William Robinson

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William P. Robinson
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Current Court Information:
Rhode Island Supreme Court
Title:   Justice
Salary:  $166,000
Appointed by:   Donald Carcieri
Active:   2004 - present
Personal History
Born:   January 30, 1940
Party:   Republican
Undergraduate:   University of Louvain
Law School:   Boston College Law School, 1975
Grad. School:   University of Connecticut, Ph.D.

William P. Robinson III is a justice on the Rhode Island Supreme Court. He was appointed in 2004 by Republican Governor Donald Carcieri. The justices of the Rhode Island Supreme Court hold office for life.


Robinson received his bachelor's degree from the University of Louvain and his J.D. from Boston College Law School in 1975. He also has a Master's degree in French and a Ph.D. in French and Spanish from the University of Connecticut.[1][2]


After graduating from law school, Robinson went into private practice. He also served on the East Greenwich School Committee from 1988 to 1996 and the Board of Governors for Higher Education from 2000 to 2003. Governor Donald Carcieri appointed him to the Rhode Island Supreme Court in 2004.[3][2]

Political ideology

See also: Political ideology 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. Robinson received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of -0.39, indicating a liberal ideological leaning. This is less liberal than the average CF score of -0.50 that justices received in Rhode Island. 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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