Chief Court Administrator Makes Judicial Assignments
Various vacancies have prompted
Chief Court Administrator Joseph H. Pellegrino to make the
following judicial assignments: Superior Court Judge Michael
A. Mack has been appointed deputy chief court administrator,
Judge Barbara Quinn has been appointed chief administrative
judge of juvenile matters, and Judge Julia DiCocco Dewey has
been appointed chief administrative judge of family matters.
Judge Mack replaces Judge
Thomas F. Parker, who retired in February. Judge Quinn
replaces Judge Mack, who had been chief administrative judge
of the juvenile division since 2002. Judge Dewey replaces the
Honorable F. Herbert Gruendel, who was appointed to the
Judge Mack’s appointment took
effect on April 4; Judge Quinn’s and Judge Dewey’s
appointments took effect on April 28.
"I am very pleased that all
three of these extremely talented individuals have accepted
these new responsibilities," Judge Pellegrino said. "I look
forward to working with them."
As deputy chief court
administrator, Judge Mack will assist Judge Pellegrino in the
day-to-day operations of the Judicial Branch. "I look forward
to my new assignment as I do to every new challenge and
opportunity," Judge Mack said.
Judge Mack received his B.A.
from St. Mary’s Seminary-University of Baltimore, Maryland,
and his J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law
in 1962. Judge Mack was in private practice from 1962-1983,
with an emphasis on civil litigation. In 1983, then-Gov.
William A. O’Neill appointed him to the bench. He served as a
judge until June 1990, when he accepted a position at Aetna
Life & Casualty Co., serving as the vice president of the
Claim Legal Department. In 1998, Judge Mack returned to the
Superior Court and served as presiding judge of the Superior
Court for Juvenile Matters in Windham before becoming chief
administrative judge of juvenile matters.
Chief administrative judges
oversee the following Superior Court divisions: juvenile,
family, criminal, civil, judicial marshal services, facilities
and judge trial referees. Their responsibilities include
representing the chief court administrator on matters of
their respective divisions, and
soliciting advice and suggestions from the judges and others
on matters affecting their respective divisions.
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.
Her most recent assignment was
to the complex litigation docket, initially based in the New
London/Norwich Judicial District and then relocated to
Middletown on Jan. 1, 2004. From 1997 to 2001, she was
assigned to the Regional Child Protection Session of the
Superior Court for Juvenile Matters, located in Middletown,
serving as its presiding judge from 1999-2001. During her
assignment to this special docket, she was the chair of the
ADR Committee, which developed and implemented a mediation
program with attorney and therapist mediators in juvenile
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.
Judge Dewey received her B.A.
Magna Cum Laude from the University of Bridgeport in 1973 and
her Juris Doctor in 1976 from Columbus School of Law
Catholic University of America. From 1977-82, she served as an
attorney for the Naval Legal Service Office in Newport, R.I.,
and as the assistant staff judge advocate in Norfolk, Va. As
such, her duties included the appellate review of all
courts-martial convened by shore and operational commands
within the jurisdiction of the Commander of Naval Air Forces
in the Atlantic.
From May 1982 through June
1986, she was an assistant state’s attorney in the New Haven
Judicial District. In 1986, she was assigned as the supervisor
of the Statewide Prosecution Unit for the Office of the Chief
State’s Attorney. In that role, she oversaw the prosecution of
cases involving white collar crime, public corruption and
organized crime. She also supervised the Workers Compensation
Fraud Unit and the Health and Social Services Fraud Bureau.
In January 1998, she was sworn
in as a Superior Court judge. She has served in the Judicial
Districts of New Haven, Hartford, Waterbury and Bridgeport,
and has adjudicated cases in the family, juvenile and criminal
divisions. She also has served as presiding judge of the
family and civil divisions in Bridgeport. Her most recent
assignment was as presiding judge, Civil Division, at the
Judicial District Courthouse in Bridgeport.
"I am honored by the trust the
Judicial Branch has placed in me," Judge Dewey said.
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