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Chief Justice Appoints New Chief Judge of the Appellate Court

Judge Joseph P. FlynnChief 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.

For further information, please contact Rhonda Stearley-Hebert, manager of communications, at 860-757-2270.

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