Wilbur Cross High School Dedicates Library for Justice Lubbie Harper Jr.

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WILBUR CROSS HIGH SCHOOL DEDICATES LIBRARY IN HONOR OF RETIRED JUSTICE LUBBIE HARPER JR., 1961 WILBUR CROSS ALUMNUS
 
 
City and school officials gathered at Wilbur Cross High School on Thursday afternoon to dedicate the library media center in honor of retired Connecticut Supreme Court Justice Lubbie Harper Jr., who graduated from the school in 1961.
 
Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Reginald Mayo joined Wilbur Cross High School Principal Peggy Moore and students in welcoming Justice Harper to the school and leading the dedication ceremony.
 
“I am overwhelmed with deep gratitude and humbled by the fact that my high school alma mater would dedicate and name its library media center in my honor,” Justice Harper said.
 
Justice Harper was born and raised in New Haven. After graduating from Cross in 1961, he went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in 1965 from the University of New Haven. He was awarded a Master’s Degree from the University of Connecticut School of Social Work in 1967 and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1975. On May 13, 2012, Justice Harper received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the Quinnipiac University School of Law.
 
Justice Harper has a long and distinguished career and served as a Superior Court Judge and Appellate Court Judge before being nominated by Governor Dannel P. Malloy in February 2011 to serve on the Connecticut Supreme Court. Justice Harper was administered the oath of office as a Supreme Court Justice on March 16, 2011. Following his tenure on the Supreme Court, Justice Harper currently sits by designation on the Appellate Court.
 
“As a product of the New Haven Public Schools, Justice Harper demonstrates the values of hard work and dedication that are taught to New Haven children each day. Justice Harper has done so much for New Haven and we are lucky to have him; the dedication of the Wilbur Cross library is a very fitting and well deserved honor to bestow upon him,” Mayor DeStefano said.
 
“Justice Harper is an inspiration and a role model for so many young people in this community,” said Superintendent Mayo. “He is living proof to the students who walk the halls of Wilbur Cross, Hillhouse and every high school in New Haven that if you work hard enough and dream big enough, you can accomplish incredible things. It is an honor to dedicate the Wilbur Cross High School library in the name of Justice Harper.”
 
“Wilbur Cross takes pride in recognizing Justice Harper for his accomplishments as an  alumnus of Wilbur Cross High School, Administrator in New Haven Public Schools (Richard C. Lee High School) and as a Connecticut Justice,” said Principal Moore.
 
Justice Harper has continued to be engaged in the Wilbur Cross community by actively promoting student knowledge of the judicial process through holding State Supreme Court sessions at Wilbur Cross.
 
Prior to his judicial appointment, Justice Harper was engaged in the private practice of law for over 20 years, specializing in litigation, municipal finance, labor law, education and administrative law, arbitration and contract negotiations.  He represented the New Haven Board of Education as its principal lawyer in all matters related to labor relations and education law for approximately 20 years.
 
Justice Harper was president of the Board of Directors of the New Haven Legal Assistance Association for 12 years and a clinical tutor in the trial practice course at Yale University School of Law.  He has been a long-time community activist and volunteer who served as a board member of many civic and professional organizations, including the Shirley Frank Foundation, the Children's Museum of Greater New Haven, the Ulysses S. Grant Foundation, the Dixwell Legal Rights Association and the Urban League.  Justice Harper is a former member of the Board of Governors of the University of New Haven, the Board of Directors of the University of Connecticut School of Law Alumni Association and the New Haven Civil Service Commission.
 
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