Anthony V. DeMayo (1924-2012) of East Haven
The Honorable Anthony V. DeMayo of East Haven served in the US Army in India during WWII and later went on to earn an undergraduate degree from Yale University and a J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law. He practiced privately until 1977 and acted as public defender in New Haven County from 1966 to 1981, until he was appointed to the Superior Court.
He was active in the legal community, his membership including New Haven Junior Bar Association, University of Connecticut Law School Alumni Association and Law School Foundation, Lecturer in Law at the University of New Haven, He also served as the president of the Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund and helped pave the way for women to become fully fledged members of the Connecticut legal team.
Judge DeMayo served as president of the Connecticut Bar Association during the 1969-1970 bear year. He was a member of the Board of Governors, Pro Bono Committee, and Awards Committees as well as a CBA Sustaining Member. His commitment to pro bono was honored at the 2012 Annual Meeting when it was announced that the CBA Pro Bono Award was officially renamed The Honorable Anthony V. DeMayo Pro Bono Award. This honor was bestowed for his commitment to delivering legal services to the needy and a lifetime of distinguished service to the bar.
Judge DeMayo was also active in his own community, his involvement including the Foxon Recreation League, Past President of Family Services of New Haven, member of New Haven Philatelic Society, former New Haven Chairman and State Vice-President of the Kidney Foundation, past board member of the New Haven Community Council and Regional Mental Health Planning Council, president of the East Haven Historical Society, East Haven Lions Club, the founder of East Haven Kid's Stamp Club, former parish trustee and council member of the Church of St. Vincent De Paul, and former member of the East Haven Planning and Zoning Commission.
The Anthony V. DeMayo Pro Bono Awards were established in 2014.