November/December 2007 issue

New Book About the 8th Circuit


8th Circuit History Published: Establishing Justice in Middle America: A History of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

A comprehensive history of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit was released for publication by the University of Minnesota Press in December. This written history was a project of the Court of Appeals Branch of the Historical Society of the United States Courts in the Eighth Circuit led by Branch President Thomas H. Boyd.

Author Jeffrey B. Morris, Professor of the Touro Law Center, is a highly accomplished legal historian who has published sixteen books, including Calmly to Poise the Scales of Justice: A History of the Courts of the District of Columbia Circuit and Federal Justice in the Second Circuit, and is editor of the Encyclopedia of American History.

The Honorable William H. Webster, a former district and circuit judge from the Eighth Circuit before serving as Director of the FBI and CIA, wrote the forward to the book.

Comments on the book:

"Jeffrey Brandon Morris has done an excellent job of capturing the spirit and collegiality of the court and judges of the Eighth Circuit." –Hon. Gerald W. Heaney, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, retired


“The history of the Eighth Circuit is in many ways an echo of the history of our nation, especially the westward expansion and settlement of the heartland of America. Through detailed research, including visits to the Circuit and interviews with judges, Professor Morris has captured the flavor of that history and placed the Court’s development in the context of the nation’s.” - Hon. James B. Loken, Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit


Copies may be purchased from the University of Minnesota Press as well as various retail and online bookstores. All 8th Circuit libraries are in the process of acquiring copies.