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Judge Dawne G. Westbrook

Honorable Dawne G. Westbrook Governor Ned Lamont nominated Judge Dawne G. Westbrook to the Appellate Court on October 12, 2023, and she was sworn in on October 27, 2023.

Prior to this appointment, Judge Westbrook served as a judge of the Superior Court, having been nominated by Governor M. Jodi Rell in February 2009. While a Superior Court Judge she served as the Chief Administrative Judge for Juvenile Matters and the Administrative Judge of the Tolland Judicial District. Judge Westbrook also presided over criminal matters in both Hartford and Manchester, family matters in Hartford, and juvenile matters in Rockville and Hartford.

Prior to becoming a judge, Judge Westbrook worked as a solo practitioner in Middletown and Glastonbury; a part-time lecturer at Manchester Community College; and as an associate at Williams & Pattis, LLC in New Haven. She also served as Assistant Commission Counsel for the State of Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities; a member of the State Grievance Panel; a facilitator for the Connecticut Commission on Children’s Parent Leadership Training Institute; a board member of the Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund; and as Legal Redress Counsel for the Connecticut chapter of the NAACP.

Judge Westbrook chairs the Judicial Education Committee and serves as a member of the Connecticut Bar Foundation, Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers’ Board of Directors, and the Judicial-Media Committee. She previously served as a member of the Public Service and Trust Commission, Client Security Fund Committee, the Executive Committee, the Human Capital Committee, and the Social Media Committee. In addition, Governor Ned Lamont appointed her, and the General Assembly approved her nomination to serve as a member of the Judicial Review Council from 2021-2023.

Judge Westbrook received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and philosophy Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee in 1992. She graduated from the Vanderbilt University School of Law in Nashville, Tennessee in 1995 and was admitted to the Connecticut Bar in 1999.