University of Connecticut

Honorable Jorge A. Simon

Alumni Honorable Jorge A. Simon

Social Work Lessons Guide Judicial Decisions

Honorable Jorge A. Simon, MSW ‘79

The Honorable Jorge A. Simon is a Superior Court Judge for the State of Connecticut presently assigned to Rockville Juvenile Court for Tolland County Superior Court. He has been a Superior Court Judge since 1996.

What other leadership positions do you currently hold or have you held in the past?

Director of Social Work at the American School for the Deaf, West Hartford, CT

Corporation Counsel for City of Hartford

What inspired you to become a social worker?

I had a guidance counselor during high school who, along with my mother, kept me focused on completing my secondary education and attending college. I saw a career in social work as an opportunity to assist others in recognizing and achieving their potential.

How has your education at the UConn SSW prepared you for your career? Was there one person or learning experience that had an impact on you?

From defendants to victims, children to parents, each have specific concerns that need to be carefully considered in reaching a decision. I use the lessons learned at the UConn School of Social Work every day. It is my training as a social worker that gives me a different perspective that helps me to feel comfortable with the decisions I need to make that will have a lasting impact on so many lives.

The one person whom I sincerely thank is Mary Fran Libassi. She believed the combination of social work and the law was right for me. Without her support and encouragement, I do not believe I would be where I am today.

What has been your most rewarding accomplishment as a leader?

My selection for the Lifetime Achievement Award as a Latino Social Worker from UConn.