The Historical Society of the United States Courts in the Eighth Circuit
The U.S. Court of Appeals held a special session on October 20, 2015, to present the portrait of Judge James B. Loken, in celebration of his 25 years on the Court.
Over 100 persons gathered in St. Paul’s Warren E. Burger Federal Building, Courtroom 5A. Among them were judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, Minnesota’s federal judges, colleagues from Judge Loken’s early career, current and former law clerks, family, friends, and court staff.
Chief Judge William Jay Riley presided, and Judge David R. Hansen and Judge Jane Kelly accepted the portrait on behalf of the Court. Speakers included Jonathan C. Rose, White House Colleague; Brian B. O’Neill, law firm partner; Peter W. Carter, law clerk 1991-1992; Judge Roger L. Wollman; Judge Myron H. Bright; Jason Bouldin, portrait artist, and Judge Loken. Daughters Kathryn Miller and Kristina Loken unveiled the portrait. A reception followed.
James Burton Loken was born in 1940, in Madison Wisconsin, and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1965. He served as law clerk to Chief Judge J. Edward Lumbard of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from 1965 to 1966, and as a law clerk to Associate Justice Byron R. White of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1966 to 1967.
Following a distinguished career as an attorney at the law firm of Faegre & Benson Minneapolis and two positions in the administration of President Richard Nixon, Loken was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit by President George H. W. Bush on October 17, 1990. He served as Chief Judge of the Court from 2003 to 2010.
(Portrait photos by Bre McGee)