Hugh F. Keefe is a senior managing partner at Connecticut's Lynch, Traub, Keefe & Errante, P.C. For forty-six years, he has built a national reputation as a litigator who specializes in civil and complex criminal cases in federal and state courts. Mr. Keefe has taught Trial Advocacy at the Yale Law School
for thirty-four years (since 1979). He became the first attorney in the United States to be board certified in criminal as well as civil trial advocacy. Mr. Keefe earned that dual certification from the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) in 1980. The attorney has been re-certified by the NBTA in both fields every five years. Mr. Keefe was also certified in Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy on April 25, 2012. He is one of six attorneys in the country certified in three specialties by the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification.
In 1980, Mr. Keefe was chosen as a Fellow of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers. He was selected as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation in 1988. Since 1982, Mr. Keefe has served as a Special Master in the U.S. District Court. Since 1994, the top-notch attorney has served on the Quinnipiac University Board of Trustees. When the Editorial Board of the Connecticut Law Tribune was created in 1986, Mr. Keefe was selected as a charter member and he served on the Board until 2003. He has been a lecturer, moderator and/or panelist at several conferences and seminars supported by various law schools, Bar Associations, radio and television programs, Judicial Department training seminars, colleges and other groups throughout his legal career. Mr. Keefe has published many articles in various newspapers, magazines and legal journals. The attorney is a member of the New Haven, Connecticut and American Bar Association and the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association.
Mr. Keefe has served in a number of roles involving the screening, grievance and selection process concerning judges. He has served as Chairman of the Judicial Review Council as well as the Judicial Selection Commission in the State of Connecticut. From 1986 to 1993, Mr. Keefe was a charter member of Connecticut's Judicial Selection Commission. In 2000, he was reappointed to the Commission and he was selected as Chairman the following year. In November 2006, Mr. Keefe was reappointed on the Judicial Selection Commission to a three-year term. From 1995 to 2000, he served on the Judicial Review Council, which handles complaints filed against state judges. Mr. Keefe served as Chairman of the Judicial Review Council from 1997 to 2000. He was also a member of the Federal Public Defender Appointment Committee in 2000 and he served as Chairman of the United States District Court's Magistrate Appointment Committee in 1995.
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