Richard R. Brown and Kate W. Haakonsen have been named James W. Cooper Fellows of the Connecticut Bar Foundation. The Fellows of the Foundation nominate outstanding Connecticut lawyers, judges, and teachers of law to become Fellows. Fellows are selected based on their outstanding professional, public or private careers in which they have demonstrated extraordinary legal ability and devotion to the welfare of their Community, State and Nation and advancement of the legal profession.
The Connecticut Bar Foundation is a non-profit organization established in 1952 which works to ensure that the state's legal system is available to all, regardless of power or resources. The Foundation supports legal services to protect the interests of those who cannot afford private counsel. The Foundation administers the Interest on Lawyers' Trust Accounts and the Interest on Trust Accounts (IOLTA/IOTA) programs which provide funds for delivery of legal services for the poor. The Foundation also funds scholarships, based on financial need, for Connecticut students attending law schools in the state. In addition, the Foundation administers the Judicial Branch Grants-in-Aid and the Court Fees Grants-in-Aid programs for legal services.
In 1994, the Foundation established the James W. Cooper Fellows as the result of a generous bequest from James W. Cooper. The Fellows sponsor symposia and projects that enhance understanding of the role of law in society and promote the highest ideals of the legal system.