Richard A. Robinson was sworn in on Monday, June 18th, as the new chief justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court and the top administrator of the state judicial branch.

The 60-year-old Stamford native is the first African-American to hold the state’s top judicial post, and was only the fourth African-American to hold a seat on the state Supreme Court.

In a Supreme Court courtroom packed with superior court judges, past and current Supreme and Appellate court justices, political leaders, and Robinson’s friends and relatives, Robinson took the oath of office from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

Robinson was described by his friend Jay H. Sandak, who hired him as an assistant corporation counsel in Stamford more than 30 years ago, as “humble yet assertive, confident without an ego, intellectually curious and respected by all.”

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