The Criminal Justice Commission consists of seven members:
- Six attorneys appointed by the Governor and confirmed by both houses of the General Assembly. Two of these members must be Judges of the Connecticut Superior Court.
- The Chief State's Attorney, who is appointed by the other members of the Commission. The Chief State's Attorney does not participate in the appointment process for the Chief State's Attorney or for the Deputy Chief State's Attorneys.
Members of the Commission
- The Honorable Andrew J. McDonald, Associate Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court
- The Honorable Juliett L. Crawford, Judge of the Superior Court
- Mary M. Galvin, Esq.
- Eric George, Esq.
- Moy N. Ogilvie, Esq.
- Erick Russell, Esq.
- Kevin T. Kane, who is the Chief State's Attorney
Governor Dannel P. Malloy appointed Supreme Court Justice Andrew J. McDonald to serve as chairman of the Connecticut Criminal Justice Commission, the group constitutionally charged with appointing all state prosecutors within the Division of Criminal Justice. Justice McDonald will fill the role most recently held by Supreme Court Justice Richard N. Palmer, who submitted a letter to the Governor resigning as chairman. Justice McDonald will serve in the position until the legislature convenes again in February 2018, when a nomination will be put before the General Assembly for its consideration.
The Criminal Justice Commission is composed of the Chief State’s Attorney and six members nominated by the Governor and confirmed by the General Assembly, two of whom must be judges. All of the members of the Commission volunteer their service to the state – they are not compensated. Over the years, Connecticut governors have traditionally selected a justice of the Supreme Court to serve as the group’s chairperson.
THE HONORABLE JULIETT L. CRAWFORD was appointed to the Criminal Justice Commission in 2011 by Governor Dannel P. Malloy. Judge Crawford has served as a Judge of the Superior Court since 1998.
In addition to her experience as an instructor in trial advocacy at the Yale University School of Law, Judge Crawford served as Assistant State’s Attorney and Supervisory Assistant State’s Attorney from 1984 through 1998.
Prior to that, she worked as a legislative assistant to Senator Lowell Weicker, worked at the U.S. Social Security Administration, and served in the United States Army.
MARY M. GALVIN, ESQ., was appointed to the Criminal Justice Commission in 2011 by Governor Dannel P. Malloy. She is senior counsel at the Travelers Indemnity Company in Hartford.
Previously, she served as Dean of Education for the National Advocacy Center of the National District Attorneys' Association in Columbia, South Carolina.
Attorney Galvin served as State’s Attorney for the Judicial District of Ansonia-Milford from 1988 through 2006, Chief Assistant State’s Attorney in New Haven from 1985 through 1987, Assistant State’s Attorney from 1977 through 1985, and was an Assistant Prosecutor from 1975 through 1977.
ERIC GEORGE, ESQ., was appointed to the Criminal Justice Commission in 2017 by Governor Dannel P. Malloy. Attorney George is the President of the Insurance Association of Connecticut.
He previously served as Associate Counsel for the Connecticut Business and Industry Association and as an attorney with Pullman & Comley, LLC.
MOY N. OGILVIE, ESQ., was appointed to the Criminal Justice Commission in 2011 by Governor Dannel P. Malloy. She is a partner at McCarter & English, practicing in the area of product liability, toxic tort matters and pharmaceutical matters.
She has handled state and federal court matters involving exposure to various chemicals or products, and has served as national coordinating counsel for a chemical manufacturer’s benzene docket.
She currently serves on the Federal Grievance Committee for the United States District Court for Connecticut, which handles attorney discipline in the Connecticut federal courts.
ERICK A. RUSSELL, ESQ.,was appointed to the Criminal Justice Commission in 2017 by Governor Dannel P. Malloy. Attorney Russell is an Associate in the Government Finance and Litigation Departments at Pullman & Comley, LLC.
Prior to joining Pullman & Comley in 2012, Attorney Russell interned for the General Counsel to Governor Dannel P. Malloy. He was also a summer associate in 2011, served as a legal intern for the Connecticut Legal Rights Project in 2010 and was an intern in the Office of the State's Attorney for the Judicial District of Ansonia-Milford
As Chief State’s Attorney, Mr. Kane is the administrative head of the Division of Criminal Justice, the independent agency of the executive branch of state government that is responsible for the investigation and prosecution of all criminal matters in the State of Connecticut. The Division includes the offices of the State’s Attorney for each of the thirteen Judicial Districts in the State of Connecticut and the Office of the Chief State's Attorney in Rocky Hill, Connecticut.
Attorney Kane joined the Division of Criminal Justice as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for the former 9th Circuit in Middletown in August 1972 and was promoted to Prosecuting Attorney in the fall of 1973. He transferred to the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney in November 1978 where he served as the Unit Chief of the former Special Investigations Unit.
In 1986 he transferred to the Office of the State’s Attorney for the Judicial District of New London. He was promoted to Senior Assistant State’s Attorney in 1988 and Supervisory Assistant State's Attorney in 1990. He was appointed by the Criminal Justice Commission as State’s Attorney for the Judicial District of New London effective January 4, 1995, and served as State’s Attorney until he assumed the position of Chief State’s Attorney.