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 court.*

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. Courthouse.

As if that wasn’t enough, on March 5th Judge Bright celebrated his 90th birthday! Congratulations and Happy Birthday, Judge Bright!

* 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.