Richard N. Palmer

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Richard N. Palmer (born May 27, 1950) is an Associate Justice on the Connecticut Supreme Court.

Palmer was born in Hartford, Connecticut. Palmer received his Bachelor of Arts Phi Beta Kappa, from Trinity College in Hartford in 1972. He went on to receive the Juris Doctor with high honors from the University of Connecticut School of Law, in 1977.[1]

Following law school, Palmer clerked for Judge Jon O. Newman, then of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut. After practicing privately with Shipman and Goodman, Palmer was as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Connecticut, interrupted briefly by a stint in the firm of Chatigny and Palmer. In 1991, Palmer served as the United States Attorney in Connecticut, and subsequently became Chief State's Attorney for the State of Connecticut. On March 17, 1993, he was sworn in as an Associate Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court.

On October 10, 2008, Palmer wrote the majority opinion for the Connecticut Supreme Court case Kerrigan v. Commissioner of Public Health, granting marriage rights to same-sex couples in Connecticut, striking down a law passed in 2005 granting civil union rights to them.[2]


  1. ^ "Biographies of Supreme Court Justices". 2010 State of Connecticut Judicial Branch. Retrieved 2011-01-01. 
  2. ^ "Conn. court overturns same-sex marriage ban". news services updated 10/10/2008 3:14:33 PM ET. Retrieved 2011-01-01.