Ellen Segal Huvelle

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Ellen Segal Huvelle
Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle -- official pic.jpg
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia
Assumed office
June 3, 2014
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia
In office
October 26, 1999 – June 3, 2014
Appointed by Bill Clinton
Preceded by John Garrett Penn
Succeeded by Amit Priyavadan Mehta
Personal details
Born 1948 (age 68–69)
Boston, Massachusetts
Education Wellesley College B.A.
Yale School of Architecture M.C.P.
Boston College Law School J.D.

Ellen Segal Huvelle (born 1948) is a Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.[1] She has overseen several significant cases. In a case decided in May 2001, Huvelle "upheld federal regulations that restrict the sale of consumers' names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, addresses and phone numbers."[2] Later that year, Huvelle heard requests by family members of Vince Foster seeking access to pictures of his body taken after his death. In November 2005, she accepted the guilty plea in the high-profile prosecution of lobbyist Michael Scanlon. Huvelle assumed senior status on June 3, 2014.[3]

Early life and career[edit]

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Huvelle received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wellesley College in 1970, a Master in City Planning from the Yale School of Architecture in 1972, and a Juris Doctor from the Boston College Law School in 1975. Following law school, she served as law clerk to Chief Justice Edward F. Hennessey of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court from 1975 to 1976. From 1976 until 1984, Judge Huvelle was an associate at the firm of Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C. and in 1984, she became a partner at that firm, where she remained until 1990.

In 1983 Huvelle was one of three attorneys who drafted an amicus brief on behalf of the Motion Picture Association of America in the landmark case of Sony Corp. of America v. Universal City Studios, Inc.. As a partner at Williams & Connolly, Huvelle represented several notable clients including hotel magnate Leona Helmsley and fight promoter Don King.

Judicial service[edit]

Huvelle was appointed by President George Herbert Walker Bush as an Associate Judge of the District of Columbia Superior Court in September 1990 and served in the Civil, Criminal and Family Divisions until her appointment to the federal bench. While serving on that court, she was a lecturer at the University of Virginia School of Law from 1997 to 1999.

On March 25, 1999, Huvelle was nominated by President Bill Clinton to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, vacated by John Garrett Penn. She was confirmed by the United States Senate on October 15, 1999, receiving her commission on October 26, 1999. Senator Patrick Leahy cited the long delays in Huvelle's confirmation as United States District Judge as a troubling example of problems in the confirmation process.[4] She took senior status on June 3, 2014.[3]

Huvelle has been a Fellow of the American Bar Association, a member of the Edward Bennett Williams Inn of Court, and has taught trial practice at Harvard Law School's Trial Advocacy Workshop and at the University of Virginia School of Law.[5]

Judicial opinions[edit]

Privacy and "opt out"[edit]

According to CNN Huvelle played a key role in ensuring that ordinary consumers can opt out of information collection on their personal information.[2]

A.C.L.U. v. U.S. Dept. of Justice[edit]

Huvelle ruled on American Civil Liberties Union, et al v. U.S. Dept. of Justice]], 265 F.Supp.2d 20.[6]

Murat Kurnaz v. George W. Bush[edit]

Huvelle made a ruling on Guantanamo captive Murat Kurnaz's habeas corpus petition in Murat Kurnaz v. George W. Bush.[7]

XM Radio[edit]

In the summer of 2006 Huvelle amalgamated related cases into a class action against In re XM Satellite Radio Holdings Securities Litigation, C.A. No. 06-0802.[8]

Former Interior Deputy Secretary J. Steven Griles[edit]

Huvelle ruled on the sentencing of former Interior Deputy Secretary J. Steven Griles.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Huvelle is married to labor lawyer Jeffrey Huvelle.[citation needed]



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Legal offices
Preceded by
John Garrett Penn
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia
Succeeded by
Amit Priyavadan Mehta