The Historical Society of the
United States Courts in the Eighth Circuit
Judge Shaw Releases Memoir
The Honorable Charles A. Shaw, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri, recently released his autobiography, Watch Everything: a Judicial Memoir with a Point of View.
Judge Shaw’s insightful and at times humorous memoir captures his difficult ascent as an African American growing up in segregated St. Louis, where his father warned him to “watch everything,” to a federal judgeship where he sees injustice built into the federal sentencing guidelines he is expected to follow.
Judge E. Richard Webber, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri, states in the foreword that, “This book reveals how a man of humble beginnings worked tirelessly, so others, under the rule of law, would believe the words, 'all men are created equal' have meaning, and no part of the American Dream should be foreclosed to anyone.”
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 Gerald W. Heaney | Judge Theodore McMillian
Judge Rensselaer Russell Nelson (Minnesota) | Judge Warren K. Urbom (Nebraska) |
Judge Ross A. Walters (Iowa Southern)
Chief Standing Bear
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.