Biography - Senior Judge Ellen B. Burns

Judge Burns was appointed United States District Judge for the District of Connecticut on May 17, 1978, the first woman so named in the District. She became Chief Judge of the District of Connecticut on November 18, 1988, serving in that capacity until she took senior status on September 1, 1992. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, from Albertus Magnus College in 1944 and an LL.B. degree from Yale Law School in 1947.

Judge Burns was Director of Legislative Legal Services of the Legislative Commissioners’ Office from 1949-73, and prior to her appointment to the United States District Court, she held judicial appointments in Circuit Court, the Court of Common Pleas and in Superior Court.

Judge Burns received the Connecticut Bar Association Award for Service to the Bar and Legislature in 1971; the Judiciary Award from the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association in 1978; the Judiciary Award of the Connecticut Bar Association in 1987; and the Raymond E. Baldwin Public Service Award of the Bridgeport School of Law at Quinnipiac College in 1992. Judge Burns is a trustee of Albertus Magnus College, and is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the Connecticut Bar Foundation; she is also a member of the New Haven County Bar Association, the Connecticut Bar Association and of the American Bar Association.