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Connecticut Gets Its First Openly Gay Judge


HARTFORD — Connecticut will soon have its first openly gay judge: Andrew J. McDonald.

On Thursday, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced McDonald, who like the governor hails from Stamford, to serve as a justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court.  A 20-year veteran attorney, McDonald now serves as general counsel to the governor’s office.

“Having had the opportunity to work alongside Andrew McDonald in several capacities over the years, including both as a lawyer and as a public servant, I am convinced that he will be an excellent addition to our state’s highest court and will serve the people of Connecticut well when he is confirmed to the bench,” Malloy said.  “In each of the roles he has served, Andrew has proven to have an exceptional ability to understand, analyze, research and evaluate legal issues.  He has undertaken his legal work with a focus on giving back extensively to his community and a commitment to the equal rights of all residents.  He will be an exceptional justice on the Connecticut Supreme Court.”

For most of his legal career, McDonald served as a litigation partner for Pullman & Comley, LLC, where he chaired the firm’s appellate practice.  Additionally, he served as the director of legal affairs and corporation counsel for the City of Stamford from 1999 to 2002, when  Malloy served as mayor of the city.

McDonald said he was honored.

“Honoring the law and serving the people of this state have been the focus of my professional life,” he said. “And I will be humbled by the opportunity to continue to do both on the Supreme Court if confirmed by the General Assembly.”

McDonald graduated from Cornell University in 1988 and received his law degree, with honors, from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1991, where he was the managing editor of the Connecticut Journal of International Law.  He lives in Stamford with his husband Charles Gray.

McDonald will replace Justice Lubbie Harper, Jr., who reached the mandatory age of retirement for state judges last month.

 

 

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