Another name circulating throughout the state for nomination to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit is Janet Hall's. She currently sits as a District Court judge in Bridgeport. Much though I would hate to lose her as a trial judge, I hope she gets the promotion.
I've appeared before the judge in a number of cases. She is tough, but always well prepared. She doesn't tolerate fools, which, of course, places a special burden on me. But I have learned that solid preparation is respected in her chambers.
Critics contend that she has a temper. That's fine with me, so long as it is connected to a judicial temperament. She possesses a fine intellect, a warm sense of humor and a sharp sense of what fairness requires. I've not always agreed with her decisions, but I have never found fault with her manner of handling things. She's not the sort of judge who has become so besotted with her power that she forgets that a presidential appointment is not the bestowal of the right to play lord of the manor.
I wish her well in the hunt for a nomination.