The Historical Society of the United States Courts in the Eighth Circuit
Judge Bright reached an important milestone in Eighth Circuit history. As of April 2009, Judge Bright had been hearing cases with the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals for 40 years and 8 months, which is longer than any other judge ever appointed to this court.* This took place on April 15 when Judge Bright sat with Judge Murphy and Judge Bye in the third division's northeast courtroom in St. Louis' Thomas F. Eagleton U.S. Courthouse.
*Judge Joseph W. Woodrough served on the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals for 44 years from 1933 to 1977, but he stopped hearing cases when he took senior status in 1961, working a total of "only" 28 years.