Barry Schaller ’63 Sworn In As Connecticut Supreme Court Justice
Barry R. Schaller, a 1963 graduate of Yale Law School, was sworn in as a Connecticut Supreme Court Justice on September 24, 2007. He replaced Justice David Borden, who reached the mandatory retirement age of 70. Justice Schaller earned his B.A. from Yale in 1960. He currently teaches in the Law School’s Trial Practice class.
“Barry Schaller has been an instructor in the Trial Practice class for many years,” said William O. Douglas Clinical Professor of Law Stephen Wizner. “He has drawn on his experience as an outstanding trial and appellate judge in teaching the art and craft of courtroom advocacy. Generations of Yale law students have benefited from his experience and wisdom.”
“His demeanor off the bench is the same as on the bench—intelligent and civil,” added Clinical Professor of Law Robert Solomon. “He is a highly regarded jurist who has never forgotten what it is like to practice law. His appointment to the Supreme Court is a great personal honor, but more important, will be even greater for Connecticut.”
“The opportunity to participate in judicial decision making on the Supreme Court of Connecticut is very meaningful to me,” said Justice Schaller. “It represents, in some respects, the culmination of many years of work on the trial and appellate courts. It also represents a rare opportunity to decide cases that may have an impact, not only on individual litigants, but on the growth of the law in many important areas.”
Justice Schaller practiced law with Bronson & Rice in New Haven for ten years before being appointed to the Connecticut Superior Court bench in 1974. In 1992, he was appointed to the Appellate Court, and in August 2007, he was nominated by Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell to the Connecticut Supreme Court. He has taught and lectured widely and plans to continue teaching while serving on the bench.
“To the extent that the increased demands of work on the Supreme Court permit, I fully anticipate continuing to teach students at the Yale Law School as well as at Trinity College and Wesleyan University,” he said. “I expect that my teaching will cover a wide range of subjects including bioethics and public health law and ethics as well as traditional law courses.”
Justice Schaller is a Charter Life Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation and a member of the American Law Institute. He is the author of numerous scholarly articles and has written two books—A Vision of American Law: Judging Law, Literature, and the Stories We Tell, published in 1997, and Understanding Bioethics and the Law: The Promises and Perils of the Brave New World of Biotechnology, to be published in November 2007.