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Judge Joseph H. Pellegrino
Honorable Joseph H. Pellegrino is a native of New Haven and, with the exception of his college years, a lifelong resident of Connecticut. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy in 1958 and earned a Master of Arts degree in education from Fairfield University in 1962. He attended Boston College Law School, where he received his Juris Doctor in 1963.

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Upon his admittance to the Connecticut Bar immediately following law school, he was in private practice in New Haven until 1990, when he was appointed a Superior Court Judge.

In May 1997 he was named Chief Administrative Judge, Civil Division, and held that post until March 2000 when he was elevated to the Appellate Court. He was named Chief Court Administrator of the Connecticut Judicial Branch December 27, 2000, by former Chief Justice Francis M. McDonald, Jr. and remained a Judge of the Appellate Court.

Effective Feb. 1, 2006, Judge Pellegrino took senior judge status and retired as Chief Court Administrator. As a senior judge, he will hear Appellate Court cases.

A Fellow with the Connecticut Bar Foundation, Judge Pellegrino has served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Superior Court and a member of the Superior Court Rules Committee.

Throughout his professional career, Judge Pellegrino has received numerous awards, including the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Associationís Judicial Award  (1996); the Connecticut Italian American Bar Associationís Achievement Award  (1998); the Honorable Robert C. Zampano Award for Excellence in Mediation from the Community Mediation, Inc. (1998) and the Italian Law Society Award from Quinnipiac School of Law (1998).

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