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|Connecticut Supreme Court|
|Appointed by:||Gov. John G. Rowland|
|Past post:||Judge, Connecticut Appellate Court|
|Past post 2:||Judge, Connecticut Superior Court|
|Past term 2:||1996-1999|
|Undergraduate:||Northeastern University, 1972|
|Law School:||Suffolk University Law School, 1975|
Peter T. Zarella is an associate justice of the seven member Connecticut Supreme Court. He was appointed to the court in the state's Commission-selection, political appointment method of judicial selection by Governor John G. Rowland on January 22, 2001. His current term expires in 2017.
- 2001-2017: Justice, Connecticut Supreme Court
- 1999-2001: Judge, Connecticut Appellate Court
- 1996-1999: Judge, Connecticut Superior Court
- 1975-1996: Attorney/Partner, Brown, Paindiris & Zarella
Awards and associations
- Member, Massachusetts Bar Association
- Member, Connecticut Bar Association
- Member, Charter Revision Commission, 1995-1996
- Member, Town of West Hartford Ethics Commission, 1992-1995
- Member, Connecticut Bar Association, Banking Law Committee, 1990-1994
- Member, Connecticut Bar Executive Committee, Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section, 1985-1990
- Former Chairman, Criminal Justice Commission
In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of state supreme court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Zarella received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of 0.62, indicating a conservative ideological leaning. This is more conservative than the average CF score of 0.05 that justices received in Connecticut. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.
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