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Chief Justice McDonald Appoints
Judge Pellegrino as Chief Court Administrator

HARTFORD - Chief Justice Francis M. McDonald, Jr., announced today that he has appointed The Honorable Joseph H. Pellegrino to be the Chief Court Administrator of the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch. Judge Pellegrino has served as an Appellate Court Judge since March 2000. He assumes the position previously occupied by Judge Robert C. Leuba, who retired on November 27, 2000. "Judge Pellegrino brings to the Chief Court Administator's office extensive experience as a trial judge, administrative judge and appellate judge," said Chief Justice McDonald. "He is sensitive to the needs of the trial court and will work with the judges to meet the Branch's obligation to hear and resolve the cases brought by the people of the state of Connecticut." "I am honored that the Chief Justice has placed his confidence in me, and look forward to working with him and the next Chief Justice to improve the courts for the benefit of the citizens of our state," said Judge Pellegrino. Appellate Court Judge Joseph H. Pellegrino is a native of New Haven and, with the exception of his college years, a lifelong resident of Connecticut. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy in 1958 and earned a Master of Arts degree in education from Fairfield University in 1961. He attended Boston College Law School, where he received his Juris Doctor in 1963.

Upon his admittance to the Connecticut Bar immediately following law school, he was in private practice in New Haven until 1990, when he was appointed a Superior Court Judge. In May 1997 he was named Chief Administrative Judge, Civil Division, and held that post until March 2000 when he was elevated to the Appellate Court. A Fellow with the Connecticut Bar Foundation, Judge Pellegrino has served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Superior Court and a member of the Superior Court Rules Committee. Throughout his professional career, Judge Pellegrino has received numerous awards, including the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association's Judicial Award (1996), the Connecticut Italian American Bar Association's Achievement Award (1998) and the Honorable Robert C. Zampano Award for Excellence in Mediation from the Community Mediation, Inc. (1998).


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