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Election of Officers for 2016-2018

The Historical Society of the United States Courts in the Eighth Circuit is accepting nominations for the offices of President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer, each of which serves a two year term.

The election of officers will be held at the Historical Society's meeting on Tuesday, May 3, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m., at the 2016 Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference in Rogers, Arkansas.

Nominations may be made to Joan Voelker, Secretary, before the Board meeting or from the floor at the meeting.

Please note: Federal judges cannot serve as officers (except for the position of Board Chair, which is appointed by the President, rather than elected.) Federal employees cannot serve as Treasurer.

Judge Myron H. Bright Judge Bright's 2015 Autobiography and Interview

U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Myron H. Bright's autobiography was published in January 2015 by the North Dakota Institute for Regional Studies Press. See more

Judge Bright talks about his memoir and recounts highlights in the interview Bright's Last Hurrah...Maybe!, conducted by Judge Richard G. Kopf on July 21, 2015. Watch the video

U.S. Court of Appeals Holds Judicial Ceremonies

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U.S. Court of Appeals Judge James B. Loken
The Honorable James B. Loken: Portrait Ceremony

U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Kermit E. Bye
The Honorable Kermit E. Bye: Portrait Ceremony


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 Kermit E. Bye | Judge John R. Gibson | Judge Gerald W. Heaney | Judge Theodore McMillian  | Judge James B. Loken | 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) | Judge Scott O. Wright (Missouri Western)

Circuit Librarian Ann Fessenden

Chief Standing Bear | Celebrating 50 of the Right to Counsel: Gideon v. Wainwright 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 Joan Voelker, 111 S. 10th Street, Room 22.300, St. Louis, MO 63102, or the branch for your court.

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Updated November 17, 2015
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