Information courtesy of Gov. Malloy's office
Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that he is nominating the Honorable Christine E. Keller of Hartford to serve as a judge on the Connecticut Appellate Court. In addition, he is nominating 15 other Connecticut attorneys to become judges of the Superior Court, including Branford's Shelley Marcus.
The 15 Superior Court nominees will fill 30 vacancies on that court. Governor Malloy said that he does not intend on filling the remaining 15 positions at this time.
Marcus is an attorney with the Marcus Law Firm, having experience in private practice for over twenty years. She has also served in various governmental positions including chief screening counsel to the House Democrats. She received her B.A. from Albertus Magnus College, cum laude, and her J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law with honors.
“I am honored to have been nominated by Governor Malloy to be a Superior Court judge," said Marcus. "I look forward to the confirmation process and to serving on the bench along with the many distinguished members of the Connecticut judiciary.”
Judge Keller first was sworn in as a Superior Court judge in August 1993.
“Since 1993, Judge Keller has served in the Superior Court with distinction, particularly with her work on family and juvenile issues,” Governor Malloy said. “She will bring with her a great amount of experience and competence to the Appellate Court.”
“I greatly appreciate the confidence the Governor has in my ability to assume this position, and, if I am confirmed by the legislature, I promise to continue to serve the people of this state as diligently, compassionately and fairly as I can,” Judge Keller said. “In so doing, I will draw on my 24 years of experience presiding over cases in all divisions of the court – family, civil, criminal and especially, juvenile – as well the knowledge I have acquired serving in administrative positions within the Judicial Branch. Added to that experience will be what I have learned from my years of practice as a legal aid, municipal and real estate lawyer.”
Prior to becoming a judge, Keller served as a family support magistrate from 1989 to 1993, worked in private practice from 1987 to 1989, served as Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Hartford from 1984 to 1987, and was a staff attorney with Neighborhood Legal Services in Hartford from 1977 to 1984. She received her B.A. from Smith College and her J.D. from University of Connecticut School of Law.
Judge Keller’s nomination will fill the vacancy being left by the Honorable Carmen Espinosa, who has been nominated to serve as a justice on the Supreme Court. The nomination is conditioned on the General Assembly acting favorably on the nomination of Judge Espinosa.