About the Award


The award is named in honor of The Honorable Anthony V. DeMayo, who tirelessly fought for fundamental fairness and championed the legal rights of the poor and accused. The award recognizes CBA members who are not salaried employees of a legal aid or similar nonprofit organization. The recipients are selected based on their demonstrated dedication to the provision of legal services without expectation of payment to those in need.


Criteria

  • Handles matters of significant quantity, complexity, or duration
  • Willing to accept unpopular, unusual, or difficult matters
  • Consistently goes beyond the “call of duty” and inspires others to do the same
  • Has achieved an outcome which made either a significant difference in a client’s life or had a major positive impact beyond the individual matter
  • Displays extraordinary devotion to clinics, projects, or programming which serves the legal needs of the poor
  • Fosters pro bono work by others through mentoring, advocacy, support, or example
  • Otherwise demonstrates outstanding effort, commitment, sacrifice, or accomplishment


Past Recipients

2001
Diane Polan
Frederick W. Odell
Rosemary Bary
Meriden Law Firm of Weigand, Mahon & Adleman
Wanda  N. Negron
LoRaine J. LaMorte

2002
James W. Walsh
Sherwood Anderson
Penrose Wolf
Abram Heisler
Robin Ostlund

2003
Ira S. Mayo
George A. Reilly
Donald R. Hotman
Honorable F. Herbert Gruendel
Finola M. Harte

2004
Glenn A. Duhl
Peter A. Penczer
Robert Kapusta
Karyl Lee Hall
Mark P. Ssntagata
JoAnn Riccio

2005
Diane M. Fitzgerald
Timothy W. Bingham
Joseph K. Venishnick
Peter Arakas
Sandra P. Claffey
Karen P. Malenfant

2006
Nathana Beth Cook
John F. Lambert
Paul Garlinghouse
Sharon Pope
Pamela Elkow

2007
Catherine D. Mollica
Daniel J. Klaud
Anne Goldstein
Adler Pulda Meiklejohn and Kelly PC
Alan L. Rosner

2008
Jonathon E. Blaine
Jon E. Jessen
Elizabeth L. McMahon
Erick M. Sandler
Michael P. Shea
Laticia A. Mewborn
2010
Patricia N. Blair
L. Morris Glucksman
Amy Haberman
William A. Wenck
Jana Adams

2011
Janine M. Becker
Gail A. Bedoukian
Carole Masters
John F. Slane
Ashley M. Van Valkenburgh

2012
Allan P. Cramer
Anthony E. Ahern
Richard D. Harris
Edward J. Heath
Gregory N. Smith

2013
Alaine C. Doolan
Robert C. Hinton
Judith Hoberman
Geoffrey Naab

2014
Sean P. Barrett
Joseph Harry Bartozzi
James O. Craven
Peter D. Goselin
Thomas J. Dufour

2015
James D. Hirschfield
Norman K. Janes
Elizabeth L. McMahon
Michael Smiley
 
2016
Linda Bulkovitch
Craig Coulombe
Peter R. Knight
Isabella M. Squicciarini

2017
Richard W. Callahan
Daniel J. Foster
Eileen Jenetopulos
Bret Kupfer
Edward M. Kweskin

2018
Michael K. Conway
Thomas J. Farrell
John J. Houlihan, Jr.
Kyle LaBuff

About Anthony V. DeMayo (1924-2012)

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.