March/April 2009 issue
Judge Bright Longest Working Judge
The Honorable Myron
H. Bright has reached an
important milestone in
Eighth Circuit history.
As of April 2009, Judge
Bright has been hearing
cases with the Eighth
Circuit Court of Appeals
for 40 years and 8
months, which is longer
than any other judge ever appointed to this
This milestone took place on April 15 when
Judge Bright sat with Judge Murphy and Judge
Bye in the third division's northeast courtroom
in St. Louis' Thomas F. Eagleton U.S.
As if that wasn’t enough, on March 5th Judge
Bright celebrated his 90th birthday!
Congratulations and Happy Birthday, Judge
* Judge Joseph W. Woodrough served on the
8th Circuit Court of Appeals for 44 years from
1933 to 1977, but he stopped hearing cases
when he took senior status in 1961, working a
total of “only” 28 years.