Gov. Dannel P. Malloy nominated Appellate Court Judge Carmen Espinosa to sit on Connecticut's State Supreme Court.
Malloy said Monday Espinosa would be the first Hispanic to serve on both the Appellate and Supreme Court. Malloy tapped Espinosa to the Appellate Court 21 months ago. She must be confirmed by the Legislature.
Malloy said Espinosa has had an impressive career and is one of the state's most respected jurists. She was first appointed to the superior court in 1992.
"It is an honor to have the opportunity to name a woman with such a distinct and respected background to our state's highest court," Governor Malloy said. "Judge Carmen Espinosa has had an impressive career and is among our state's most respected jurists. She will serve the people well when confirmed to the bench."
Espinosa said she hopes her nomination will serve as an example to young Hispanic children that anything is possible if they stay in school.
"I fully understand the responsibility that will fall upon my shoulders if confirmed as the first Hispanic to sit as a Supreme Court Justice in our great state. It is a responsibility which I will gladly accept and one that I would fulfill with diligence and dedication," she said. "I hope that my nomination to the Supreme Court serves as an example to young Hispanic children that anything is possible if they stay in school and use education as the bridge to success."
She would replace the retiring Justice C. Ian McLachlan.
Espinosa was born in Puerto Rico and received her law degree from George Washington University Law School.
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