Connecticut’s Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity has announced that sponsorships are still available for the organization’s 15th anniversary celebration on Thursday, May 23, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Pratt & Whitney Hangar Museum, 423 Airport Ave., East Hartford. LCD was formed in 2003 to advance diversity in Connecticut’s legal community.

A sponsorship form for the 15th anniversary celebration is available here.

LCD will also host a networking event Tuesday, April 30, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the offices of member firm Pullman & Comley, 850 Main St, 8th Fl., Bridgeport. To make reservations, send an email to reception@pullcom.com.

Bar Foundation Awards

The Connecticut Bar Foundation’s annual meeting of the James W. Cooper fellows will be held Monday, May 6, at 6 p.m., at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville, featuring a keynote address by lawyer Reginald Dwayne Betts and awards, including the Distinguished Service Award to retired Connecticut Appellate Court Judge Anne C. Dranginis. The meeting is by invitation.

Betts, a former state prison inmate who earned his law degree from Yale Law School, made news recently when he was nominated by Gov. Ned Lamont to become a member of the state’s criminal justice commission. The writer and poet is now clerking for Judge Theodore McKee in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Dranginis of Pullman & Comley first practiced law at Rome and Case in Bloomfield and served for more than a decade as a principal at Hartford’s Rome McGuigan. She was the administrative judge in Litchfield from 1990 to 1994 and the state’s chief administrative judge for family matters from 1994 to 2000 before being appointed to the state’s Appellate Court. She was the first woman state’s attorney handling cases in Connecticut Superior Court. As a judge, she ruled on cases concerning the state’s assault weapons ban and the right to die. She also served as an administrative judge in the state’s family court practice. In 2006, she served on the Governor’s Commission on Judicial Reform.

Additional awards being presented by the foundation include the Legal Services Leadership Award to professor Jean Koh Peters of Yale Law School and special recognition awards to Quinnipiac School of Law and Dean Jennifer Gerarda Brown.