Prior to her appointment to the Supreme Court, Justice
Espinosa was a judge of the Appellate Court, having been
appointed to the position by Governor Malloy. She was sworn in
on March 16, 2011, and was the first Hispanic appointed to serve
as a judge of the Appellate Court.
Justice Espinosa was appointed to the Superior Court on
January 10, 1992, and was the first Hispanic and Hispanic woman
Superior Court Judge in the State of Connecticut.
As a Superior Court Judge, Justice Espinosa presided over
trials in the Judicial Districts of New Britain, Hartford and
Waterbury. In addition to her duties on the bench, Justice
Espinosa has been involved in judicial education and, for nine
years, served on the Judicial Branch’s Education Committee,
which oversees all facets of continuing education for members of
the judiciary. Over the years, she has been on the faculty of
the Education Committee, teaching criminal law courses. Justice
Espinosa previously served on the Client Security Fund Committee
and was also a member of the Sentence Review Division of the
Justice Espinosa is an active member of the Judicial Branch’s
Speakers Bureau and regularly addresses community groups and
students. She also has been a guest on radio shows on WLIS and
WPRX, Spanish radio.
Since her appointment to the Appellate
Court, Justice Espinosa has been honored by the Latino and
Puerto Rican Affairs Commission, the Hispanic Bar Association
and Central Connecticut State University as an inaugural
recipient of the Women of Influence Award. She was also featured
on NBC Connecticut to promote Hispanic Heritage Month. In
September 2011, Justice Espinosa was named one of 2011 Hispanic
Business 100 Influentials by Hispanic Business magazine.
For eleven years prior to her appointment to the bench,
Justice Espinosa was an Assistant United States Attorney for the
District of Connecticut in Hartford, serving nine years in the
Criminal Division and two years in the Civil Division. While an
Assistant United States Attorney, Justice Espinosa received the
United States Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award and
the United States Department of Justice Special Achievement
Award. Before becoming a federal prosecutor, she was a Special
Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Espinosa received her Juris Doctor from The George Washington
University Law School. She holds a Master of Arts Degree in
Hispanic Studies from Brown University and a Bachelor of Science
Degree in Secondary Education with a major in Spanish and French
from Central Connecticut State University.