Q&A: Former Conn. Supreme Court Justice Eveleigh Talks Law and the Court

As he sat in the Connecticut Supreme Court courtroom for the last time on Sept. 28, Justice Dennis Eveleigh joked the overflow crowd came for his send-off.

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  • John Lino Ponzini

    I knew Justice Eveleigh when I first started practicing in 1982 in Stamford. By that point he had already tried dozens of jury cases under the old Court structure (Court of Common Pleas etc.) He was always a pleasure to deal with and speak to. He was above all humble (and I suspect still is) and exuded a quiet wisdom. Unlike some Judicial appointees, he handled the power with extreme care and fairness. Godspeed and best wishes.

  • Hector Morera

    In the 4 years that I have testified before Judge Everleigh in his capacity as head of the Rules Committee, he has always been respectful, polite, accommodating and most important, welcoming of change. He has even pushed for change in the face of opposition from a reluctant Judge Bozzuto in her capacity as chair of the family commission. I do not know what he is like as a judge in a legal proceeding but as chair of the rules committee, although he hasn‘t championed every item that has been brought before him, I will miss his cooperative approach to dealing with the public that appeared before him. Rather than treat us in a defensive manner as adversaries with ulterior motives, he has respectfully entertained our comments. I hope everyone in the Judicial Branch follows his lead.

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