WASHINGTON, DC – Judge Christopher Droney of West Hatford was confirmed today by the United States Senate to serve as a United States Circuit Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Senators Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) both spoke from the Senate floor today in support of Judge Droney’s nomination.
“Judge Droney’s legal acumen and long career of devoted public service will make him a valuable addition to the Second Circuit,” Lieberman said in his remarks. “His experience as a federal judge—including as a visiting judge on the Second Circuit court itself—and diversified career of service in both public and private practice, make him particularly well suited for this position, and I commend President Obama for his decision to nominate Judge Droney earlier this year.
Blumenthal said on the Senate floor, “He has demonstrated as a district court judge the qualities that I know he will bring to the Court of Appeals. Extraordinary scholarship and intellect, adherence to precedent, careful analysis, a thoughtfulness and responsiveness in the questions that he asks and an insight into the factual record as well as the truthfulness of witnesses. He has what I consider to be the most important qualification of any judge, which is the capacity for growth, for learning and listening.”
Judge Droney attended the College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts, from which he graduated magna cum laude in 1976. He went on to attend the University of Connecticut School of Law, where he was the Notes and Comments Editor of the Connecticut Law Review and earned his J.D. in 1979. In 1983, Judge Droney became Partner at Reid & Reige, P.C., in Hartford, Connecticut. In 1993, Judge Droney became the U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut from 1993 to 1997. In 1997, Judge Droney was nominated to the federal bench by President Clinton, and was confirmed unanimously by the Senate.