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Judge Diana E. Murphy The Honorable Diana E. Murphy
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit


Portrait
Portrait Ceremony Program
Biographical Brochure
Biographical Display

On October 17, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit held a special session to unveil the painted portrait of Judge Diane E. Murphy, the first woman appointed to the Court, in 1994.

Judge Murphy holds these distinctions:

  • First woman to be Chief Judge of a district court in the Eighth Circuit
  • First woman to be a U.S. District Judge in Minnesota
  • First woman to be Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • First woman appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • First woman to chair the U.S. Sentencing Commission

  • Over 125 state and federal judges, distinguished guests, colleagues, law clerks, court staff, and family gathered in Courtroom 5A of St. Paul’s Warren E. Burger Federal Building to honor this woman of so many significant firsts.

    Speakers verbally portrayed Judge Murphy and her remarkable achievements. They included Walter Mondale, former Vice President of the United States; Chief Judge Ruben Castillo, Northern District of Illinois; Frances Cook, U.S. Department of Justice; Justice Margaret Chutich, Minnesota Supreme Court and former law clerk; David Lebedoff, Of Counsel, Gray Plant Mooty. Portrait artist Jason Bouldin made remarks on the portrait, and Judge Murphy’s two granddaughters unveiled her portrait. Chief Judge Lavenski Smith accepted the portrait on behalf of the Court.

    A reception followed. On exhibit was Judge Murphy’s three-panel display with accompanying biographical brochure, created by the U.S. Courts Library.


    Judge Diana E. Murphy     Judge Diana E. Murphy
    Judge Murphy's portrait, painted by portrait artist Jason Bouldin. Click for larger image.
    Portrait images above courtesy of Jason Bouldin.

    Judge Diana E. Murphy Portrait Unveiling     Judge Diana E. Murphy Portrait Ceremony
    Click for larger image.

    Above, left: Judge Murphy's granddaughters unveil her portrait with artist Jason Bouldin and U.S. Court of Appeals Judges Raymond Gruender, Michael Melloy, and James Loken looking on, October 17, 2017, in Courtroom 5A of St. Paul's Warren E. Burger Federal Building.

    Above, right: U.S. Court of Appeals Judges and ceremony speakers applaud Judge Murphy. Judges on the bench, left to right: Roger Wollman, Chief Judge Lavenski Smith, C. Arlen Beam, Diana Murphy, Steven Colloton, and Duane Benton. Speakers, standing left to right: David Lebedoff, Of Counsel, Gray Plant Mooty; Justice Margaret Chutich, Minnesota Supreme Court and former law clerk; Frances Cook, U.S. Department of Justice; Chief Judge Ruben Castillo, Northern District of Illinois; Walter Mondale, former Vice President of the United States.


    Panel 1 of Judge Murphy's display     Panel 2 of Judge Murphy's display     Panel 3 of Judge Murphy's display
    The three panels of Judge Murphy's display, made by the U.S. Courts Library 8th Circuit in honor of her portrait ceremony. Click on a panel to view larger image.

    Judge Murphy's biographical booklet
    Click on image to access Judge Murphy's biographical booklet.


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