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Chief Court Administrator Makes Judicial Assignments

Various vacancies have prompted Chief Court Administrator Joseph H. Pellegrino to make the following judicial assignments: Superior Court Judge Michael A. Mack has been appointed deputy chief court administrator, Judge Barbara Quinn has been appointed chief administrative judge of juvenile matters, and Judge Julia DiCocco Dewey has been appointed chief administrative judge of family matters.

Judge Mack replaces Judge Thomas F. Parker, who retired in February. Judge Quinn replaces Judge Mack, who had been chief administrative judge of the juvenile division since 2002. Judge Dewey replaces the Honorable F. Herbert Gruendel, who was appointed to the Appellate Court.

Judge Mack’s appointment took effect on April 4; Judge Quinn’s and Judge Dewey’s appointments took effect on April 28.

"I am very pleased that all three of these extremely talented individuals have accepted these new responsibilities," Judge Pellegrino said. "I look forward to working with them."

As deputy chief court administrator, Judge Mack will assist Judge Pellegrino in the day-to-day operations of the Judicial Branch. "I look forward to my new assignment as I do to every new challenge and opportunity," Judge Mack said.

Judge Mack received his B.A. from St. Mary’s Seminary-University of Baltimore, Maryland, and his J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1962. Judge Mack was in private practice from 1962-1983, with an emphasis on civil litigation. In 1983, then-Gov. William A. O’Neill appointed him to the bench. He served as a judge until June 1990, when he accepted a position at Aetna Life & Casualty Co., serving as the vice president of the Claim Legal Department. In 1998, Judge Mack returned to the Superior Court and served as presiding judge of the Superior Court for Juvenile Matters in Windham before becoming chief administrative judge of juvenile matters.

Chief administrative judges oversee the following Superior Court divisions: juvenile, family, criminal, civil, judicial marshal services, facilities and judge trial referees. Their responsibilities include representing the chief court administrator on matters of policy affecting

their respective divisions, and soliciting advice and suggestions from the judges and others on matters affecting their respective divisions.

Judge Quinn graduated with honors from Bryn Mawr College, where she was a New England Regional Scholar. She received her Juris Doctor from Emory University School of Law in 1977 and was admitted to the Connecticut and Rhode Island bars the year she graduated. Judge Quinn was in private practice for 19 years in the New London area. She is a former chair of the family law section of the Connecticut Bar Association, a former member of its board of governors and a former CBA vice president. Prior to her appointment to the bench in 1996, she was a judge of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Court.

Her most recent assignment was to the complex litigation docket, initially based in the New London/Norwich Judicial District and then relocated to Middletown on Jan. 1, 2004. From 1997 to 2001, she was assigned to the Regional Child Protection Session of the Superior Court for Juvenile Matters, located in Middletown, serving as its presiding judge from 1999-2001. During her assignment to this special docket, she was the chair of the ADR Committee, which developed and implemented a mediation program with attorney and therapist mediators in juvenile cases.

Judge Quinn is a fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation. She also serves as vice chair

of the Connecticut Bar Examining Committee, and is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Connecticut School of Law, where she teaches an upper-class course on alternate forms of dispute resolution.

Judge Dewey received her B.A. Magna Cum Laude from the University of Bridgeport in 1973 and her Juris Doctor in 1976 from Columbus School of Law Catholic University of America. From 1977-82, she served as an attorney for the Naval Legal Service Office in Newport, R.I., and as the assistant staff judge advocate in Norfolk, Va. As such, her duties included the appellate review of all courts-martial convened by shore and operational commands within the jurisdiction of the Commander of Naval Air Forces in the Atlantic.

From May 1982 through June 1986, she was an assistant state’s attorney in the New Haven Judicial District. In 1986, she was assigned as the supervisor of the Statewide Prosecution Unit for the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney. In that role, she oversaw the prosecution of cases involving white collar crime, public corruption and organized crime. She also supervised the Workers Compensation Fraud Unit and the Health and Social Services Fraud Bureau.

In January 1998, she was sworn in as a Superior Court judge. She has served in the Judicial Districts of New Haven, Hartford, Waterbury and Bridgeport, and has adjudicated cases in the family, juvenile and criminal divisions. She also has served as presiding judge of the family and civil divisions in Bridgeport. Her most recent assignment was as presiding judge, Civil Division, at the Judicial District Courthouse in Bridgeport.

"I am honored by the trust the Judicial Branch has placed in me," Judge Dewey said.

For further information, please contact Rhonda Stearley-Hebert, manager of communications, at 860-757-2270.

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