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Biography - Judge Donna F. Martinez

Judge Martinez was appointed United States Magistrate Judge on February 8, 1994. She received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut in 1973, a Master’s degree from the University of Connecticut School of Social Work in 1975, and a Law Degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1978.

After graduating from law school, Judge Martinez worked as an Assistant Corporation Counsel at City Hall in Hartford. In 1980, she joined the Office of the United States Attorney in the District of Connecticut. An Assistant United States Attorney for almost fifteen years, she represented the government in all types of civil and criminal litigation. When she left in 1994, Judge Martinez was serving as the United States Attorney’s Chief of the Organized Crime/Drug Enforcement Task Force.

Judge Martinez has taught at the United States Department of Justice Advocacy Institute and at Yale Law School. She has been a member of the Connecticut Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association and the Federal Magistrate Judges’ Association. Judge Martinez is a past President and Vice-President of the Oliver Ellsworth Chapter of the American Inns of Court.