Gov. Dannel Malloy is nominating Appellate Court Judge Carmen Espinosa to sit on Connecticut's State Supreme Court.
Malloy said Monday Espinosa would be the first Hispanic to serve on both the Appellate and Supreme Court. Malloy tapped Espinosa to the Appellate Court 21 months ago. She must be confirmed by the Legislature.
Malloy said Espinosa has had an impressive career and is one of the state's most respected jurists. She was first appointed to the superior court in 1992.
Espinosa said she hopes her nomination will serve as an example to young Hispanic children that anything is possible if they stay in school.
She would replace the retiring Justice C. Ian McLachlan.
Espinosa was born in Puerto Rico and received her law degree from George Washington University Law School.