Judge Maria Araujo Kahn was born in Angola, Africa. She emigrated to the United States at ten years of age and is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish. She graduated from New York University cum laude with a B.A. in politics in 1986 and earned her Juris Doctor from Fordham University School of Law in 1989. Judge Kahn was the first recipient of the Noreen E. McNamara Scholarship at Fordham University School of Law. Following law school, she served as law clerk to the Honorable Peter C. Dorsey, U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Connecticut. She is a member of the United States Supreme Court, United States Federal District Court for the District of Connecticut, United States Court of Appeals Second Circuit and the Connecticut and New York State Bars.
Governor Dannel P. Malloy nominated Judge Kahn to the Appellate Court and the Legislature confirmed her appointment on May 30, 2017. Judge Kahn became a judge of the Superior Court in 2006 and heard primarily criminal matters.
Before becoming a judge, Judge Kahn was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in New Haven. As a federal prosecutor, Judge Kahn was responsible for complex white collar investigations and prosecutions, both civil and criminal, in the areas of health care fraud, bank fraud, bankruptcy fraud and trade secrets.
Judge Kahn has been honored on several occasions with awards including: the Department of Justice Special Achievement Awards in 1998 to 2006, and the Department of Health and Human Services, OIG, Integrity Awards. Judge Kahn is co-chair of the Judicial Branch’s Access to Justice Commission and the Limited English Proficiency Committee. She was also a member of the Judges’ Education Committee and has taught several courses at the Connecticut Judges’ Institute. Judge Kahn is a James W. Cooper Fellow with the Connecticut Bar Foundation.