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Judge Christine E. Keller

Honorable Christine E. KellerJudge Christine E. Keller, of Hartford, is an honors graduate of Smith College (1974) and an honors graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Law (1977).

On January 24, 2013, Judge Keller was nominated by Governor Dannel P. Malloy to be a judge of the Appellate Court; the General Assembly approved her nomination on March 6, 2013.  Prior to her appointment to the Appellate Court, Judge Keller was a Superior Court Judge, having been appointed by Governor Lowell P. Weicker in 1993, and a Family Support Magistrate, having been appointed by Governor William A. O’Neill in 1989.

Since her appointment as a Connecticut Superior Court Judge, Judge Keller has served as Presiding Judge in both the Hartford and Plainville juvenile courts, and has also served terms in Waterbury criminal court, New Britain civil and family courts, the Middletown Regional Child Protection Session,  and Hartford criminal and civil courts. From 1997 to 2002, she served as the statewide Chief Administrative Judge for Juvenile Matters.

In 2005, she was appointed Administrative Judge for the Judicial District of Hartford, a position she held until 2007, when she was reappointed a second time as Chief Administrative Judge for Juvenile Matters, a position she held until 2012. In 2008, the Connecticut Bar Association awarded Judge Keller the Henry J. Naruk Judiciary Award, presented annually to a Connecticut judge for judicial excellence.

Judge Keller serves or has served on a number of task forces and committees affecting juvenile issues including the Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee and the Child Advocate Advisory Board. She has also served on the Court Improvement Project Advisory Board and the Governor’s Task Force on Judicial Reform, which addressed openness in the Judicial Branch.

Judge Keller currently serves as the chair of the Committee on Judicial Ethics, and from 1997 to 2005, Judge Keller was a member of the Superior Court Rules Committee. She also served as chair of a task force to recommend revisions to the juvenile rules of practice and a member of a subcommittee proposing revisions to the Code of Judicial Conduct.

Prior to her appointment as a Family Support Magistrate and after graduation from law school, Judge Keller practiced family, personal injury and real estate law at Neighborhood Legal Services in Hartford and subsequently worked at the Office of the Corporation Counsel for the City of Hartford and the law firm of Ritter and Keller.

Judge Keller is a member of the Connecticut and Hartford County Bar Associations and the Connecticut Judges Association, where she has held the offices of secretary and vice-president. She was a member of the Judicial Review Council, the state disciplinary body for judges, from 2006 to 2008.

Judge Keller has served as a faculty member of the Connecticut Judges’ Institute, conducting three seminars on judicial ethics and juvenile law for other Connecticut judges. She has lectured on juvenile topics in numerous attorney training programs. She is also a James Cooper Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation and former president of the Hartford chapter of the Inns of Court, a networking and training group for newly admitted attorneys.