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Recently Published

No One Is Above the Law: The Story of Southern Iowa's Federal Court, 2nd ed. No One Is Above the Law: The Story of Southern Iowa's Federal Court, 2nd ed.

The history of the Southern District of Iowa was updated in a second edition and released in print at the 2018 Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference held in Des Moines, August 15-17.

Donald E. O'Brien Federal Judge Donald E. O'Brien Federal Judge

The memoir of U.S. District Judge Donald E. O'Brien was published posthumously by the Northern District of Iowa Branch of the Historical Society in November 2017.

Miles Lord: The Maverick Judge Who Brought Corporate America to Justice Miles Lord: The Maverick Judge Who Brought Corporate America to Justice

This biography of U.S. District Judge Miles Lord of the District of Minnesota was written by his former law clerk Roberta Walburn and published by University of Minnesota Press on October 1, 2017.

2018 Board Meeting

The Historical Society of the United States Courts in the Eighth Circuit held its biennial board meeting on August 16, 2018, in conjunction with the Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference in Des Moines, Iowa. Officer election results are here.


The Historical Society again hosted historical exhibits in the conference area. On display were recent historical publications in the Eighth Circuit and two judicial exhibits: 120 Years of Judicial Legacy: Iowa's Eighth Circuit Judges 1869-1989 and U.S. District Judge G. Thomas Eisele.



U.S. Court of Appeals Holds Judicial Ceremonies

U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Diana E. Murphy
The Honorable Diana E. Murphy: Memorial Session

U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Roger L. Wollman
The Honorable Roger L. Wollman: Portrait Ceremony

U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Myron H. Bright
The Honorable Myron H. Bright: Memorial Session


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 December 14, 2018
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