Report by Paula Antolini
May 6, 2018 11:19PM EDT
May 4, 2018
Rep. Will Duff Hails Approval of 1st African-American CT Chief Justice
HARTFORD- This week State Rep. Will Duff (R-2) voted to approve Connecticut’s first African-American Chief Justice, Richard Robinson.
Rep. Duff had the opportunity to meet new Chief Justice Robinson during a Connecticut Legislative Black and Puerto Rican Caucus gathering earlier in the week.
Rep. Duff said, “I have full faith in Justice Robinson to carry out the duties of Chief Justice in interpreting our state constitution and adequately applying our state law. I am proud to have cast my historic vote for Justice Robinson.”
Associate Justice Richard Robinson of the State Supreme Court was unanimously supported to be the next Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. In Connecticut the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court is not only the head of the State Supreme Court but also in charge of the state Judicial Branch.
Justice Robinson is a 61-year-old African-American Stamford native who was corporate counsel for the City in the 1990s. He’s been on the Connecticut bench since 2000. First as a Superior Court judge, then in 2007 he was elevated to the State Appellate Court. In 2013 Robinson was nominated and confirmed the State Supreme Court.
Justice Robinson fills the seat that was most recently held by Chief Justice Chase T. Rogers, who retired from the bench in February.
Rep. Will Duff is a member of the legislature’s Black & Puerto Rican Caucus.