Connecticut Supreme Court Chief Justice Richard A. Robinson will speak at the University of Connecticut’s 2019 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Living Legacy Convocation on Jan. 24.
The convocation will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Jorgensen Auditorium, according to the Daily Digest. The event is free and open to the public and students are especially encouraged to come, the Daily Digest said.
Robinson graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from UConn in 1979 and a Juris Doctor degree from West Virginia University School of Law in 1984, the Daily Digest said. He was admitted to the West Virginia Bar and the Connecticut Bar and is a member of the U.S. District Court, Northern District of West Virginia and the U.S. District Court, Connecticut.
Robinson was appointed as a judge of the Superior Court in 2000 after serving as assistant corporation counsel in Stamford and staff counsel for the City of Stamford Law Department, according to the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch website.
He was appointed as a judge of the Connecticut Appellate Court on Dec. 10, 2007, a Justice of the Supreme Court on Dec. 19, 2013, and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court on May 3, 2018, according to the website.
Robinson served as president of the Stamford Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and as General Counsel for the Connecticut Conference of the NAACP, the website says. He was named a Connecticut Bar Foundation James W. Cooper Fellow and one of the NAACP 100 Most Influential Blacks in Connecticut.
Past speakers commemorating Martin Luther King, Jr. include Pulitzer Prize-winning author Debby Applegate and UConn Trustee Dr. Lenworth Jacobs.
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