As a majority of immigrants, Judge Angelo L. dos Santos, recipient of the Americo S. Ventura Lifetime Achievement Award from the Portuguese Bar Association of Connecticut, knows well the struggles of venturing off to another country in pursuit of a better life. At the age of seven, he had to learn to speak, read and write English in his first year of school in Bridgeport, CT. He was an honor student in high school, and in 1970, he received his BA with honors from UConn, with a major in French and a minor in Spanish, also becoming certified as a teacher.
Instead of teaching, Santos decided to attend law school, obtaining his Juris Doctor degree in 1973, and while there, receiving the American Jurisprudence award for legal research and writing and for international law.
Upon completion of law school, Santos was hired as an assistant public defender. In 1979, he opened a law practice in Hartford. In 2001, he was nominated to the Superior Court where he served until July 2010, when he obtained senior status. As a judge, he has presided over every kind of case in the Connecticut judicial system.
Honorable Judge Angelo L. dos Santos is the first person of Portuguese descent to be appointed to a judgeship in the state of Connecticut.