Thomas A. Bishop
Thomas A. Bishop was born
in New Rochelle, New York in 1941. He graduated from the University of
Notre Dame with a B.A. in history in 1963. Following his undergraduate
studies, Judge Bishop was on active duty as an Army Intelligence Officer
from 1964 to 1966.
He then attended Georgetown Law School
where he graduated in 1969 with a Juris Doctor; he was admitted
to the Connecticut Bar during the same year. He was admitted to the U.S.
District Court, Connecticut in 1970.
Before his appointment as a Superior
Court Judge, he was Managing Director of the New London firm of Suisman,
Shapiro, Wool, Brennan & Gray, P.C. and an adjunct Instructor of Law at
the University of Connecticut School of Law, teaching dispute resolution
and negotiations. Judge Bishop continues to teach at the University of
Connecticut School of Law as an adjunct
From 1989 until his appointment as a Superior Court
Judge, in addition to private practice, Judge Bishop was an Attorney
Trial Referee and Special Master in the New London, Middlesex and New
Haven Judicial Districts.
During the years of his private practice, Judge Bishop was active in
several bar and bar-related activities. He served as chairperson of the
New London County Bar Association Ethics Committee, Chair of the Family
Law Section of the Connecticut Bar Association and President of the
Connecticut Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
Additionally, he was the president of the Association of Family and
Conciliation Courts, an international organization of judges, lawyers,
and mental health professionals concerned with the judicial process as
it relates to families. He is the author of numerous articles on family
law and dispute resolution topics. Judge Bishop is also a fellow of the
Connecticut Bar Foundation.
He was appointed a Superior Court Judge
in September 1994 and served in the Tolland Judicial District as
Presiding Judge Family, Support (S) and Dissolution (D) and Assistant
Administrative Judge through September 1996. He then served in Family
Division (S & D) in the Hartford Judicial District until he was assigned
the Complex Litigation Docket at the Rockville Judicial District
Courthouse in April 1999.
In April 2001, Governor John G. Rowland
appointed him to the Criminal Justice Commission.
Judge Bishop became a judge of the
Appellate Court in December of 2001.
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