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Justice Lubbie Harper Jr. receives the Lifetime Achievement Award

Thursday, November 14, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Gillian Fattal
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Chief Justice Richard Robinson presented Justice Lubbie Harper, Jr. with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the New Haven County Bar Association's Annual Dinner on October 3rd, 2019 and praised his extraordinary commitment to justice and equality.

Many friends and family joined almost 300 NHCBA members in honoring Justice Lubbie Harper, Jr. with many traveling to the dinner from out of state. His family wrote of their beloved Dad, Granddad, Uncle Lubbie and EB, "Congratulations on your Lifetime Achievement Award! You have made us all proud! Much love and appreciation from Christopher, Cohen, Corey, De Shynic, Dimitris, Ian, Jackson, Jared, Jeremy, Justin, Lane, Larry Jr., Lori, Lubbie (Biff), Lyjune and Naia."

Among the 1,200 NHCBA members of lawyers, judges and legal professionals, Justice Harper’s name is synonymous with the cause of diversity in the legal profession. He championed the importance of a legal profession that reflected all our communities long before diversity was on the minds of firm partners, bar associations and judicial departments. Since then, his contribution to the expansion of minorities in the legal profession has increased fairness in the legal system. Justice Harper has approached this lifelong ambition with efforts both within and outside of the legal profession: he is a long-time community activist and volunteer at countless organizations in Connecticut; he leads such initiatives as Connecticut's Representative to the National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts and serves as Chairman of the Commission on Racial and Ethnic Disparity in the Criminal Justice System, amongst many more leadership roles. 


Justice Harper has many awards and accolades including two doctor of law degrees, the Greater New Haven NAACP Legend Award, the New Haven Register's 2018 Person of the Year, the George W. Crawford Black Bar Association’s Trailblazer Award, the Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity’s Edwin Archer Randolph Diversity Award, and The Prince Hall Scottish Rite Masons’ Silver Eagle Award 


For generations to come, new lawyers will be inspired by his example and students will be motivated to change the world, whether it be Wilbur L. Cross High School students using the Library Media Center which is named in Justice Harper's honor or if receiving the University of New Haven Justice Lubbie Harper, Jr. Endowed Scholarship Fund - a fund designated primarily for inner city students from New Haven regardless of race or ethnic background.  


 Justice Harper was born and raised in New Haven, Connecticutgraduating from Wilbur L. Cross High School. Justice Harper currently sits by designation on the Appellate Court

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