Gov. Dannel P. Malloy nominated two new justices to the Connecticut Supreme Court this week — appellate judges Maria Araujo Kahn of Cheshire and Raheem L. Mullins of Cromwell.
Kahn and Mullins, respectively, will fill vacancies left by Justice Carmen E. Espinosa, who volunteered for senior status in July, and Justice Dennis G. Eveleigh, who reached the court’s mandatory retirement age of 70 Monday.
Malloy said it was an honor to nominate the judges. “They both have had impressive careers, and during their time on the bench have become among our state’s most respected jurists. Judge Kahn and Judge Mullins will serve the people of Connecticut well on the Supreme Court.”
“I am immensely grateful to Governor Malloy for the honor and the trust he has placed in me through this nomination,” Kahn said. “I have devoted my career to public service and am truly humbled by the chance to continue to serve the people of Connecticut as a member of the Supreme Court. If confirmed by the General Assembly, I will work hard to prove worthy of that trust.”
“I am honored and grateful for the trust Governor Malloy has demonstrated in me by nominating me to serve on the Supreme Court,” Mullins said. “It is a privilege to be nominated and, if confirmed by the legislature, I will faithfully discharge my duty to the people of the State of Connecticut.”
Malloy also announced that the nomination of Superior Court Judge William H. Bright Jr. of Columbia to fill one of the two vacancies being left by Kahn and Mullins.
“Since 2008, Judge Bright has served on the Superior Court with distinction,” Malloy said. “He will bring with him a great amount of experience and competence to the Appellate Court.”
Kahn was born in Angola and emigrated to the United States at age 10. She became a judge of the Superior Court in 2006 and primarily heard criminal matters in that position. In May 2017, Malloy nominated her to serve on the Appellate Court. Before becoming a judge, she was an assistant U.S. attorney in New Haven.
Mullins became a judge of the Appellate Court in May 2014. Malloy previously nominated him as a judge of the Superior Court in 2012. He was previously an assistant state’s attorney for the Appellate Bureau of the Division of Criminal Justice in Rocky Hill and an assistant attorney general in the Child Protection Division in Hartford. He worked as a law clerk for Judge Frederick L. Brown of the Massachusetts Appeals Court from 2004 to 2005.
Bright was confirmed by the General Assembly to serve on the Superior Court in March 2008. He was previously a partner with McCarter & English in Hartford, where he worked as a trial attorney and co-chairman of the firm’s business litigation group. From 1987 to 2003 he worked as an associate and partner with Cummings & Lockwood in Hartford.