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Robert Cordy

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Robert Cordy
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Current Court Information:
Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
Title:   Justice
Salary:  $161,000
Service:
Active:   2001-2019
Past position:   Partner, McDermott, Will & Emery
Past term:   1993-2001
Past position 2:   Chief Legal Counsel to Gov. Weld
Past term 2:   1991-1993
Personal History
Born:   May 18, 1949
Undergraduate:   Dartmouth College, 1971
Law School:   Harvard Law School, 1974

Robert J. Cordy is a justice on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Cordy was appointed in February of 2001. His term expires in 2019, when he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 70.[1][2]

Education

Cordy received his A.B. in 1971 from Dartmouth College and his J.D. in 1974 from Harvard Law School.[1]

Career

  • 2001-2019: Justice, Supreme Court
  • 1993-2001: Partner, McDermott, Will & Emery
  • 1991-1993: Chief Legal Counsel to Gov. Weld
  • 1987-1991: Partner, Burns & Levinson
  • 1982-1987: Federal Prosecutor's Office
  • 1979-1982: Associate General Council, State Ethics Commission
  • 1978-1979: Special Assistant Attorney General, Department of Revenue
  • 1974-1978: Attorney. Massachusetts Defenders Committee[1]

Notable opinions

Cordy was one of three justices to dissent in the Goodridge v. Department of Public Health case, which legalized same-sex marriage in Massachusetts. [3]

Political outlook

See also: Political outlook of State Supreme Court Justices

In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of state supreme court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Cordy received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of 0.14, indicating a conservative ideological leaning. This is more conservative than the average CF score of -0.44 that justices received in Massachusetts. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.[4]

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