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Eighth Circuit Historical Society Board Meeting and History Workshop

Tuesday, May 3, 2016
1:15 – 2:45 p.m.

Join the Eighth Circuit Historical Society on Tuesday, May 3 for a history workshop. Knowledgeable persons with experience in court history projects will lead discussions on these topics:

  • Oral history interviews
  • Court history and biography
  • Courthouse exhibits
  • Fund raising
  • Educational events and programs.

The Historical Society board meeting and workshop will take place during the Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference, May 2-5, in Rogers, Arkansas at the Embassy Suites Northwest Arkansas Hotel, Spa & Convention Center. To register for the entire Judicial Conference, click here. If you would like to attend ONLY the 1.5 hour Eighth Circuit Historical Society Board Meeting and History Workshop on May 3, contact Historical Society Secretary Joan Voelker (joan_voelker@ca8.uscourts.gov, 314-244-2671).

To access workshop presentations and handouts, click here.

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.

New! Eighth Circuit Reading Lists

Thomas H. Boyd, Esq. of the Court of Appeals and Minnesota branches is compiling a series of lists of historical articles and books on all of federal courts and judges in the Eighth Circuit. Click here to access the lists.

United States District Courts and Judges of Arkansas, 1836-1960 Coming Soon!

United States District Courts and Judges of Arkansas, 1836-1960

The history of the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas is slated for publication by the University of Arkansas Press this spring!

This is a project of the Eastern and Western District of Arkansas branches, and led by Frances Ross of the Eastern District branch.

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 George G. Fagg
The Honorable George G. Fagg: Memorial Ceremony

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 George G. Fagg | 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)

Ann Fessenden, Circuit Librarian 1984-2015

Baseball in the Eighth Circuit | Chief Standing Bear | Little Rock Integration Crisis
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 April 28, 2016
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