Preserving the Past, Informing the Future
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The Honorable Leonard W. Dorsey died on April 17, 1995, at the age of seventy-three. Judge Dorsey was appointed to the bench in 1973 as a judge of the Circuit Court. He became a judge of the Court of Common Pleas in 1976 and was elevated to the Superior Court in 1978. Judge Dorsey became a state trial referee in 1992.
Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Dorsey was an attorney in private practice for twenty years. One of Judge Dorsey's law firm colleagues, Thomas J. Meskill, Jr., later became governor. It was Governor Meskill who read the oath of office during Judge Dorsey's swearing-in as a judge of the Circuit Court in New Britain. Professional affiliations included membership in both the Hartford County and the New Britain bar associations.
Judge Dorsey served in the United States Navy from 1942 to 1945. He graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.A. degree in 1950, and from the University of Connecticut School of Law with an L.L.B. degree in 1953. He was admitted to the Connecticut bar that same year.
A New Britain resident, Judge Dorsey was married to Patricia Dudack Dorsey and was the father of four daughters and two sons.[footer.htm]