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Congratulations to our officers!

Historical Society Board Chair Richard G. Kopf, Senior U.S. District Judge for the District of Nebraska, and F. Richard Lyford, President of the Historical Society and the Society’s Southern District of Iowa branch, both received awards for their outstanding leadership in developing court history at the Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference held in Omaha in August 2014. Read more

The Board of Directors reelected the following slate of officers for a two year term during its meeting on August 7, 2014:

F. Richard Lyford

Vice President
Frances Ross

Sheila Greenbaum

Ann Fessenden

Judge Morris Anorld and Jenniffer HoranCelebrating 50 Years of the Right to Counsel:

Gideon v. Wainwright
and the Criminal Justice Act of 1964


Produced by the U.S. Courts Library Eighth Circuit and recorded by the Eastern District of Arkansas

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Criminal Justice Act of 1964, retired U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Morris Sheppard Arnold and Eastern District of Arkansas Federal Public Defender Jenniffer Horan sat down together to discuss the landmark case and Act that secured the right to appointed counsel.

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History of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit | Judge Morris S. Arnold | Judge Richard S. Arnold | Judge Myron H. Bright | Judge John R. Gibson | Judge Gerald W. Heaney | Judge Theodore McMillian  | Judge Donald R. Ross

Judge Rensselaer Russell Nelson (Minnesota) | Judge Charles A. Shaw (Missouri Eastern)
Judge Warren K. Urbom (Nebraska) | Judge Ross A. Walters (Iowa Southern)

Chief Standing Bear | Celebrating 50 of the Right to Counsel: Gideon v. Wainright and the Criminal Justice Act of 1964 (Judge Morris Arnold and Jenniffer Horan)

The Historical Society's mission is to preserve and celebrate the rich history of the federal courts of the seven states that make up the Eighth Circuit. Toward this end, the Historical Society has organized separate branches for each of the United States district courts located in Arkansas, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota, as well as a branch for the circuit court of appeals that encompasses all of these states.

The Historical Society of the United States Courts in the Eighth Circuit is a not-for-profit corporation organized and operating under the laws of the State of Missouri. It is governed by a board of directors made up of representatives of each of the branches. The Historical Society and its branches are tax exempt organizations pursuant to section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and contributions to the Historical Society are tax deductible. The Historical Society is not a part of, nor is it controlled by, any of the courts, judges or employees of the courts.

The Historical Society welcomes inquiry and participation by all interested persons. For information regarding membership, please contact Ann Fessenden, 111 S. 10th Street, Room 22.300, St. Louis, MO 63102, or the branch for your court.

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Updated October 30, 2014
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