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Torres, Ernest C.

Born 1941 in New Bedford, MA

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island
Nominated by Ronald Reagan on June 22, 1987, to a seat vacated by Bruce M. Selya. Confirmed by the Senate on November 5, 1987, and received commission on November 6, 1987. Served as chief judge, 1999-2006. Assumed senior status on December 1, 2006. Service terminated on June 1, 2011, due to retirement.

Dartmouth College, A.B., 1963
Duke University School of Law, J.D., 1968

Professional Career:

Private practice, Providence, Rhode Island, 1968-1980, 1986-1988
State representative, Rhode Island, 1975-1980; deputy minority leader, 1977-1980
Associate justice, Rhode Island Superior Court, 1980-1985
Assistant vice president in charge of national staff counsel, Aetna Life Insurance Company, 1985-1986
Member, Judicial Conference of the United States, 2007-2009