Longtime Judge of Probate Beverly Streit-Kefalas was unanimously endorsed for re-election as the Milford-Orange probate judge on May 23 by the Milford and Orange Democratic delegates at their convention held at Silverbrook Estates in Orange.

Streit-Kefalas was first elected in 1998, re-elected each term thereafter and then elected as the judge of the consolidated Milford-Orange Probate Court in 2010.

She brings to the court 28 years of experience as an attorney and 20 years as probate judge, she said in a campaign press release.

A graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Law, Smith College, and the Milford public schools, Streit-Kefalas has served as a board member on Bridges Healthcare Inc., Milford Kids Count, United Way, and Devon Rotary. She is also life member of the VFW Post 7788 Auxiliary, and a member of St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church in Orange as well as the Milford and Connecticut bar associations, the Connecticut Probate Assembly and the National College of Probate Judges.

Streit-Kefalas was an originating judge of the state’s first regional children’s probate court — a nationally recognized court system meeting the legal and therapeutic needs of guardianships of children and families.

She is currently the administrative judge of the New Haven Regional Children’s Probate Court.  She also served as the temporary administrative judge for the opening of the regional children’s probate courts located in Meriden and New London.

Streit-Kefalas is an active member of the Probate Assembly. She recently served two terms as its president and in other officer positions, as well as on numerous committees, including the Legislative, Conservator Guidelines, and Practice Book Revision committees and others.

“She was an integral part of the statewide consolidation of the courts, which has saved the state millions of dollars, and she continues to work with the legislature to ensure that laws continue to improve to assist the public in meeting critical needs,” states her press release.  

A frequent speaker to train and educate fellow judges, attorneys and the general public, she advocates for families who have lost loved ones or are dealing with young people with mental health and addiction issues, elderly relatives with dementia, and guardianships of minors and of adults with intellectual disabilities.