Warren William Eginton

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Warren William Eginton
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut
In office
August 1, 1992 – October 7, 2019
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut
In office
July 24, 1979 – August 1, 1992
Appointed byJimmy Carter
Preceded bySeat established by 92 Stat. 1629
Succeeded byRobert N. Chatigny
Personal details
Born(1924-02-16)February 16, 1924
New York City, New York, U.S.
DiedOctober 7, 2019(2019-10-07) (aged 95)
Redding, Connecticut, U.S.
EducationPrinceton University (A.B.)
Yale Law School (LL.B.)

Warren William Eginton (February 16, 1924 – October 7, 2019) was an American jurist who served as District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut.

Education and career[edit]

Born on February 16, 1924,[1] in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, Eginton was in the United States Army during World War II, from 1943 to 1946, achieving the rank of lieutenant. He received an Artium Baccalaureus degree from Princeton University in 1948, and a Bachelor of Laws[2] from Yale Law School in 1951.[3] He continued to serve in the United States Army Reserve from 1946 to 1973, achieving the rank of lieutenant colonel.

Eginton was in private practice of law in New York City from 1951 to 1953, and in Stamford, Connecticut, from 1953 to 1979.[4] He also served as an adjunct professor at the New York University Law School, as well as the Fordham Law School.[3]

Federal judicial service[edit]

On June 5, 1979, Eginton was nominated by President Jimmy Carter to a new seat on the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut created by 92 Stat. 1629. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on July 23, 1979, and received his commission on July 24, 1979.[4]

Eginton specialized in legal liability lawsuits, and sometimes visited other courts throughout the United States to assist with such cases.[5] He also presided over multiple notable cases, including, in 1981, a case against a member of the Hell's Angels who at the time referred to as "the most dangerous man in Connecticut".[5] For two weeks during that trial, Eginton was even assigned U.S. Marshals protection.[5] In 1987, he also heard the ensuing litigation after the L'Ambiance Plaza collapse in Bridgeport, Connecticut.[6]

During his time on the bench, Eginton was also known for enjoying presiding over naturalization ceremonies.[6][7] Eginton assumed senior status on August 1, 1992,[4] but he continued to hear cases until days before his death. He died in hospice care in Redding, Connecticut, on October 7, 2019, at age 95.[6][7][4] At the time, he was the longest-serving federal judge in Connecticut,[6] having spent over four decades as a judge.[7]

Writing career[edit]

From 1988-93, Eginton was Editor-in-Chief of Butterworth Legal Publishers' Product Liability Law Journal and published several papers on product liability law.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CQ Almanac, 1978". Congressional Quarterly. Congressional Quarterly, Incorporated. XXXV: 72. May 1, 1979. ISBN 9780871871411. Archived from the original on June 28, 2014. Retrieved March 3, 2014.
  2. ^ Lattman, Peter (September 28, 2007). "Why Did Law Schools Switch from LLBs to JDs?".
  3. ^ a b c "Biography - Senior Judge Warren W. Eginton". www.ctd.uscourts.gov. Archived from the original on April 24, 2019. Retrieved October 9, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d Warren William Eginton at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
  5. ^ a b c Ehrmann, Chris; Press, Associated (October 8, 2019). "Warren Eginton, veteran US judge for Connecticut, dies at 95". SFGate. Archived from the original on October 9, 2019. Retrieved October 10, 2019.
  6. ^ a b c d Mahony, Edmund H. (October 8, 2019). "Warren W. Eginton, Connecticut's longest-sitting federal judge, dies at 95". Hartford Courant. Retrieved October 8, 2019.
  7. ^ a b c Ehrmann, Chris (October 8, 2019). "Warren Eginton, veteran US judge for Connecticut, dies at 95". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved October 8, 2019.
Legal offices
Preceded by
Seat established by 92 Stat. 1629
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut
1979–1992
Succeeded by
Robert N. Chatigny