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Chief Justice Rogers Announces Two Appellate System Appointments

Two important appellate system programs will receive new leadership pursuant to appointments made by Chief Justice Chase T. Rogers. Judge Trial Referee Joseph H. Pellegrino will direct the Appellate Pre-Argument Conference (PAC) program, and Senior Associate Justice Flemming L. Norcott, Jr., will lead the Supreme Court's educational "on circuit" program.

The Pre-Argument Conference program is a formal, supervised, mandatory mediation program for the appellate system, which was initiated and supervised by former Supreme Court Justice, Angelo G. Santaniello, who shall be available as advisor “emeritus” .

Judge Pellegrino stated that: "no one can fill the shoes of Justice Santaniello but with his continued counsel and guidance the program will continue to serve the mission as he envisioned".

A native of New Haven, Judge Pellegrino graduated in 1958 from the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy. He earned a master of arts degree in education from Fairfield University in 1961 and his Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School in 1963.

Judge Pellegrino was in private practice in New Haven until 1990, when he was appointed a Superior Court judge. In May 1997, he was named chief administrative judge, civil division, a post he held until March 2000, when he was elevated to the Appellate Court. Now-retired Chief Justice Francis M. McDonald Jr. appointed Judge Pellegrino as chief court administrator in December 2000, a position he held until he elected to take senior judge status in 2006. Having reached the state mandatory retirement age of 70, Judge Pellegrino is now a judge trial referee.

Chief Justice Rogers noted that: "It is this combination of experience that uniquely qualifies Judge Pellegrino to run this very important program. He has had experience as an attorney in private practice, was a judge of both the Superior and Appellate Courts, and served for a number of years in the critical position of Chief Court Administrator. I am grateful Joe has agreed to continue to serve the courts in this leadership position."

The Supreme Court "on circuit" education program takes the Court 'on the road' throughout Connecticut, providing an opportunity for students and members of the community to see oral argument and to learn more about the appellate process.

Senior Associate Justice Flemming L. Norcott, Jr., recently celebrated his thirtieth year on the bench, having served on all three Connecticut state courts. Born in New Haven, Justice Norcott graduated in 1961 from The Taft School. He earned a bachelor of arts from Columbia University in 1965 and a Juris Doctor from Columbia School of Law in 1968. He served in the Peace Corps after Law School, followed by years of public interest law practice before being appointed to the bench. He served as a Superior Court Judge from 1979 to 1987 when he was appointed to the Appellate Court. He was thereafter elevated to the Supreme Court in 1992 where he is now the senior associate justice on the Court.

Justice Norcott stated that "I am honored to represent the Supreme Court as we continue our long-standing educational efforts through this program. We have traveled to many fine educational institutions throughout the state during the time this program has been in place, and I am looking forward to assuming a leadership role for the Court in the planning and implementation of these visits."

Chief Justice Rogers added that: "Justice Norcott brings his years of experience, his love of teaching, and his commitment to public service to this program. We are confident the "on circuit" program will flourish under his leadership."

In addition to administering the PAC program Justice Angelo G. Santaniello was also the administrator of the “on circuit” program. Chief Justice Rogers commented on Judge Santaniello's service: "I cannot overstate how critical Justice Santaniello's service has been to the people of the State of Connecticut, as well evidenced by the success of these programs under his leadership. In both instances, Justice Santaniello was the driving force behind the scenes, assuring the success of every court visit, and developing the PAC program into one of the models for appellate mediation nationwide. We owe him a debt of gratitude which we can repay, in part, by continuing these wonderful programs he helped to establish."


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