Wiggin and Dana Partner Elected to the Connecticut Bar Foundation James W. Cooper Fellows Program

July 5, 2011


New Haven
 - Wiggin and Dana Litigation Partner and Co-chair of the Litigation Department, Alan Schwartz, was elected a 2011 Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation James W. Cooper Fellows Program.

The James W. Cooper Fellows Program was established to honor the leading members of the legal profession and the Judiciary in Connecticut. Membership in the Fellows is by invitation only and is evidence of professional distinction. Sixty-eight new Fellows were elected in 2011.

Mr. Schwartz received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1978 and a J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1981. He was admitted to the Connecticut Bar in 1981. He is also admitted to the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut (1982), and the Second Circuit Court (1994). Attorney Schwartz is a member of the Friends of New Haven Legal Assistance. He is also on the Executive Committee of the Connecticut Office of the Anti-Defamation League.

About the James W. Cooper Fellows Program
The Fellows Program, now in its 17th year, has 831 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. Finally, 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 purpose of the Connecticut Bar Foundation James W. Cooper Fellows Program is to promote 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. The Fellows help advance the mission of the Connecticut Bar Foundation to further the rule of law in Connecticut. This mission is based on the fundamental premise that the rule of law is essential to an orderly and just society and must be available to all, regardless of power or resources. The Foundation serves this mission in part by working to secure and administer a reliable and sufficient flow of funds to support legal services and access to justice for persons of limited means.