Justice Richard N. Palmer was born May 27, 1950 in Hartford, Connecticut. He graduated from Wethersfield High School in 1968. Justice Palmer received his Bachelor of Arts degree, Phi Beta Kappa, from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut in 1972. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Connecticut School of Law, with high honors, in 1977, and was a member of the Connecticut Law Review.
Upon graduation from law school, Justice Palmer served as law clerk to the Honorable Jon O. Newman of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (then of the United States District Court) from 1977 to 1978. Justice Palmer was an associate with the Hartford law firm of Shipman & Goodwin from 1978 to 1980. Thereafter, he served as an Assistant United States Attorney for Connecticut from 1980 to 1982 and from 1987 to 1990, and held a number of positions in that office, including Chief of the Criminal Division and Deputy United States Attorney. From 1984 to 1986, he practiced privately with the firm of Chatigny and Palmer. In 1991, Justice Palmer was appointed to the position of United State’s Attorney for Connecticut and from 1991 to 1993, he was the Chief State’s Attorney for Connecticut. On March 17, 1993, he was sworn in as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
Justice Palmer’s current professional affiliations include his service as Chair of the Criminal Justice Commission; Co-chair of the Appellate Rules Committee; Co-Chair of the Federal-State Council; a member of the Board of Directors for Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers Connecticut, Inc.; a member of the Board of Directors for the Justice Education Center; Life Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation; and Special Trustee of the Anna Fuller Fund.