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of the United States Courts in the Eighth Circuit
The Arkansas Post of Louisiana
U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Morris S. Arnold, a highly regarded historian and author, has published his most recent scholarly book on colonial Arkansas, The Arkansas Post of Louisiana, released June 7, 2017, by the University of Arkansas Press.
United States District Courts and Judges of Arkansas, 1836-1960
The history of the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas was released on May 19, 2016, by the University of Arkansas Press.
This project of the Eastern and Western District of Arkansas branches came to fruition after decades of work, thanks to the efforts of Frances Ross of the Eastern District branch. Read more.
Judge William Jay Riley: Interview and FarewellOn June 23, 2017, Historical Society Chair, Nebraska's U.S. District Judge Richard G. Kopf conducted the oral history interview of U.S. Court of Appeals Judge William Jay Riley.
Judge Riley stepped down as Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit on March 10, 2017 and assumed senior status on June 30, 2017. He will assume inactive senior status on September 1.
He was honored at the Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference on July 12, 2017 with an award and biographical brochure and display. Click here for the interview, brochure, and display.
U.S. Court of Appeals Holds Judicial Ceremonies
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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.