On Friday, June 3, 2016, the Connecticut Bar Association’s Federal Practice Section participated in the unveiling of portraits of four retired U.S. Magistrate Judges at the Richard C. Lee Courthouse in New Haven, who have served the court of a combined period of over 100 years. These judges were Hon. Arthur H. Latimer, Hon. F. Owen Eagan, Hon. Thomas P. Smith, and Hon. Holly B. Fitzsimmons.
Among those offering remarks at the ceremony were James Ross Smart and Patrick A. Klingman, co-chairs of the CBA Federal Practice Section.
After opening remarks led by Chief Judge Janet C. Hall, U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut, the portraits were presented for each magistrate judge. Karen I. Clute, partner at Wiggin and Dana LLP (former law clerk of Judge Latimer), led the remarks for Magistrate Judge Arthur H. Latimer’s portrait presentation. He was identified as Connecticut’s first full-time U.S. magistrate judge as well as having two law degrees (one from the University of Oxford and the other from Harvard Law).
Next, Michael Gustafson, assistant U.S. attorney, District of Connecticut (former Law Clerk of Judge Eagan), introduced Magistrate Judge F. Owen Eagan's portrait presentation. Judge Eagan was recognized for serving as magistrate judge for over two decades and, upon retirement, founded the Canterbury Resolution Center, a mediation firm located in West Hartford.
The third portrait, for Magistrate Judge Thomas P. Smith, was introduced by Rowena Moffett, of Brenner Saltzman & Wallman LLP (former law clerk for Judge Smith). Judge Smith was acknowledged for being the longest sitting magistrate judge in the country and is currently serving the district as a recalled magistrate judge, with focus on settlements and mediation.
The presentations were concluded with Magistrate Judge Holly B. Fitzsimmons’s remarks, spoken by Alyssa Esposito, (former law clerk of Judge Fitzsimmons). Judge Fitzsimmons was cited as serving as a U.S. magistrate judge for nearly 22 years and as being a member of the Federal Magistrate Judges Association as well as the Raymond Baldwin Inn of Court.
The ceremony concluded with a reception that was held for all guests.
Pictured from far right, Patrick A. Klingman and James Ross Smart, co-chairs of the CBA Federal Practice Section
The unveiled portraits