Connecticut Supreme Court Chief Justice (ret.) Ellen Ash Peters calls upon her extensive experience on the bench and in the classroom to teach a seminar that examines federalism as a comparative law problem in which federal and state law interact yet have independent spheres of influence and authority. A graduate of Swarthmore College and Yale Law School, Justice Peters spent more than two decades on the Yale faculty, where her primary interests were the law of contracts and the Uniform Commercial Code. Prior to beginning her teaching career, she clerked for Chief Judge Charles E. Clark of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and worked as a research associate at the University of California Law School at Boalt Hall.
Justice Peters’ distinguished career on the bench began in 1978, when she became the first woman to be appointed an associate justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court. She served as chief justice from 1984 until taking senior status in 1996. Currently, Justice Peters serves as a judge trial referee and sits with the Connecticut Appellate Court. The holder of numerous honorary degrees, Justice Peters has published a casebook, primer, and numerous scholarly articles, in such publications as the Yale Law Journal, Connecticut Law Review, Michigan Law Review and New York University Law Review. A former member of the board of managers of Swarthmore College and an alumni fellow of the Yale Corporation, Justice Peters currently is a member of the Council of the American Law Institute, the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.