Wiggin and Dana Partner Quoted in Article Discussing Justice McDonald's Confirmation Process

February 26, 2018

Wiggin and Dana Appellate Practice Group partner, Aaron Bayer, was quoted in the article, "A Judicial Nominee And a Nomination Process Are Put To The Test," published by the CT Mirror.

This article discusses the politically charged confirmation process for the nomination of Justice Andrew J. McDonald to be Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court. The confirmation hearing for McDonald, who was previously a democratic state senator and justice, has prompted politicians, lawyers, and advocates to debate "how ideology and partisanship should be balanced against questions of intellect, competence and integrity in evaluating fitness for the bench."[1]

According to CT Mirror article, nearly four dozen members of the bar, including the managing partners of major law firms, the deans of the State's three law schools, and bar association leaders, sent a letter to legislators "to express concern about what some perceive as a dangerous trend" of assessing judicial nominees through the lens of partisan politics. [2]

Mr. Bayer is quoted in the article saying, "I think the reason so many law firms signed on to this letter is that the bar cares deeply about having a high-quality and independent judiciary…That's the principal message of the letter. Certainly legislators can and should examine a judge's body of work in the confirmation process. But in doing so the traditional focus has been the evaluation of a judge's knowledge, intellect, and fairness, rather than the pursuit of partisan political aims. That tradition has helped maintain the independence of our judges, and is worth preserving."

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[1] Mark Pazniokas, "A judicial nominee and a nomination process are put to the test," CT Mirror (February 2018).

[2] Ibid.