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The Honorable Louis J. Shapiro, a state referee and former Justice of the Supreme Court, died on February 8, 1991.
Justice Shapiro was born in New York City on February 7, 1905. He graduated from Hartford Public High School in 1923 and from Hartford College of Law in 1933. He was admitted to the Connecticut Bar in 1934.
Justice Shapiro began the private practice of law in the Unionville section of Farmington in 1934. He was appointed a judge of the Unionville Borough Court in 1939 and held that post for two years. In 1941, he was elected to the state House of Representatives, where he served until 1953. His tenure in the legislature included service as chairman of the Judiciary Committee from 1947 to 1950 and majority leader in the House from 1951 to 1953.
Justice Shapiro served as a member of the Commission to Revise the General Statutes from 1945 to 1949 and was Town Counsel of Farmington from 1948 to 1953.
In 1953, Governor John Lodge nominated Justice Shapiro to the Superior Court. He served as a member of the Judicial Council from 1968 to 1969 and was Chief Judge of the Superior Court from 1966 to 1970. In 1970, Justice Shapiro was elevated to the Supreme Court by Governor John Dempsey. From 1970 to 1980, he served as chairman of the State Board of Education and Services for the Blind. He became a state referee in 1975 and served as a state trial referee until June 30, 1990.