Hon. Joseph P. Flynn and Family Scholarship Fund

Est. 2005 as a scholarship fund by Friends of the Ansonia Historical Commission to benefit graduates of Assumption School, Ansonia.

Hon. Joseph P. Flynn

In March 2005, the City of Ansonia's Historical Commission approved the commissioning of a portrait to honor native son, Honorable Joseph P. Flynn, in recognition of his outstanding service to his community, bar, and bench.

Judge Flynn has had a varied career in the legal profession and in public service. He was an attorney in practice with Joseph P. Buckley and the Honorable JoAnn Kiely Kulawicz and later with James E. Sheehy and Timothy P. Dillon.

Judge Flynn was born in Derby, son of the late Charles H. and Eileen Hennessy Flynn. He is a lifelong resident of Ansonia, where he resides with his wife, Marilyn Cronan Flynn and son Charles H. Flynn, II. He graduated from Assumption Grammar School in Ansonia and Notre Dame High School in West Haven. After earning degrees at Fair?eld and Georgetown universities, Joseph was admitted to practice before the Connecticut State and Federal Courts in 1965 and in 1966 before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. While a student at Georgetown, he was a sta? member for United States Senator Thomas J. Dodd in Washington and Hartford. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and the U.S. Naval Reserve, Judge Advocate General's Corps, to the rank of Lt. Commander, and was honorably discharged from both.

From 1967 until 1971, Judge Flynn served as Corporation Counsel for the Town of Seymour. As a sta? attorney for the Connecticut legislative Council of the Connecticut General Assembly, he authored legislation, which ?rst regulated use of Connecticut's coastal wetlands. As counsel to the Senate Minority leader, he was trial and appellate counsel for the plainti?s in Caldwell v. Meskill, 164 Conn. 300 (1973), which overturned a gubernatorial veto. Judge Flynn served as a State Senator from the 17th district from 1975-1979. In July 1985, he was appointed by Governor William A. O'Neill as a Judge of the Superior Court. From 1999 to 2001, he served as Deputy Chief Court Administrator. Thereafter, in 2001 he was appointed a Judge of the Appellate court and was subsequently appointed Chief Judge of the Appellate Court in 2006. He is a member and past president of the Connecticut Judge's Association, a member and past president of the lower Naugatuck Valley Bar Association and a member of the Connecticut Bar Association.

While the Ansonia Historical Commission sponsored this project, the portrait was paid for through private funding through the Friends of the Ansonia Historical Commission. Friends, colleagues, and associates were asked to contribute to this cause, and excess contributions made would fund a small endowment for scholarships at his Ansonia alma mater, the Assumption School. The portrait was unveiled and hung on Thursday, October 6, 2005 in the City of Ansonia's alderman's chambers. Christopher Dodd, United States Senator from Connecticut, expressed his sentiments by letter stating that "Judge Flynn worked in my father's U.S. Senate o?ce in Washington. His commitment, work-ethic, and sense of humor were evident at the time, as was the certainty of his future success."

Carol Starkey, a member of the Friends of the Ansonia Historical Commission, says, "I believe that this Fund will assist students, who, like Judge Flynn, are committed to the community and higher education."

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Hon. Joseph P. Flynn and Family Scholarship Fund