Eighth Circuit Historical Society

The Historical Society of the United States Courts in the Eighth Circuit

Court of Appeals Branch


2005 Annual Report of the Court of Appeals Branch
of the Historical Society of the
United States Courts in the Eighth Circuit

HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE EIGHTH CIRCUIT
Thomas H. Boyd, Esq.
Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A.

At long last, the full-length written history of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has been completed and is undergoing the publication process.

This written history is a project that has been developed through the Court of Appeals Branch of the Historical Society of the United States Courts in the Eighth Circuit. The Historical Society is a Missouri not-for-profit corporation qualified for 501(c)(3) status.

Several years ago, the Court of Appeals Branch engaged Professor Jeffrey B. Morris of the Touro Law School, to write a full-length history of the Eighth Circuit. Professor Morris is a highly accomplished legal historian who has published 15 books, including Calmly to Poise the Scales of Justice; A History of the Courts of the District of Columbia Circuit, and Federal Justice in the Second Circuit.

Professor Morris' history of the Eighth Circuit will be published by the University of Minnesota Press. The Court of Appeals Branch expects the publication process to be completed and the book will be available sometime next year.

The book is tentatively entitled, Establishing Justice in Middle America, and is made up of seven chapters that cover various eras of the Court. The Honorable William H. Webster has been kind enough to write the forward to the book.

In order to complete this project, the Court of Appeals Branch is still in the process of raising additional funds. Toward this end, it has been seeking support from law firms located in the various states throughout the Circuit.

For further information regarding Professor Morris' History of the Eighth Circuit, feel free to contact Tom Boyd at 612-604-6505 or tboyd@winthrop.com.




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November 18, 2005
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