Honorable Mary Sommer Sandak
A Superior Court Judge for the State of Connecticut, and an alumna of The College of New Rochelle, Sandak is well-known for her passion on children’s mental health and legal rights, education and public/private initiatives. She has served on advisory boards for child advocacy programs, juvenile justice activities and prison literacy programs.
Sandak served as Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Norwalk, and Corporation Counsel for the City of Stamford, in addition to her own law practice, before being appointed to the bench by Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell in 2008. In her life as a judge, Sandak has served on the strategic plan committee for the judicial branch of the state of Connecticut, is a current member of the Advisory Board for Volunteers in Child Protection, and heads two juvenile court pilots: one to improve services to children in foster care and the other to reduce in-school arrests.
With her husband Jay Sandak, in 1990 Sandak founded the law firm of Sandak Hennessey & Greco, LLP, based in Stamford, after serving at two Connecticut law firms. She founded the Fairfield County Bar Foundation and served as its first president. She co-chaired the Alternative Dispute Resolution and Community Service Committees of the Fairfield County Bar Association, is a former Trustee of First County Bank in Stamford, and serves on the boards of the Connecticut Appleseed Foundation for Law and Justice, and the Fairfield County Bar Foundation.
Sandak is a board member and prominent supporter of the Child Guidance Center, is on the Boards of the Stamford Partnership and the Stamford Marrow Donor Foundation, and is a past president of the school board at King & Low Heywood Thomas School. Her volunteer efforts include the Ferguson Library Foundation, Hope for Haiti, Inc., H.W. Taylor Institute, the Mutual Housing Association of Fairfield, New Neighborhoods, Inc. and the Curriculum & Development Committee of the University of Connecticut Downstate.Recognized for her contributions, Sandak received the Women of Challenge Award from the Girl Scout Council of Southwestern Connecticut in 1990, and, she and her husband, Jay, were named the 2015 City of Stamford Citizens of the Year.