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Carmen E. Espinosa

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Carmen E. Espinosa
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Current Court Information:
Connecticut Supreme Court
Title:   Justice
Salary:  $
Appointed by:   Gov. Dan Malloy
Active:   2013-2021
Preceded by:   C. Ian McLachlan
Past post:   Judge, Connecticut Appellate Court
Past term:   2011-2013
Past post 2:   Judge, New Britain District Superior Court
Past term 2:   1992-2011
Personal History
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.[1][2]


Espinosa received her bachelor's degree in secondary education, with minors in Spanish and French, from Central Connecticut State College in 1971. She earned a master's degree in Hispanic studies from Brown University in 1973, and a J.D. from George Washington University in 1976.[1][2]


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.[2][1]

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.[1][3]

Judge Carmen Espinosa has had an impressive career and is among our state's most respected jurists.[3] - Governor Dannel Malloy[4]

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. [5]

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[2]

See also

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