By: Joel Alderman
Jack Montague’s lawsuit against Yale University and two of its Title 9 representatives has been assigned to the U.S. District Court in New Haven. Its location is just a “stone’s throw” from the Yale campus. Since it could have been assigned to one of the other Federal courts in Connecticut (Bridgeport or Hartford), the New Haven venue will be especially attractive to Yale students, faculty and the local media, who are expected to be following the events very closely.
By an ironic twist, the presiding judge in this case, in which all the parties are either Yale itself or Yale related, will be an alumnus of Yale’s arch rival, Harvard (1954). He is Alfred V. Covello, 83, of Farmington, Conn.
There’s more to this. Judge Covello received his law degree from Connecticut in 1960. Fifty-four years later, the UConn campus in Storrs was the scene of Jack Montague’s most memorable basketball moment, when he gave Yale a dramatic win over the Huskies on his 3-point basket in the last second.
To cap off this list of trivia about Judge Covello and this all-Yale court case, consider this. After serving in the Connecticut judicial system, including the state Supreme Court, for many years, he was nominated to the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut in 1992. Who was it that placed his name in nomination? President George H. W. Bush, Yale Class of 1948.
There is no implication here that the foregoing will have any affect on the court proceedings. It does, however, add a bit of color. The color, of course, is Yale blue.