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Malloy Nominates 13 For State Judgeships

Thirteen lawyers from different parts of Connecticut were nominated Wednesday by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to fill some of the 40 vacancies on the Superior Court bench.

If confirmed by the General Assembly, each of the new judges would earn the statutorily authorized salary of $167,634 per year.

Malloy called the lawyers he's recommending to the legislature "a selection of qualified and diverse judicial nominees who possess the qualities that mirror the residents of our state while also meeting the high principles and integrity that our citizens deserve."

Five of the 13 nominees are women, and the 13 nominees live in 10 communities. Three are from West Hartford. Eleven of the nominees are Democrats, as is Malloy, one is unaffiliated and one is a Republican.

Malloy is expected to nominate four more attorneys for Superior Court judgeships in the next few days.

Here's a look at the 13 individuals nominated Wednesday:

Barry F. Armata of Suffield is an attorney with the Hartford law firm of Brown, Paindiris & Scott and a graduate of Boston College and Syracuse University College of Law. Armata is an unaffiliated voter.

Matthew J. Budzik of East Haddam is an assistant state attorney general, serving as head of the finance division in the attorney general's office. A graduate of American University, Budzik got his law degree at Georgetown University Law Center. Budzik is a Democrat.

John L. Cordani of Wolcott is a partner with the law firm of Carmody, Torrance, Sandak & Hennesey. Cordani received degrees from Texas A&M University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Quinnipiac University School of Law. He is a Democrat.

Matthew D. Gordon of West Hartford is owner and managing partner of Matthew Dallas Gordon law firm. Born in Puerto Rico, Gordon is a graduate of Bard College and the University of Connecticut School of Law. Gordon is a Democrat.

Ernest Green Jr. of Norwich has been a senior assistant public defender with the Connecticut Division of Public Defender Services, where he has worked since 2003. Green graduated from Brown University, got his master's at the University of Pennsylvania, and his law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law. He is a Democrat.

Kimberly A. Knox of West Hartford is a principal at the law firm of Horton, Shields & Knox. Knox graduated from Connecticut College and the University of Connecticut School of Law. Knox is a Democrat.

Margaret M. Murphy of West Hartford is legal counsel to the state House Democratic caucus. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, Murphy got her law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law. She is a Democrat.

Shari Murphy of North Branford is a partner at the law firm of Keyes & Murphy and has taught courses at the University of New Haven. She is a graduate of Southern Connecticut State University and the Quinnipiac University School of Law. Murphy is a Democrat.

Tammy Nguyen-O'Dowd is an assistant state attorney general specializing in child abuse and neglect cases. Born in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Nguyen-O'Dowd received degrees from the University of California at San Diego, The Catholic University of America, and The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law. She is a Democrat.

W. Glen Pierson of Hamden is a principal in the law firm of Loughlin FitzGerald PC. A graduate of Princeton University, Pierson got his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. He is a Democrat.

Walter M. Spader Jr. of North Haven has been a lawyer in the law firm of former state Democratic Chairman Ed Marcus since 2003. He has degrees from Fairfield University and the Quinnipiac University School of Law. Spader is a Democrat.

Elizabeth J. Stewart of Hamden is a partner in the law firm of Murtha Cullina LLP, where she has worked since 1986 and has been a managing partner for five years. Stewart graduated from the University of Virginia and the University of Virginia School of Law. Stewart is a Democrat.

Thomas J. Welch of Shelton is a partner in the firm of Welch, Teodosio, Stanek & Blake. He graduated from the College of the Holy Cross and the University of Connecticut School of Law. Welch is a Republican.

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