January 30, 2019

Haskell Joins Unanimous Vote in Favor of Diverse Panel of Superior Court Judges

State Senator Will Haskell (D-Westport) today joined a unanimous and bipartisan vote to reappoint four ethnically and politically diverse judges to another eight-year term on the Connecticut Superior Court.

Sen. Haskell voted today to reappoint:

  • Democrat Mohammad Nawaz Wahla of Glastonbury, who retired as a major after 20 years in the Pakistan Army. He received law degrees from the University of Punjab in 1974, the University of Texas at Austin in 1991 and the University of Houston in 1998, and formed his own law firm, Wahla & Associates, in 1999.
  • Republican Hunchu Kwak of West Hartford, a native of Korea and a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the University of Connecticut School of Law
  • Democrat John M. Newson, of Brooklyn, a former public defender and lifetime member of the NAACP who graduated from the University of Rhode Island and the Western New England College School of Law.
  • Republican Lisa Kelly Morgan of Wethersfield. She is a graduate of Villanova University and the UConn School of Law and is the former head of her own law firm, Ruben, Morgan & Horan.

“From Pakistan to Brooklyn to our own home state, these judges’ diverse backgrounds are evidence of a strong judiciary,” Sen. Haskell said. “The Senate’s unanimous support from both sides is proof that their strong records and impressive backgrounds will continue to keep our courts strong.”

Sen. Haskell also lauded the confirmation of Stephen V. Prostor’s nomination to the Connecticut Commuter Rail Council. “To know my constituents will have local representation on this vital transportation board is exciting,” said Sen. Haskell. “I support Mr. Prostor’s approval and look forward to what he will bring to the Council.”