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Helen Zalkan Pearl

Helen Zalkan Pearl, American lawyer. Bar: Connecticut 1978, United States District Court Connecticut 1978. Recipient Book award for torts, American Jurisprudence, 1976, Women in Leadership award, Young Women’s Christian Association of New Britain, 1988, Veterinary Feminists American award, 2005.


  • Pearl, Helen Zalkan was born on September 12, 1938 in Washington, District of Columbia, United States. Daughter of George and Harriet (Libman) Zalkan.

  • Education

    • Bachelor with honors, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York, 1959. Juris Doctor, University Connecticut, Storrs, 1978.


    • Market research analyst Landers, Frary & Clark, New Britain, Connecticut, 1960-1961, managerial statistician, 1961-1962. Real estate salesperson Denuzze Company, 1966-1970. Property manager self-employed, 1970-1975.

      Legal assistant Attorney General Office, State of Connecticut, Hartford, 1978. Associate Weber & Marshall, New Britain, 1978-1983, partner, 1983-1999, Weber & Carrier, New Britain, since 1999. Hearing officer Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, State of Connecticut, 1980—1998.

      Special master Connecticut Judicial Department, since 1986.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: Connecticut 1978, United States District Court Connecticut 1978.


    Party affiliation: Democrat


    Denomination: Judaism


    New Britain representative to Central Connecticut Regional Planning Agency, 1973-1975, 1984-2008, chairman, 1990-1992. Active New Britain Board Financial and Taxation, 1973-1977, Connecticut State Ethics Commission, 2004-2005. Co-vice president Vassar Class, 2004-2008.

    Vice chair Connecticut Citizens Ethics Advisory Board, 2005. Founder, member Connecticut Permanent Commission on Status of Women, 1975-1982, board directors Human Resources Agency, since 2001, secretary, since 2009, others. Member American Association of University Women (president 1970-1972), Academy Women Leaders, Connecticut Bar Association, New Britain Bar Association, League of Women Voters (Connecticut specialist 1987-2004, local president 1995-1997, co-president since 2003, by-laws co-chair since 2008), Hartford Vassar Club (secretary since 2006), Phi Beta Kappa.



    Travel, theater, reading, cooking.


    • Married Jason E. Pearl, June 27, 1959. Children: Gary M., Esther H., Lawrence J.
    • father: George Zalkan
    • mother: Harriet (Libman) Zalkan
    • spouse: Jason E. Pearl
    • children: Gary M. Pearl
    • Esther H. Pearl
    • Lawrence J. Pearl
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