Santa Energy’s John S. Santa presented with honorary degree at Fairfield U

John S. Santa received an honorary degree at Fairfield University’s 64th Commencement last Sunday.

Mr. Santa, after a 40-year career in marketing, finance and finally as CEO of Bridgeport, Conn.-based Santa Energy, now serves as an independent director for four private corporations.

His record as a community activist as well as his ongoing commitment to social justice and community service is substantial. He has served on many community boards in the past, such as the Inner City Foundation for Charity and Education and the Family Firm Institute. He is currently an active member of the Sentencing Commission of the State of Connecticut, the board of the Fairfield Museum and History Center, and the Center for Catholic Studies at Fairfield University.

He received the Paul Harris Fellowship from the Rotary Club of Fairfield Connecticut as well as the Volunteer of the Year Award from the State of Connecticut, Department of Correction.

In 2012, he received the Graymoor Award from the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement for his work on behalf of current and formerly incarcerated men and women. He has been recognized as a prophetic voice in the modern criminal justice reform movement.

He began his work in 1998, and by 2002 he and his colleagues founded Malta Prison Volunteers of Connecticut — now known as Malta Justice Initiative.

Their mission is to inform and educate the business, faith and academic communities about the opportunities available in criminal justice legislative reform.

His programs were embraced as the first and only national work of the American Association of the Order of Malta.

The Order now conducts prison ministry activities from coast to coast. Mr. Santa has also headed the inaugural capital campaigns at Lauralton Hall in Milford, Conn., and St. Joseph’s Manor in Trumbull, Conn. He is a founder of the National Oilheat Research Alliance, for which he was instrumental in putting a bill through Congress for its establishment.

Attorney honored by bar association

Career Service Award presented to Fairfield Attorney. Attorney Samuel L. Braunstein, a member of the Fairfield law firm of Braunstein and Todisco, P.C., a resident of Trumbull, was honored by The Greater Bridgeport Bar Association as recipient of the Career Service Award at its annual meeting on May 13, 2014. The Career Service Award is presented annually to an attorney who has devoted his/her professional life in the law to representing clients and community, while always upholding the highest ethical standards, demonstrating legal acumen and accomplishment and demonstrating public service to the Greater Bridgeport Community. Sam is AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell (for more than 20 years) and has been named among Connecticut and New England Super Lawyers in Tax Law by Connecticut Magazine. Sam’s practice concentration is in the areas of Taxation, Estate Planning, Business Organizations and Planning, Charitable and Non-profit Organizations, Acquisitions, Sales, Mergers and Succession Planning.