William J. Lavery

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William J. Lavery
Connecticut Appellate Court
In office
October 4, 1989 – current
Nominated by William A. O'Neill
Personal details
Born 1938
New Haven, Connecticut

William J. Lavery (born March 26, 1938, Bridgeport, Connecticut) is the Chief Court Administrator and former Chief Judge of the Connecticut Appellate Court. Lavery was appointed judge of the Connecticut Appellate Court on October 4, 1989;[1] Chief Judge on March 12, 2000; and Chief Court Administrator on February 1, 2006.[2]


Lavery graduated from Fairfield Prep in 1955; received his bachelor's degree from Fairfield University in 1959; and received his law degree from Fordham Law School.[2]


While in private practice, Lavery was elected to the Bridgeport Board of Aldermen (1963–1967) and the Connecticut House of Representatives (1967–1971). Throughout the 1970s, he served as counsel for the Bridgeport Housing Authority, the Majority Party in the Connecticut House of Representatives, and the Town of Newtown, Connecticut. He was vice-chairman of the Connecticut Commission on Hospitals and Healthcare and a member of the State's Council on Environmental Quality.[3]

In 1981, Lavery was appointed a Connecticut Superior Court judge and served as presiding judge in the Danbury Judicial District and chief administrative judge in Waterbury Judicial District prior to his appointment to the Connecticut Appellate Court.[4]

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