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Paul Allyn Suttell

Paul Allyn Suttell, state supreme court chief justice.


  • Suttell, Paul Allyn was born on January 10, 1949 in Providence. Son of Allyn Kingsley and Pauline Louise (Stickney) Suttell.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1971. Juris Doctor, Suffolk University School Law, Boston, 1976.


    • Associate Beals & DiFiore, Providence, 1977-1990. Legal counsel Rhode Island Home Minority Leader, 1979-1982. Member Rhode Island House of Representatives, Providence, 1983—1990.

      Associate justice Rhode Island Family Court, 1990—2003. Justice Rhode Island Supreme Court, since 2003, chief justice, since 2009.


    Member Little Compton (Rhode Island) Republican Town Commission, 1981-1990. Delegate Rhode Island Republican State Committee, 1981-1990, Republican National Convention, 1988. Board directors Friends of Sakonnet Lighthouse.

    Board directors Little Compton History Society, chairman, since 1999. Member board deacons Little Compton Congregational Church, 1995-1999, chair, 1997-1999. Member Sakonnet Preservation Association, Rhode Island Agricultural Lands Preservation Committee.


    • Married Mary Wood Cissel, May 24, 1980. Children: William Theodore Stickney, Grace Wood.
    • father: Allyn Kingsley Suttell
    • mother: Pauline Louise (Stickney) Suttell
    • spouse: Mary Wood Cissel
    • children: William Theodore Stickney Suttell
    • Grace Wood Suttell
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    Born January 10, 1949
    (age 68)