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Biography - Senior Judge Alfred V. Covello

Judge Alfred V. Covello was confirmed by the United States Senate on August 12, 1992, for the position of United States District Judge for the District of Connecticut and entered on duty on September 2, 1992.  In January, 1998, he became chief judge of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut, and, in 2003, he became a senior judge of the district court.

Since 1974, he has served the Connecticut judiciary in a succession of judicial posts:  circuit court judge, judge of the court of common pleas, judge of the superior court and judge of the appellate session of the superior court.  In 1986, he was named the best trial court judge in Connecticut by a general assembly poll of practicing attorneys. He served on the benchbook committee, rules committee and executive committee of the Connecticut superior court and from 1987 to 1991, was on the board of pardons. From 1987-1992, he served on the supreme court of the state of Connecticut and in 1992, as administrative judge for the Connecticut appellate system. 

In 1954, Judge Covello received an A.B. degree from Harvard University and in 1960, an LL.B., JD degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law.  From 1960 to 1964, he was a partner in the firm of Bieluch, Barry & Covello and from 1964 until his appointment to the bench in 1974, was a partner in the firm of Gross, Hyde & Williams.

Judge Covello is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a member of the Connecticut Bar Association and the Federal Judges Association. He has undertaken numerous programs for judges at the Institute of Judicial Administration and the National College of the State Judiciary, and other organizations. Judge Covello is an airline transport pilot and flight instructor and has over 5,000 hours as a single-engine and multi-engine, instrument flight instructor.