Jessica M. Karmasek Dec. 11, 2013, 9:15pm

HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) -- Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy has made his fourth appointment to the state's high court, this time nominating an appellate court judge to serve.

On Tuesday, Malloy, a Democrat, named Judge Richard A. Robinson to the state Supreme Court.

"Judge Robinson has been an attentive, measured jurist during his 13 years on the bench, making him an ideal candidate for the role of Supreme Court justice," Malloy said in a statement.

"Serving on our state's highest court is an immense duty, as it is the final arbiter on issues that impact virtually every aspect of our lives. Judge Robinson has an intellect and a wealth of experience that extends beyond the bench, having served with a number of social organizations, educational institutions and other groups in our community throughout his career.

"I am confident that the General Assembly will agree that having Judge Robinson on the Supreme Court will serve the people of Connecticut well."

Robinson thanked Malloy for the opportunity to serve on the court.

"As a member of the superior and appellate courts of this state, I realize what an awesome responsibility this honor brings and I promise the Governor, the Judicial Branch, the Connecticut Bar and the people of this state that if confirmed, I will fully and eagerly fulfill my obligations," he said.

"I am truly humbled by the thought of being considered for this high honor."

Robinson was first appointed to the bench in 2000, when he was sworn in as a judge on the Connecticut Superior Court. In 2007, he was nominated to serve on the Appellate Court.

Prior to becoming a judge, he served as staff counsel for the City of Stamford Law Department beginning in 1985, and then became assistant corporation counsel in Stamford in 1988. He remained in that position until he was appointed to the superior court.

He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut and his law degree from West Virginia University's School of Law.

If confirmed, he will replace Justice Flemming Norcott Jr., who reached the mandatory retirement age in October.

In Connecticut, justices must retire at 70. Norcott, who was appointed to the court in 1992, turned 70 Oct. 11.

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