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Samuel Vail Schoonmaker, III

Samuel Vail Schoonmaker, III, American lawyer. Bar: Connecticut 1961, United States District Court Connecticut 1961, United States District Court (southern and eastern district) New York 1964, United States Court 2nd District Court of Appea circuit) 1964, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1965. Named to New England Tennis Hall of Fame, United States Tennis Association.

Background

  • III, Samuel Vail Schoonmaker, was born on September 1, 1935 in Newburgh, New York, United States. Son of Samuel V. Junior and Catherine (Wilson) S.

  • Education

    • Bachelor magna cum laude, Yale University, 1958. Juris Doctor, Yale University, 1961.

    Career

    • Associate Cummings & Lockwood, Stamford, Connecticut, 1961-1970, co-managing partner, 1987-1990, managing partner, 1990-1994, chairman executive committee, 1987-1996. Founder, president Schoonmaker George & Colin, Professional Corporation, Greenwich, since 1996. State trial referee Connecticut Superior Court, 1989.

      President Schoonmaker Family Association, New Paltz, New York, 1975-1977.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: Connecticut 1961, United States District Court Connecticut 1961, United States District Court (southern and eastern district) New York 1964, United States Court 2nd District Court of Appea circuit) 1964, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1965.

    Works

    • Senior topical editor Connecticut Bar Journal, 1977-1981. Member editorial board Fairshare and American Journal Family Law, since 1992. Contributor articles to professional journals.

    Membership

    Chairman Connecticut Child Support Commission, 1984-1986. Member Connecticut Family Support Committee, 1986-1990. Member Darien (Connecticut) Republican Town Committee, 1974-1976, representative town meeting, 1990-1998.

    President Youth Tennis Foundation New England, Needham, Massachusetts, 1975-1977. President New England Lawn Tennis Association, 1977-1979 (Man of Year award 1979). President, trustee Huegenot History Society, since 1999.

    Fellow American Academy Matrimonial Lawyers Connecticut (board managers, Distinguished Service award 1988), International Academy Matrimonial Lawyers, American Bar Foundation. Member American Bar Association (chairman family law section 1982-1983), Connecticut Bar Association (chairman family law section 1971-1974), Connecticut Business and Industry Association (board directors 1993-1998), Southwest Connecticut Business and Industry Association (board directors 1990-1997), Public Defenders Association (chairman), Wee Burn Country Club (Darien, Connecticut, assistant secretary), Yale Club (New York City), Phi Beta Kappa.

    Personality

    Interests

    Tennis, platform tennis.

    Connections

    • Married Carolyn Peters, September 18, 1965. Children: Samuel V. IV, Frederick P.
    • father: Samuel V. S. Junior
    • mother: Catherine (Wilson) S.
    • spouse: Carolyn Peters
    • children: Samuel V. IV III
    • Frederick P. III
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    Born September 1, 1935
    Nationality

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