011 - Annual Meeting - New Haven Lawn Club

  • Speaker: Heather Gerken, J. Skelly Wright Professor of Law, at Yale Law School
  • Topic: The Democracy Index: A First Step Toward Election Reform in Connecticut

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 - 100th Anniversary of the Opening of the Connecticut Supreme Court and State Library building

State Library and Supreme Court Building - 1910The Judicial Branch and the State Library are pleased to announce that they will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Connecticut Supreme Court and State Library building. This tremendous building, built in the Beaux Arts style, was listed as one of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Institute of Architect's top five favorite buildings.

The celebration will take place on Tuesday, November 30, 2010, with oral arguments being held at the Old State House, the Old Judiciary Room and the Supreme Court courtroom - the three places where the court has heard cases. These arguments will be attended by local students with an interest in law and will be broadcast on CT-N later on that day. After the oral arguments, there will be a reception in the Museum of Connecticut History from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Judicial Branch Press Advisory

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 - Fifth Annual Meeting of the Connecticut Supreme Court Historical Society - New Haven Lawn Club

Featured Speaker - Jeff Benedict
Award-winning Investigative Journalist and Best-Selling Author of Nine Books"Little Pink House" - book cover

In 2009, Mr. Benedict released LITTLE PINK HOUSE: A True Story of Defiance and Courage (Grand Central Publishing, January 2009), which chronicles the epic story behind the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on eminent domain in Kelo v. New London. Mr. Benedict will be speaking about the Kelo case at the Annual Meeting.

Cocktails will be available beginning at 5:30 p.m. and dinner is to be served at 6:30 p.m. An invitation/reservation form is available on the website (below) and will be mailed to all members in mid-April.


October 15, 2009: Historical Society's Fall Program

Where History Is Made: A Look at the Supreme Court Building

Palace of Justice and Learning, Second to None Extant

A talk and visual presentation concerning the construction of the building by Virginia Apple, IT Communications and Web Content Editor, Connecticut Judicial Branch and David J. Corrigan, Museum Curator, Museum of Connecticut History, Connecticut State Library.

This Truly Is a 'Supreme Courtroom'
A discussion concerning the interior decorations by James Senich, Manager of Communications, External Affairs, Connecticut Judicial Branch.


 June 12, 2009: Tour of the Connecticut State Archives
The Archives Committee has arranged for a tour of the Connecticut State Archives led by assistant State Archivist Bruce Stark Friday, June 12, 2009 at 2:00 p.m

The tour is open to all CSCHS members and will last approximately 1-1/2 hours and will showcase early Connecticut history and court records. The group will meet at 1:45 inside the entrance to the Supreme Court Building.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Barbara Heck (barbara.heck@yale.edu) so she may provide an accurate head count.


May 14, 2009: Annual Meeting - "Origins of American Constitutionalism,"
by Gordon Wood, Alva O. Way University Professor and Professor of History at Brown University. At the New Haven Lawn Club.


October 23, 2008: "The Unelected Governor: The Election of 1890"
A presentation by the Hon. Peter T. Zarella and Attorney Wesley Horton. More details - (PDF)


June 6, 2008:  200th Anniversary of our State Supreme Court

  • November 9, 2007: Tour the Superior Courts Records Center with the Archives Committee  More information...
  • November 3, 2007: Conference - The Constitution of 1818 And Beyond
    Daylong conference on Connecticut constitutional and legal history. University of Connecticut School of Law. More information...

  • October 11, 2007: Fall Meeting of Connecticut Supreme Court Historical Society
    Featuring: A Talk by the Hon. Henry Cohn on Connecticut's Early Constitutions
  • May 15, 2007 Deadline: The Constitution of 1818 and Beyond Call for Papers

  • May 10, 2007: Second Annual Dinner Meeting - with remarks by Seth P. Waxman, Esq.
    Attorney Waxman, who has delivered over 45 oral arguments before the United States Supreme Court, presently is a partner in the law firm of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr, and served as Solicitor General of the United States from 1997 through 2001.