May/June 2015

Judge Bright’s Brown Bag Program

Judge Myron Bright stepped up to the plate during summer extern orientation and delivered a brown bag program to 14 summer externs from Fargo and Bismarck, North Dakota. Others from the courts dropped in to listen to the judge talk about writing his book, Goodbye Mike, Hello Judge: My Journey for Justice.

Judge Bright related the story of how he came to the law and eventually to the federal judiciary. He entertained the young law students with stories of the early days of his legal career; and in particular, the judge related events leading up to his appointment as a federal judge. The legacies of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson permeated the presentation.

The judge reminisced about politics and even sang a portion of a song that Fritzie Bright, his late wife, wrote for JFK’s visit to Fargo on June 19, 1960. “Goodbye Mike, Hello Judge” was reviewed by Dennis M. Kelly in the July 2015 issue of The Federal Lawyer. The review is available here. U.S. District Judge Richard G. Kopf, District of Nebraska, also recently reviewed Judge Bright’s book at this link on his blog, Hercules and the Umpire.