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Judge Myron H. Bright The Honorable Myron H. Bright
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

The 8th Circuit's Longest Working Judge


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Judge Bright was born in 1919 and appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals in 1968. In April 2009 he reached an important milestone in Eighth Circuit history: He 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 Bright standing by his biographical display
Judge Bright at the 2009 Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference in Duluth, Minnesota standing by the display made in his honor.


*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. On October 9, 2014 the U.S. Court of Appeals held a memorial session in honor of one of its own, the Honorable John R. Gibson, who passed away on April 19, 2014, in Reading, Massachusetts. Family, friends, and members of the bench and bar gathered in St. Paul’s Warren E. Burger Federal Courthouse, where the Court was sitting that week.

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