Probate Judge Dianne Yamin, a Lifelong Commitment to Danburians

Her dedication and passion for helping the community are known beyond state lines. Honorable Probate Judge Dianne E. Yamin has set a new standard for the role of compassion in the workplace.

By Angela Barbosa

Elected Danbury's first female judge in 1990 and the youngest jurist in the state’s history, Judge Yamin has also served as the first female Chair of the Board of the Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce and as President Judge of the Connecticut Probate Court system. 

She has been a member of the National College of Probate Judges (NCPJ) for more than 30 years. On November 17, she was unanimously elected by her fellow jurists and sworn in as NCPJ’s president at their annual conference in Destin, Florida. 

The National College of Probate Judges is a national nonprofit organization of probate judges and related special courts devoted to promoting the efficient administration of justice in probate and other courts of the United States. It is the only national organization exclusively dedicated to improving probate law and probate courts.

Judge Yamin has accumulated many achievements and awards throughout her career. 

On September 16, The New American Dream Foundation, a local non-profit 501(c)(3) dedicated to promoting the nations rich immigrant history and highlighting all immigrants' cultural, social, and economic contributions across generations, recognized Judge Yamin with the 2022 American Dream Lifetime Achievement Award. The award acknowledges her extensive probate work focused on conservatorships, guardianships of the intellectually disabled, psychiatric matters, adoption, and children's matters — as well as special immigrant juvenile status cases and bringing awareness to the immigrant community about standby guardianship. This plan prevents children with undocumented immigrant parents from becoming wards of the state in the event of their parents' deportation. 

On November 3, Judge Yamin was also recognized by The Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce and the Women’s Business Council (GDCC) with the 2022 Heart of Women award for her outstanding career in public service.

The lifelong Danbury resident and eight-term probate judge has decided to retire from her long-held position in January 2023. Among many reasons, Judge Yamin shares that she wants to spend more time with her loved ones. She plans to continue serving the Danbury community through organizations like the Lions Club of Danbury and the Age Well Community Council, as well as serving in the one-year presidency of the NCPJ.