Appoints New Chief Judge of the Appellate Court
Justice William J. Sullivan today announced that Appellate Court
Judge Joseph P. Flynn, 65,
will become the new Chief Judge of the Appellate Court. Judge
Flynn will succeed Judge William J. Lavery, who will become
chief court administrator on Feb. 1, 2006. Judge Flynn’s
appointment will take effect on Feb. 1, 2006, as well.
“Judge Flynn is an extremely
capable and dedicated jurist, and I am confident in his ability
to lead the Appellate Court,” Chief Justice Sullivan said. “He
has a long and distinguished career, as a lawyer and judge, and
this experience will serve the State of Connecticut and its
residents well, in his new position.”
See a complete
biography of Judge Flynn
and a summary of his career follows.
A Derby native, Judge Flynn
graduated from Fairfield University and Georgetown University
Law Center. He was admitted to practice before the Connecticut
state and federal courts in 1965, and in 1966 before the U.S.
Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Judge Flynn served in the U.S.
Marine Corps Reserve and the Judge Advocate General’s Corps of
the U.S. Naval Reserve. He was honorably discharged from both.
He was in private practice of law
in Ansonia for almost 20 years. During that time he was chief
counsel to the state senate majority leader from 1969–72 and to
the minority leader from 1972-74. He represented the 17th
District as a state senator from 1975-79. He also served as
corporation counsel for the town of Seymour from 1967-71.
Former Gov. William A. O’Neill
named him to the Superior Court in October 1985. He served in
nine judicial districts, was the administrative judge of the
Ansonia-Milford Judicial District and named deputy chief court
administrator in 1999. Former Gov. John G. Rowland nominated him
to the Appellate Court in 2001.
Judge Flynn is a member and past
president of the Connecticut Judges’ Association, member and
past president of the Lower Naugatuck Valley Bar Association and
a member of the Connecticut Bar Association.
Judge Flynn is married to Marilyn
Cronan Flynn of Waterbury. They are the parents of one son,
Charles, who is a Connecticut public school teacher.
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