On January 24, 2013, Judge Keller was
nominated by Governor Dannel P. Malloy to be a judge of the
Appellate Court; the General Assembly approved her nomination on
March 6, 2013. Prior to her appointment to the Appellate
Court, Judge Keller was a Superior Court Judge, having been
appointed by Governor Lowell P. Weicker in 1993, and a Family
Support Magistrate, having been appointed by Governor William A.
O’Neill in 1989.
Since her appointment as a Connecticut Superior Court Judge, Judge Keller has
served as Presiding Judge in both the Hartford and Plainville
juvenile courts, and has also served terms in Waterbury criminal
court, New Britain civil and family courts and Hartford criminal and
civil courts. From 1997 to 2002, she served as the Chief
Administrative Judge for Juvenile Matters at the Hartford and
In 2005, she was appointed Administrative Judge for the Judicial District of
Hartford, a position she held until 2007, when she was reappointed
to her former position as Chief Administrative Judge for Juvenile
Matters. In 2008, the Connecticut Bar Association awarded Judge
Keller the Henry J. Naruk Judiciary Award, presented annually to a
Connecticut judge for judicial excellence.
Judge Keller serves or has served on a number of task forces and
committees affecting juvenile issues including the Juvenile Justice
Advisory Committee and the Child Advocate Advisory Board. She has
also served on the Court Improvement Project Advisory Board and the
Governor’s Task Force on Judicial Reform, which addressed openness
in the Judicial Branch.
From 1997 to 2005, Judge Keller was a member of the Superior Court Rules
Committee. She also served as chair of a task force to recommend
revisions to the juvenile rules of practice and a member of a
subcommittee proposing revisions to the Code of Judicial Conduct.
Prior to her appointment as a Family Support Magistrate and after graduation from law school,
Judge Keller practiced family, personal injury and real estate law
at Neighborhood Legal Services in Hartford and subsequently worked
at the Office of the Corporation Counsel for the City of Hartford
and the law firm of Ritter and Keller.
Judge Keller is a member of the Connecticut and Hartford County Bar
Associations and the Connecticut Judges Association, where she has
held the offices of secretary and vice-president. She was a member
of the Judicial Review Council, the state disciplinary body for
judges, from 2006 to 2008.
Judge Keller has served as a faculty member of the Connecticut Judges’
Institute, conducting three seminars on judicial ethics and juvenile
law for other Connecticut judges. She has lectured on juvenile
topics in numerous attorney training programs. She is also a James
Cooper Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation and former president
of the Hartford chapter of the Inns of Court, a networking and
training group for newly admitted attorneys.