Carmen E. Espinosa
|Carmen E. Espinosa|
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|Current Court Information:|
|Connecticut Supreme Court|
|Appointed by:||Gov. Dan Malloy|
|Preceded by:||C. Ian McLachlan|
|Past post:||Connecticut Appellate Court|
|Past post 2:||Judge, New Britain District Superior Court|
|Past term 2:||1992-2011|
|Undergraduate:||Central Connecticut State College, 1971|
|Law School:||George Washington University, 1976|
|Grad. School:||Brown University, 1973|
Carmen Elisa Espinosa is a justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court. She was appointed by Governor Dannel Malloy on January 7, 2013 and took office on March 6, 2013. Her current term expires in 2021.
Espinosa received her undergraduate degrees (Secondary Education major; Spanish and French minors) from Central Connecticut State College in 1971, her Master's degree (Hispanic Studies) from Brown University in 1973, and her J.D. from George Washington University in 1976.
After graduating from law school, Espinosa served as a special agent for the FBI. She then spent 11 years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut. During that time, she spent nine years in the Criminal Division and two years in the Civil Division. She was appointed to the New Britain District Superior Court in January 1992, becoming the first Hispanic Superior Court judge in the state. She was then appointed to the Appellate Court, effective March 16, 2011. She served there until her Supreme Court nomination in 2013.
Nomination to Supreme Court
On January 7, 2013, Governor Dannel Malloy nominated Espinosa to serve on the Connecticut Supreme Court. When confirmed by the Connecticut State Legislature, she became Connecticut's first Hispanic justice.
|“||Judge Carmen Espinosa has had an impressive career and is among our state's most respected jurists. - Governor Dannel Malloy||”|
Nomination to Appellate Court
On March 2, 2011, Governor Dannel Malloy nominated Espinosa to serve on the Connecticut Appellate Court. When confirmed by the Connecticut State Legislature, she became the first Hispanic judge to serve on the court. 
Awards and associations
- Women of Influence Award, Central Connecticut State University
- 2011 Hispanic Business 100 Influentials, Hispanic Business magazine
- United States Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award
- United States Department of Justice Special Achievement Award
- News: Appellate Judge Carmen Espinosa on her way to becoming Connecticut's first Hispanic justice, January 7, 2013
- News: Lubbie Harper and Carmen Espinosa join Connecticut courts, April 12, 2011
- Judicial selection in Connecticut
- State of Connecticut Judicial Branch
- MyRecordJournal.com, "Local woman adjusts to Supreme Court bench," September 15, 2013
- Norwich Bulletin, "New judges joining Connecticut supreme, appeals courts," April 8, 2011
- The Hartford Courant, "Espinosa Nominated To Be First Hispanic Appellate Judge," March 2, 2011
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Governor Dan Malloy Press Release, "Gov. Malloy Nominates Judge Carmen Espinosa to State Supreme Court," January 7, 2013
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Connecticut Judicial Branch: Justice Carmen Elisa Espinosa biography
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 The Connecticut Law Tribune, "Appellate Judge Espinosa Nominated To State Supreme Court," January 7, 2013
- ↑ The Hartford Courant, "Espinosa Nominated To Be First Hispanic Appellate Judge," March 2, 2011