2016 Honorable Richard M. Marano Heritage & Awards Dinner
On November 9, 2016, CIABA hosted the first annual Richard M. Marano Heritage & Awards Dinner, which was named in honor of Judge Marano for his service to the legal community and as a way to say thank you for establishing CIABA on May 7, 1993. Judge Richard M. Marano was born and raised in Waterbury. He is a graduate of Fairfield University and Seton Hall University School of Law. As an attorney, Judge Marano was board certified as a criminal trial advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He was named “Waterbury’s Best Lawyer” in The Observer’s 2002 readers’ poll. In 2004, he was appointed a Superior Court Judge by Governor John G. Rowland and is presently sitting at Danbury Superior Court.
Judge Marano has been an active member of the Italian American community. He is a past president of the Waterbury Chapter of UNICO National, and was honored as Waterbury’s Honorary Italian Mayor on Columbus Day in 2001. He is a recipient of the Award of Merit from the Republic of Italy. He is also a past president of the Leonardo da Vinci Lodge, Sons of Italy, and received its da Vinci Award. Judge Marano served as a trustee of the Connecticut Sons of Italy’s Grand Lodge and received its Good Citizen Award. He founded the Connecticut Italian American Bar Association in 1993 and served as its first president.
Active in the legal community, Judge Marano served as president of the Waterbury Bar Association and the Connecticut Judges Association. He is a founding member and past president of the Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.
Judge Marano is a past president of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Waterbury, and the Connecticut Young Democrats. He served as a Waterbury alderman and commissioner. Active as a Boy Scout leader, he served as president of Housatonic Council, and is a recipient of the Silver Beaver Award and the National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award. Judge Marano is a trustee of the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, and he received the St. Joseph Medal of Appreciation from Archbishop Leonard Blair. He is the author of five books. Judge Marano and his wife Eileen are the proud parents of three children: Michelle, Rich and Christine.