Robinson Sworn In As First African-American To Lead Connecticut Supreme Court

HARTFORD, CT — Supreme Court Justice Richard A. Robinson was sworn in Monday as the first African-American Chief Justice in Connecticut’s history.

Robinson was sworn in by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy at a jammed-packed ceremony attended by family, friends, and the legal community.

Robinson was unanimously confirmed by the Senate and the House after Malloy’s earlier nomination of Supreme Court Justice Andrew McDonald to be Chief Justice failed to win enough support in the Senate.

Malloy has known Robinson for close to 35 years. The two worked in Stamford together and Malloy was the one who elevated him to the Supreme Court in 2013. Robinson was first appointed to Superior Court in 2000 by Gov. John G. Rowland and was later elevated to the Appellate Court in 2007 by Gov. M. Jodi Rell.

Malloy said Robinson “has served with distinction.”

“He will be a great leader of our judicial system,” the governor added.

Robinson, after being sworn in by Malloy, joked about the night he received a call from the governor about the position.

“When you called I thought it was an annoying robo call,” Robinson told the Malloy as the audience laughed. “But my wife told me to answer the call. She was right — again,” Robinson said, turning to his wife, Nancy and thanking her “for being my rock.”