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Chief Justice Rogers Appoints Judge Quinn As Deputy Chief Court Administrator

Chief Justice Chase T. Rogers today announced that the Honorable Barbara M. Quinn has been appointed to the position of deputy chief court administrator, effective today. Up until this appointment, Judge Quinn had served as chief administrative judge of juvenile matters.

Hon. Barbara M. Quinn, Deputy Chief Court Administrator
Judge Quinn

  “Barbara Quinn is a dedicated public servant who will bring a fresh voice and new ideas to the Office of the Chief Court Administrator. She is also an excellent listener and, as a leader, she will consult all sides of an issue before making administrative decisions,” Chief Justice Rogers said.

Chief Justice Rogers added: “As a former member of the Judicial Branch’s Public Access Task Force, Judge Quinn also shares this administration’s view that our courts must be open, transparent and accountable to the public it serves. While we will miss Judge Quinn in her role as chief administrative judge for juvenile matters, both Chief Court Administrator William J. Lavery and I are excited about the opportunity to work with her and set policy for the branch.

Judge Lavery described Judge Quinn as “an excellent judge who has proved a capable and energetic administrator.”

“Running our juvenile courts is a challenging assignment, and Judge Quinn has done an excellent job,” Judge Lavery added. “I have no doubt that she will bring that same talent and commitment to her new position.”

Judge Quinn said she is honored “that Chief Justice Rogers and Judge Lavery have the confidence in me to be part of their team. The Judicial Branch is in transition, and I look forward to all of the challenges that are ahead.”

Judge Quinn replaces Judge Michael A. Mack, who reached the mandatory retirement age of 70 in March 2007.

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.

Before becoming chief administrative judge of juvenile matters in April 2005, Judge Quinn was assigned to the complex litigation docket. From 1997 to 2001, she was assigned to the Regional Child Protection Session of the Superior Court for Juvenile Matters in Middletown, serving as its presiding judge from 1999-2001. During her assignment to this special docket, she was 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.

For further information, please contact the External Affairs Division at (860) 757-2270.


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