The Honorable Janet Bond Arterton has served as a United States district judge for the District of Connecticut, sitting in New Haven, since 1995.
Born in Philadelphia, Arterton studied political science at Mount Holyoke College. In 1977, she earned a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law. Arterton was a law clerk for Herbert Stern in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey from 1977 to 1978. She worked in private practice—focusing on labor and employment law in federal and state courts—from 1978 to 1995.
Arterton was nominated by President Bill Clinton, confirmed by the United States Senate, and entered on duty May 15, 1995 as United States District Judge for the District of Connecticut. In 1996, she received the Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund’s Maria Miller Stewart Recognition Award, and in 2000 she received Community Mediation Inc.’s Robert C. Zampano Award for Excellence in Mediation.
Arterton served on the United States Judicial Conference Committee on International Judicial Relations from 2002 to 2008. In 2010, Arterton participated in an in-country study of acid violence in Cambodia undertaken by Cornell Law School’s Avon Center for Women and Justice. She continues to advise on the project.
This past March, Arterton joined Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, her predecessors Condoleezza Rice and Madeleine Albright, and other women leaders at the 2011 Women in the World Summit. The event, now in its second year, seeks creative solutions to problems facing women in both developing and developed countries.