Saturday, March 21, 2015 is Ellen Ash Peters Day in the state of Connecticut, honoring her as the first woman tenured as a professor at Yale Law School, the first woman appointed to the Connecticut Supreme Court and its first female chief justice.
The proclamation from Gov. Dannell P. Malloy marks Peters' 85th birthday and describes her groundbreaking legal career. Peters graduated in 1954 from Yale Law School and subsequently became its first female tenured professor.
In 1978 she became the first woman appointed to the Connecticut Supreme Court and in 1984 she became chief justice. She served in that post until mandatory retirement in 1996. In 1994 she became the first woman to serve as president of the national Conference of Chief Justices.
On taking senior status in 1996, Peters began an association with UConn School of Law that continues to the present. She has taught a seminar on problems of federalism and a course on contracts and has been a valued colleague to the faculty and an outstanding mentor to students. UConn Law is also honored to have the Ellen Ash Peters endowed professorship, a position that recognizes her immeasurable contribution to the state, the legal system and the Law School.