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NEWTOWN/BRIDGEPORT Dooley appointed federal judge

September 19, 2018

A Newtown resident with a long and distinguished legal career has been appointed to serve as a federal judge.

Judge Kari A. Dooley, who has served as a judge in state court for more than a decade, has been appointed to serve as a federal judge for the District of Connecticut.

Dooley was nominated for the position by President Donald Trump in December.

“The citizens of Connecticut are fortunate to have a person of Judge Dooley’s intellect, temperament, and integrity appointed to the federal bench,” Chief U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill said. “ She possesses a wealth of experience and knowledge, and my colleagues and I enthusiastically welcome her to the ranks of judicial officers in our District.”

Dooley graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1988 before beginning her legal career as an associate with the law firm of Whitman and Ransom in Greenwich. In 1992, she joined the U.S. Attorney’s office in the Connecticut District where she prosecuted criminal cases.

She worked as a federal prosecutor for more than a decade before being tapped by former Gov. Jodi Rell to serve as a Superior Court judge, a position she held for 14 years.

Dooley was nominated to fill the vacancy left by Judge Robert Chatigny, who assumed senior status in January 2017. Dooley will serve as one of eight authorized judges in the District of Connecticut.

Dooley will serve out of the Brien McMahon federal building in Bridgeport.

Dooley’s appointment was confirmed earlier this month by the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.

Members of the committee voted overwhelmingly to endorse her appointment. She officially received her commission on Sept. 13.

dperrefort@newstimes.com

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