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Murtha Cullina Attorney Burt Cohen Elected to Connecticut Bar Foundation James W. Cooper Fellows Program

July 26, 2013

Hartford, Connecticut  – Attorney Burton B. Cohen of Guilford was elected a 2013 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 Peter Arakas, 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-seven new Fellows were elected this year. 

Attorney Cohen is a Partner at Murtha Cullina LLP in New Haven.  He received a B.A. from Trinity College in 1973 and a J.D. from Western New England College School of Law, summa cum laude, in 1984.  He was admitted to the Connecticut Bar in 1984.  He is also admitted to the Massachusetts Bar and the United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit. 

Attorney Cohen is a Member of the Connecticut Bar Association House of Delegates (2010 – present); Connecticut Bar Association Board of Governors (2012 – present); and the Connecticut Bar Association’s Public Utility Law Section Executive Committee (1995 – present) and Legislation Liaison (2007 – present).

Attorney Cohen is a Board Member for the West Haven Football Alumni Association as well as a Member and former Co-Chair of the New Haven Legal Assistance Association Friends Board.

Attorney Cohen received the New Haven Legal Assistance – Equal Access to Justice Award in 2012.  He was inducted into the West Haven High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009.

Attorney Cohen resides with his wife, Annie E. Cohen, in Guilford.  They have two children, Molly and Sam.

Attorney Cohen was honored at a reception at the Hartford Club on May 1, 2013.         

The Fellows Program, now in its 19th year, has 960 members.  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 counsels 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 Connecticut Bar Foundation is a philanthropic organization which 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 which 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.


Sandy Klebanoff, Executive Director, Connecticut Bar Foundation
Tel. 860-722-2494

Peter Arakas, President,
Connecticut Bar Foundation
Tel. 860-930-8678

Brad Saxton, Chair,
James W. Cooper Fellows Program
Tel. 203-582-3200

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