The Connecticut Judicial Review Council publicly censured Kathleen McNamara, a Hartford District Superior Court judge, on Wednesday, July 20, 2022. The case is styled as ‘In the Matter of Judge Kathleen McNamara’ with case number #J2022-007.

The judge was charged with violating Rule 1.3 of the Judicial Code of Conduct, which states:

A judge shall not use the prestige of judicial office to advance the personal or economic interests of the judge, or others, or allow others to do so.

The judicial canons can be found here.

The order reads:

“On July 20, 2022, the Judicial Review Council held a public hearing pertaining to the self-reported complaint made by the Honorable Kathleen McNamara for her appearance in a television commercial and related advertisement displayed on the internet.

The Judicial Review Council decided to issue a Public Censure for Judge McNamara’s conduct. Judge McNamara acknowledged that her conduct violated the Judicial Code of Conduct and accepted the disciplinary action imposed by the Council.”

The Judge earned a law degree from Western New England College in 1989.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.