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Richard Palmer
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Court Information:
Connecticut Supreme Court
Title:   Justice
Salary:  $171,000
Appointed by:   Gov. Lowell P. Weicker, Jr.
Active:   1993-2017
Past post:   Chief State's Attorney for Connecticut
Past term:   1991-1993
Past post 2:   U.S. Attorney for Connecticut
Past term 2:   1987-1990
Personal History
Born:   May 27, 1950
Undergraduate:   Trinity College, 1972
Law School:   University of Connecticut School of Law, 1977

Richard N. Palmer 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 Lowell P. Weicker, Jr. in 1993. His current term expires in 2017.[1]


Palmer received his undergraduate degree from Trinity College in 1972 and his Juris Doctor from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1977.[2]


  • 1993-2017: Justice, Connecticut Supreme Court
  • 1991-1993: Chief State's Attorney for Connecticut
  • 1987-1990: U.S. Attorney for Connecticut
  • 1984-1986: Partner, Chatigny & Palmer
  • 1980-1983: U.S. Attorney for Connecticut
  • 1978-1980: Attorney, Shipman & Goodwin[2]

Awards and associations


  • Member, Judicial Branch Executive Committee
  • President, Hartford Courant Foundation
  • Professor, Quinnipiac University School of Law
  • Professor, Yale University School of Law[2]

Notable opinions

Palmer wrote the majority opinion in Kerrigan v. Commissioner of Public Health, the October 10, 2008, decision that legalized same-sex marriage in Connecticut.[3]

Political ideology

See also: Political ideology of State Supreme Court Justices

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. Palmer received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of -0.17, indicating a liberal ideological leaning. This is more liberal 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.[4]

See also

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