This afternoon, Professor Emeritus Colin Tait was celebrated for his many years of service to UConn Law and to the Connecticut legal community with the dedication of a white oak planted on the Law School campus in his honor. Tait, author of the "Handbook of Connecticut Evidence," has been a long-time champion of the environment having served as the Law School's first professor of environmental law. During his time teaching at the Law School, Tait was active in campus beautification during the annual Law School "Gardening Day" and was known to sign his memos as "Mr. Green Jeans."
Tait will be honored by the Connecticut Law Tribune this evening during its Honors Night 2014. Below is a exerpt from a recent story in the Connecticut Law Tribune about Tait and his many years of service to the profession.
"From the late 1970s through 1999, the first thing that many Connecticut lawyers did at trial was to take out a slim orange book and place it on the counsel table.
It was professor Colin Tait's "Handbook of Connecticut Evidence."
"This was the reference that everybody used, in the bar and on the bench; the starting point for any discussion of evidence," said Robert Adelman, a Bridgeport trial lawyer and evidence law scholar. "That was the evidence bible until the [new] code took effect on Jan. 1, 2000."