Judge Bethany J. Alvord was born in
Boston, Massachusetts. She attended Colgate University,
graduating cum laude in 1979, with a B.A. in Russian Studies and
International Relations. Judge Alvord then attended the
University of Connecticut School of Law, where she received her
Juris Doctor, with honors, in corporate law in 1982.
Prior to becoming a judge, Judge Alvord served on the Town of
Suffield Zoning Board of Appeals from 1988 to 1999. She also served
on the Town of Suffield Retirement Commission from 1997 to 1998.
From 1982 to 1992, Judge Alvord was employed by
Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company as a Second Vice
President and Associate General Counsel in its Law Department. From
1993 to 1998, Judge Alvord was employed by Aetna, Inc. as the
Assistant Vice President, Counsel, for the Retirement Services
In January of 1999, Judge Alvord was sworn in as a
Family Support Magistrate for the State of Connecticut. She served
as a Family Support Magistrate until 2002, when she became a Judge
of the Superior Court of the State of Connecticut. During her time
on the Superior Court bench, Judge Alvord served as the Presiding
Judge of the Family Division in New Haven. She was also assigned to
hear matters in Rockville, Tolland, Waterbury and Hartford.
In April of 2009, Governor M. Jodi Rell appointed
Judge Alvord to the Appellate Court.