HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Thursday tapped some familiar faces in his latest round of judicial nominations.
The Democrat announced he has nominated veteran Superior Court Judge Christine Keller to serve on the Connecticut Appellate Court. Keller is married to former House Speaker Thomas Ritter of Hartford.
Malloy also nominated former Republican state Sen. Andrew Roraback, the GOP’s 5th Congressional District candidate; well-known Hartford defense attorney Hope Seeley; former Groton state Rep. Thomas Moukawsher; Karen Goodrow, director of the Connecticut Innocence Project; and Jason M. Lobo of Suffield, brother of former University of Connecticut basketball star Rebecca Lobo, to the superior court, along with 10 others.
Keller, of Hartford, was first appointed to the lower court in 1993. Malloy praised her for her work on family and juvenile issues, saying she'll bring ‘‘a great amount of experience and competence to the Appellate Court.’’
Prior to becoming a judge, Keller worked as a family support magistrate, a private attorney, the city of Hartford’s corporation counsel and staff attorney with Neighborhood Legal Services in Hartford. She earned her B.A. from Smith College and her law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law.
Keller’s nomination will fill the vacancy being left by Judge Carmen Espinosa, nominated by Malloy to the Connecticut State Supreme Court.
All the nominees still await legislative confirmation.
Malloy said he does not plan to fill the remaining 15 superior court vacancies at this time.