Judge Erika Tindill Speaks to MOVE and WISE Programs
On March 11, the Honorable Judge Erika Tindill visited the students in Goodwin College’s WISE and MOVE programs. Judge Tindill was appointed to the bench by Governor Molloy in March 2014 and sworn in as a Superior Court judge the following month. She currently sits in the Stamford-Norwalk Judicial District hearing criminal, domestic violence, and family matters.
As part of the WISE and MOVE programs’ spring theme of developing motivation and soft skills, Judge Tindill spoke about her experience as a child of single mother and the obstacles she faced in her educational journey. During the conversation, she shared a candid account of her experience growing up in Germany, the challenges of law school, and her role as the chair of the Connecticut Board of Pardons and Paroles. Judge Tindill encouraged the students to become avid readers, to take the time to learn from their mistakes, to face setbacks head on, and to use their dreams as motivation to find success in life. First-year WISE student Amanda Mandeville commented on the experience: “It was inspiring! She inspired us to keep going and work hard to achieve our dreams. She is living proof of what you can become if you put your mind to it.”
After the speech, students engaged in a 30-minute Q&A with the judge, and she invited the students to attend one of her upcoming trials.