Judge Michael R. Sheldon was appointed to the Superior Court in 1991, and elevated to the Appellate Court in 2011. In his twenty years of service as a Superior Court judge, his assignments included terms in the civil and criminal divisions as well as a four-year term pioneering the Complex Litigation Docket. He also served as co-chair of the Education Committee and as a member of the Rules Committee, and continues to serve as a member of the Code of Evidence Oversight Committee. In 2009, he received the Connecticut Bar Association’s Henry J. Naruk Judiciary Award and was named a Distinguished Friend of Education by the Connecticut Association of Schools.
Judge Sheldon received an A.B. in public and international affairs and a certificate of proficiency in Russian Studies from Princeton University in 1971, and a J.D. from the Yale Law School in 1974. Following law school, he participated in the E. Barrett Prettyman Legal Internship Program at the Georgetown University Law Center before being hired by the University of Connecticut School of Law as a professor of law and director of the Criminal Clinic. He worked full time at the Law School until 1991, teaching courses in criminal law and procedure, establishing and operating the Moot Court Interterm Program, and directing the Trial and Appellate Divisions of the Criminal Clinic. Since taking the Bench, he has continued to lecture at the Law School, co-teaching an annual course in Law and Forensic Science with Dr. Albert B. Harper.