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Thomas A. Bishop
Honorable Thomas A. Bishop was born in New Rochelle, New York in 1941. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in history in 1963. Following his undergraduate studies, Judge Bishop was on active duty as an Army Intelligence Officer from 1964 to 1966.

He then attended Georgetown Law School where he graduated in 1969 with a Juris Doctor; he was admitted to the Connecticut Bar during the same year. He was admitted to the U.S. District Court, Connecticut in 1970.

Before his appointment as a Superior Court Judge, he was Managing Director of the New London firm of Suisman, Shapiro, Wool, Brennan & Gray, P.C. and an adjunct Instructor of Law at the University of Connecticut School of Law, teaching dispute resolution and negotiations. Judge Bishop continues to teach at the University of Connecticut School of Law as an adjunct
professor of law.

From 1989 until his appointment as a Superior Court Judge, in addition to private practice, Judge Bishop was an Attorney Trial Referee and Special Master in the New London, Middlesex and New Haven Judicial Districts.

During the years of his private practice, Judge Bishop was active in several bar and bar-related activities. He served as chairperson of the New London County Bar Association Ethics Committee, Chair of the Family Law Section of the Connecticut Bar Association and President of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Additionally, he was the president of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, an international organization of judges, lawyers, and mental health professionals concerned with the judicial process as it relates to families. He is the author of numerous articles on family law and dispute resolution topics. Judge Bishop is also a fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation.

He was appointed a Superior Court Judge in September 1994 and served in the Tolland Judicial District as Presiding Judge Family, Support (S) and Dissolution (D) and Assistant Administrative Judge through September 1996. He then served in Family Division (S & D) in the Hartford Judicial District until he was assigned the Complex Litigation Docket at the Rockville Judicial District Courthouse in April 1999.

In April 2001, Governor John G. Rowland appointed him to the Criminal Justice Commission.

Judge Bishop became a judge of the Appellate Court in December of 2001.


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