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Governor Lamont, Chief Justice Robinson, Senate President Looney, Speaker Ritter Announce Appointments to the Public Defender Services Commission

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont, Chief Justice Richard A. Robinson, Senate President Pro Tempore Martin Looney, and Speaker of the House Matt Ritter today announced the names of the members they are appointing to fill vacancies on the Connecticut Public Defender Services Commission. The commission consists of seven members, who serve as volunteers and are not compensated.

Governor Lamont is appointing the Honorable Richard N. Palmer, a retired associate justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court. As required under state statute, the governor’s appointee to the commission serves as its chairperson.

“Justice Palmer is incredibly well respected in Connecticut’s legal community, having honorably served for 27 years on the Connecticut Supreme Court, becoming one of the longest serving justices in the court’s history,” Governor Lamont said. “I sought out his service to become chairperson of this commission not only because of his intellectual rigor and his extensive expertise on the inner workings of Connecticut’s legal system, but also because I am confident in his ability to provide the leadership that this commission needs during this time. I am very appreciative of his willingness to take a step away from his retirement and volunteer his time with this important commission.”

Chief Justice Robinson’s two appointees include the Honorable Sheila M. Prats, a judge of the Connecticut Superior Court, and the Honorable Elliot N. Solomon, a retired judge of the Connecticut Superior Court.

Senator Looney is appointing Michael Jefferson, an attorney from New Haven.

“Mike will be a tremendous addition to the Public Defender Services Commission,” Senator Looney said. “He is truly committed to justice and ensuring all residents of our state are afforded the legal representation they deserve. Together with this new group of commission appointments, I am confident that the Division of Public Defender Services will continue to fulfill its mission of protecting the rights, liberty, and dignity of all clients.”

Speaker Ritter is appointing Russell Morin, a former member of the Connecticut House of Representatives and former mayor of the Town of Wethersfield.

“Russ Morin is a mentor and a trusted friend,” Speaker Ritter said. “I am pleased that he has agreed to continue his service to the state. Russ’s background as a former mayor, past House chair of the GAE Committee, former deputy speaker of the House, and former union employee provide him with the experience to work with his fellow commission members and to listen to all sides during this difficult period at the division.”

William R. Dyson, former member of the Connecticut House of Representatives, continues to serve on the commission as the appointee of House Minority Leader Vincent Candelora.

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