Christopher F. Droney – ’79

The Honorable Christopher F. Droney joined the Connecticut Law Review in 1977 while a student at the University of Connecticut School of Law. From 1977-78, Judge Droney served as Member of Volume 10 of the Connecticut Law Review, where he published a student note titled: “The Briefcase Caper, Standing and Due Process Exclusion: United States v. Payner, 434 F. Supp. 113 (N.D. Ohio 1977).” From 1978-79, he served as a Notes and Comments Editor for Volume 11 of the Connecticut Law Review.

Judge Droney received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1979. From 1979-93, Judge Droney was engaged in the private practice of law in Hartford, specializing in trial work. He was a partner in the Hartford law firm of Reid & Reige, P.C. In 1983, Judge Droney was elected to the Town Council of West Hartford and served as Mayor of West Hartford from 1985-89.

In 1993, Judge Droney was appointed United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut and served in that role until 1997 when he was appointed as a United States District Judge for the District of Connecticut. Judge Droney served as a District Judge from 1997 until 2012. In May 2011, President Barack Obama nominated Judge Droney to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. On November 28, 2011, the United States Senate unanimously approved Judge Droney’s appointment and he officially became a member the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on March 12, 2012.

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