On May 2, 2017, CAPABA member, the Honorable Judge Nina Elgo, was nominated by Governor Malloy to serve on the Appellate Court. Judge Elgo was the first Asian Pacific American judge in the state of Connecticut and is now the first Asian Pacific American judge in the state of Connecticut to be nominated to serve on the Appellate Court. Governor Malloy also nominated the Honorable Maria Araujo Kahn to serve as a judge on the Appellate Court. If confirmed by the legislature, this will become the first time in state history that the Appellate Court has been represented by a majority of female judges.
Judge Elgo was first appointed to serve on the Superior Court in May 2004 and is currently assigned to the civil division in the judicial district of Hartford. Her previous assignments include serving as the presiding judge of the statewide child protection session docket in Middletown, the juvenile division in the judicial district of New Haven, the criminal division in the judicial districts of Hartford and Enfield, as well as the habeas corpus docket in Tolland county. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Connecticut College, and her law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center.
Judge Elgo is a dear friend of CAPABA. She served for many years as a Board member and currently serves on the advisory board. Judge Elgo has repeatedly been recognized as a champion for diversity and has been awarded the CAPABA Impact Award, the Connecticut Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Diversity Award, and the Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity Edwin Archer Randolph Diversity Award, among many others. She is truly an inspiration and a role model to all of us in the profession.
Congratulations, Judge Elgo on this historic and well-deserved achievement!