|Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court|
|Title: || Justice|
|Appointed by: || Gov. Paul Cellucci|
|Active: || 2001-2019|
|Past post: || Partner, McDermott, Will & Emery|
|Past term: || 1993-2001|
|Born: || 5/18/1949|
|Undergraduate: || Dartmouth College, 1971|
|Law School: || Harvard Law School, 1974|
Robert J. Cordy is a justice on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Cordy was nominated to the court by former Governor Paul Cellucci on December 12, 2000, and was confirmed by the Governor's Council on January 3, 2001. Cordy was then sworn into office in February 2001. His term expires in 2019, when he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 70.
Cordy received his A.B. in 1971 from Dartmouth College and his J.D. in 1974 from the Harvard Law School.
- 2001-2019: Justice, Supreme Court
- 1993-2001: Partner, McDermott, Will & Emery
- 1991-1993: Chief legal counsel to former Governor William Weld
- 1987-1991: Partner, Burns & Levinson
- 1982-1987: Prosecutor, Federal Prosecutor's Office
- 1979-1982: Associate general council, State Ethics Commission
- 1978-1979: Special assistant attorney general, Department of Revenue
- 1974-1978: Attorney, Massachusetts Defenders Committee 
Cordy was one of three justices to dissent in the Goodridge v. Department of Public Health case, which legalized same-sex marriage in Massachusetts.
- See also: Political outlook 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. Cordy received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of 0.14, indicating a conservative ideological leaning. This is more conservative than the average CF score of -0.44 that justices received in Massachusetts. 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.
- ↑ McDermott Will & Emery, "McDermott Bids Farewell to Robert Cordy, Head of Boston Office," accessed March 23, 2015
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 The Massachusetts Judicial Branch, "Justice Robert J. Cordy," accessed March 23, 2015
- ↑ 'Find Law.com, "Goodridge v. Department of Public Health," accessed March 23, 2015
- ↑ Stanford University, "State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns," October 31, 2012