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Goodbye Mike, Hello Judge: My Journey for Justice

by Myron H. Bright
North Dakota Institute for Regional Studies Press, 2015

Watch Judge Bright talk about highlights from his autobiography


Judge Myron H. Bright tells his story, from his early life growing up as the son of Russian immigrants in Eveleth, Minnesota to his ascension to service as a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

Highlights include:

Life on the Minnesota Iron Range

  • Education in Eveleth public schools and University of Minnesota Law School
  • Military service during World War II
  • 21 years as a trial and appellate lawyer in Fargo, ND
  • Political activity on behalf of various candidates, including U.S. Senator Quentin N. Burdick and ND Governor William L. Guy
  • Meeting President Johnson
  • Induction as a federal judge
  • Ongoing judicial service since 1968


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