Elicia Pegues Spearman Elected to James W. Cooper Fellows Program

23 Jun 2011 9:55 AM | Anonymous

Congratulations to our Silver Star President, Attorney Elicia Pegues Spearman. 

Press release issued by the Connecticut Bar Foundation on June 23, 2010:





Attorney Elicia Pegues Spearman of Cheshire was elected a 2011 Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation James W. Cooper Fellows Program, according to Timothy S. Fisher, President of the Connecticut Bar Foundation.

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 this year.  “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 Attorney Fisher.

Attorney Spearman is a Human Resources Business Partner at Aetna Inc. in Hartford.  She received a B.A. from Wellesley College in 1987 and a J.D. from Case Western Reserve School of Law in 1990.  She was admitted to the Connecticut Bar in 1991.  She is also admitted to the bars of Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Washington D.C., and the United States Supreme Court.

Attorney Spearman is a member of the George Crawford Black Bar Association.  She also served on the following organizations: Theta Epsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. as President; Children in Placement (CASA affiliate) as Board President; Lawyers For Children of America as a Board Member; and on the Executive Board for the Hartford Stage.

Attorney Spearman has received many honors and awards including: the Phenomenal Woman Award 2009, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.; the Professional Award 2007, The New Haven Club of National Association of Negro Business Professional Women’s Club, Inc.; the CWRU Law Alumni Association's Distinguished Recent Graduate Award (11/2000); the FBI Dedicated Service Plaque (2/1998); and the Community Service Award, Legal Advisor to the Miss Black Connecticut Scholarship Pageant (4/1995). She was featured in the following publications: General Counsel, New England (1Q 2009) "Reacting to Violence in the Workplace”; Connecticut Law Tribune’s 12/22/08 edition “Dozen Who Made A Difference in 2008”; and on the cover of General Counsel, New England (Q2 2005) "Diversity by the Numbers”. She is a published author in Dear Sisters, Dear Daughters Words of Wisdom from Multicultural Women Attorneys Who’ve Been There and Done That (Copyright 2000 American Bar Association).

Attorney Spearman resides with her husband, Livie, in Cheshire.  They have a daughter, Kaila. Attorney Spearman was honored at a reception at Bushnell Autorino Great Hall on May 10, 2011.  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 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.

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