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Judge Lawlor is Appointed Probate Court Administrator

11/20/2001--Chief Justice William J. Sullivan announced today that Probate Judge James J. Lawlor has been appointed to serve as Probate Court Administrator. Judge Lawlor is presently serving as Probate Judge for the District of Waterbury, a position he has held since 1978.

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Judge Lawlor will succeed Judge F. Paul Kurmay who has served in the position since 1994. Judge Kurmay announced he was retiring in April. Judge Lawlor will take on his new position Feb. 1, 2002.

"I am pleased to make this announcement," said Chief Justice Sullivan. "Judge Lawlor is a man of integrity and compassion – someone who knows how to discharge probate responsibilities with a sense of discretion and sensibility. And, he has the credentials for this vital position in the judicial community."

Judge Lawlor had this comment: "The Probate Court Administrator carries a major portion of the responsibilities for the direction of the Probate Court system. I am pleased to have been considered and grateful for the opportunity to serve."

Having served the Waterbury Court for 23 years, Judge Lawlor added, "My experience in that Court lends favorably to the work to be done in the Administrator’s office. I hope that I can continue to have a positive influence and that influence will show in improving services to the communities throughout the State."

The Special Merit Committee, appointed to handle the process for filling the position, interviewed 13 candidates. The committee consisted of six judges and two attorneys. Two members of the committee are current probate judges while two members are former probate judges.

Included among his accomplishments, Judge Lawlor developed a computer database program for Waterbury Probate Court that was adopted by the Probate Assembly in 1985.

Judge Lawlor in 1998 also developed the Christopher Project; a program designed to provide services to children appearing before the court. For 12 years he has been a member of the Connecticut Probate Assembly Executive Committee, serving as its treasurer for nine years.

He is a graduate of Fairfield University and Boston College Law School. He was admitted to Connecticut State Courts in 1967, the Connecticut Federal District Court in 1969, and the U.S. Supreme Court in 1990.

Judge Lawlor has practiced general law in Waterbury since 1967. He organized the Lawlor Title Company, a title searching and abstracting business.


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