Ellen Bree Burns

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Ellen Bree Burns (born December 13, 1923) is a United States federal judge.

Burns was born in New Haven, Connecticut. She received a B.A. from Albertus Magnus College in 1944. She received an LL.B. from Yale Law School in 1947. She was a Special assistant, Commission to Revise the Connecticut General Statutes from 1947 to 1948. She was an Attorney, Legislative Legal Services, State of Connecticut from 1949 to 1973. She was a judge on the Circuit Court of Connecticut from 1973 to 1974. She was a judge on the Court of Common Pleas, Connecticut from 1974 to 1976. She was a judge on the Superior Court of Connecticut from 1976 to 1978.

Burns is a federal judge on the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut. Burns was nominated by President Jimmy Carter on February 15, 1978, to a seat vacated by M. Joseph Blumenfeld. She was confirmed by the United States Senate on May 17, 1978, and received commission on May 18, 1978.[1] Served as chief judge, 1988-1992 and assumed senior status on September 1, 1992.


  1. ^ Sullo, Michelle Tuccitto (March 25, 2012). "Revered Judge Ellen Bree Burns, 88, still rules". The New Haven Register. Retrieved 1 June 2012.