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Justice Richard N. Palmer
Justice Richard N. Palmer was born on May 27, 1950 in Hartford, CT. He graduated from Wethersfield High School in 1968. He went on to Trinity College in Hartford where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree, Phi Beta Kappa, in 1972. He received his J.D., with high honors, from the University of Connecticut School of Law, in 1977 and was admitted to the Connecticut Bar that same year.

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Upon graduation from law school, Justice Palmer served as a law clerk to the Honorable Jon O. Newman. Justice Palmer was an associate with the Hartford Law firm of Shipman & Goodwin from 1978-80. He thereafter served as an Assistant United States Attorney for Connecticut from 1980-83 and from 1987-90. From 1984-86, he practiced privately with the firm of Chatigny and Palmer. In 1991, he was appointed to the position of United States Attorney for Connecticut. From 1991-93, he was the Chief State's Attorney for Connecticut. On March 17, 1993, he was sworn in as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. Justice Palmer currently serves as a member of the Judicial Branch's Executive Committee and is President of the Hartford Courant Foundation. He also teaches law and ethics at Quinnipiac University School of Law and Yale University School of Law.

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