HARTFORD — The Connecticut Judicial system has its third black judge.
This was welcome news to Sen. Eric Coleman (D) who chairs the General Assembly’s Judiciaary Committee.
Coleman today praised Gov. Dannel Malloy’s decision to appoint Appellate Judge Lubbie Harper, Jr. to the Connecticut Supreme Court
“Judge Lubbie Harper, Jr. has been a star in Connecticut’s justice system from the commencement of his service as a judge, and has attracted a lot of attention for his no-nonsense, down-to-earth style,” Coleman said in a statement to the press. “Judge Harper is an admirable selection on the part of Governor Malloy, and I am sure he will do an outstanding job as our newest Supreme Court Justice.”
Judge Harper currently serves as an Appellate Judge, as chair of the Commission on Racial and Ethnic Disparity in the Criminal Justice System, and as Connecticut’s representative to the National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts.
He was nominated to the Appellate Court in 2005 by Governor M. Jodi Rell, and to the Superior Court in 1997 by Governor John G. Rowland.
Harper, 68, graduated from the University of New Haven, received his Masters from the University of Connecticut School of Social Work, and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Connecticut School of Law. He lives with his wife Twila in North Haven, Connecticut.
The Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing on Judge Harper’s nomination on March 11.