Honoring The Honorable Mary Sommer, Corporate Honoree
As a long standing supporter of CLC, Mary Sommer is committed to children, families and building more resilient societies. She was appointed a judge of the superior court for the state of Connecticut in 2008. She has presided over civil, criminal, family and juvenile matters and has served on the Public Service and Trust Commission of the Judicial Branch, juvenile court collaborative and judicial continuing education program committees.
During her thirty-year legal career, Judge Sommer specialized in civil litigation, and was a founding partner of the Stamford law firm of Sandak Hennessey & Greco. She served as corporation counsel for the city of Stamford and was involved in several educational, housing and expanded social service initiatives, including the establishment of UCONN at its current location in downtown Stamford.
Mary currently serves as President of the Ferguson Library Foundation Board, a past president of the Fairfield County Bar Association and a founding member of the Fairfield County Bar Foundation. She serves on the boards of Building One Community, CT Appleseed Foundation for Law and Justice, Hope for Haiti, Inc., the Herbert & Nell Singer Foundation and is a James W. Cooper Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation. For over twenty years she served on the board of the Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut, including several terms as board chair. She has taught business law and ethics in the UConn Stamford MBA program and at the College of New Rochelle. She served as a director of First County Bank until her appointment to the bench.
Mary is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame Law School and resides in Stamford.