1st Hispanic state Supreme Court judge to speak at QANC Oct. 8

The state’s first Hispanic Supreme Court judge, Justice Carmen E. Espinosa, will be the featured speaker at the Queen Ann Nzinga Center’s Hispanic Heritage Celebration Saturday, Oct. 8.

The celebration, held from 1 to 4 p.m., will offer free food, dancing, music, storytelling, games, arts and crafts, raffles, giveaways and speakers. Beginning at 1 p.m., visitors to the Stockman Gallery at Trinity-on-Main, 19 Chestnut St., New Britain, may visit a variety of booths offering food, health and wellness information, and activities.

State Representative Robert Sanchez, who serves New Britain’s 25th district, will open the program with remarks at 1:30 p.m. Sanchez, formerly a member of the New Britain Board of Education, works as a case manager and fatherhood initiative coordinator at the Human Resources Agency of New Britain.

Justice Espinosa, a New Britain native and Central Connecticut State University graduate, will speak at 2 p.m. She has achieved several firsts for Connecticut: first Hispanic and first Hispanic woman to be appointed to the Superior Court in 1992; first Hispanic appointed as a judge of the Appellate Court in 2011; and first Hispanic to become a justice of the Supreme Court in 2013. She is also a former FBI agent and Assistant U.S. State’s Attorney, where she prosecuted criminal and civil cases. Justice Espinosa received her Juris Doctor from The George Washington University Law School. She holds a Master of Arts Degree in Hispanic Studies from Brown University.

This free, family friendly event, appropriate for children and teens ages 5 and up, is made possible thanks to donations from J. Walton Bissell Foundation, Greater Hartford Art Council, the City of New Britain, and American Savings Foundation.espinosa-headshot