The Hartford County Bar Association

The HCBA is a voluntary not-for-profit association of lawyers and judges in Hartford County, dedicated to promoting public service and furthering the principles of law and justice.


Judge Maxwell Heiman Memorial Award
The award is presented to a Hartford County lawyer in his or her first ten years of practice who exemplifies the high standards of service to the profession, ethics, scholarship and devotion to clients that were the hallmarks of Judge Heiman’s professional career as a lawyer and judge.

Hope C. Seeley – 1998
Eileen McCarthy Geel – 2000
Dennis F. Kerrigan –  2001
Robert F. Simpson – 2002
Michael C. Harrington – 2003
Richard F. Vitarelli – 2004
Campbell D. Barrett – 2005
Kenneth J. Bartschi and Karen Staib – 2006
Mark M. Porto – 2007
Denise V. Zamore – 2009
Jeffrey J. White – 2011
Cecil J. Thomas – 2013
Michael D. Goldfarb – 2015
Genea O. Bell – 2016
Meghan M. Sweeney – 2017

President’s Award for Excellence
This award is presented to member who has been engaged in the practice of law for more than 10 years, exemplifies the highest traditions of the legal profession, has performed significant services to the community at large, and exemplifies excellence and civility in his or her practice.

William R. Davis – 2001
Edwin Gordon Hebb, Jr. – 2002
Wesley W. Horton – 2003
Howard M. Klebanoff – 2004
Louis R. Pepe – 2006
Thomas J. Groark, Jr. – 2008
Honorable Marshall K. Berger, Jr. – 2009
Kathryn A. Calibey – 2010
Albert Zakarian – 2012
Francis J. Brady – 2014
Austin J. McGuigan – 2015
John C. Matulis, Jr. – 2016
Sharon L. Pope – 2017

John M. Bailey Memorial Award for Public Service
The John M. Bailey Memorial Award for Public Service (the “Award”) is awarded periodically by The Hartford County Bar Association (“HCBA”) to a worthy Hartford County lawyer who has demonstrated a sustained commitment to the highest ideals of the legal profession while in public service. Named in honor of former Chief State’s Attorney and past HCBA President John M. (“Jack”) Bailey, the award is intended to recognize public servants who, like Jack, make extraordinary contributions to our community by dedicating their professional lives to public service.

Mary Rose Palmese – 2005
Grace Caverno Feliu – (posthumously) – 2007
Margaret Moriarty – 2008
Sara L. Bernstein – 2010
Nora Dannehy – 2011
Attorney General George Jepsen – 2015
Timothy S. Fisher – 2016
Melissa A. Farley – 2017