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Attorney Vincent M. Marino Elected to the Connecticut Bar Foundation James W. Cooper Fellows Program

Attorney Vincent M. Marino of Orange was elected a 2017 Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation James W. Cooper Fellows Program.  “We are pleased to recognize our new Fellows for their distinguished services to our legal system and for their commitment to the principles of equal justice and the rule of law,” said James T. (Tim) Shearin, President of the Connecticut Bar Foundation.

The Connecticut Bar Foundation James W. Cooper Fellows Program was established to honor the leading members of the legal profession and the Judiciary in Connecticut, to promote a better understanding of the legal profession and the judicial system, and to explore ways to improve the profession and the administration of justice in Connecticut.  Membership in the Fellows is by invitation only and is evidence of professional distinction.  Seventy Fellows were elected this year.

Attorney Marino is a partner at Cohen & Wolf PC in Orange.  He received a B.A. from State University of New York at Binghamton in 1993 and a J.D. from Quinnipiac University School of Law in 1996.  He was admitted to the Connecticut Bar in 1996.  He is also admitted in New York, the United States District Court, District of Connecticut, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

He is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association, serving on the House of Delegates for District Nine (2016-Present) and the Greater Bridgeport BarAssocation.  Attorney Marino is a board member of the Orange Chamber of Commerce (2008-Present), the South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority as a Governor’s Appointment (2008-Present) Commission for Compensation of Elected Officials, Senate Minority Leaders Appointment (2010-Present).

He has received the following awards:  Connecticut Law Tribune: “New Leader of the Law” (2004), Business New Haven Rising Star (2009) and Milford-Orange Good Scout Award 2013.

Attorney Marino resides in Orange with his wife, Debra.  They have two children, Lauren and Jason.

Attorney Vincent M. Marino was honored at the James W. Cooper Fellows Reception at the Hartford Club on April 25, 2017.

The Fellows Program is now in its 22nd year.  In addition to lawyers in private practice, the group consists of U.S. Court of Appeals judges, U.S. District Court judges, Connecticut Supreme, Appellate, and Superior Court judges.  It also includes corporate counsel and attorneys at corporations, heads of associations and corporations, directors and attorneys at legal services agencies, and lawyers in government.  Further, it includes the deans, former deans, and professors of law at Connecticut’s law schools, past and current leadership of the Connecticut Bar Association, and numerous present and former government leaders.

The Program is named in honor of James W. Cooper, who was president of the Connecticut Bar Foundation from 1973 to 1975 and the Connecticut Bar Association from 1957 to 1958.  He was the recipient in 1982 of the Charles J. Parker Award for distinguished contributions to legal services for the poor.  Attorney Cooper taught at Yale Law School from 1930 to 1932 and was a senior partner of the firm of Tyler, Cooper and Alcorn in New Haven.  He left a generous bequest to the Connecticut Bar Foundation.

The Connecticut Bar Foundation is a philanthropic organization that develops and administers programs to enhance the understanding and improvement of the law and legal institutions, and it sponsors educational symposia.  The Foundation administers several programs including the Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts (IOLTA) and the Interest on Trust Accounts (IOTA) programs that provide funds for delivery of legal services for the poor.  Also, the Foundation administers the Judicial Branch Grants-in-Aid and the Court Fees Grants-in-Aid programs for legal services.

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