Wednesday April 16, 2014

School of Law


UND Law School Speaker Series

The Honorable Myron H. Bright,
Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals
November 16, 2006

Bright, a senior status judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, visited the Law School as part of the Law School's Speaker Series featuring prominent legal professionals and scholars.

Judge Myron H. Bright presented a lecture November 16, 2006 in the Baker Court Room. He discussed the criminal case of James Dean Walker.

Walker v. Lockhart, 726 F.2d 1238 (1984)
Walker v. Lockhart, 763 F.2d 942 (1985)
83 Minn. L. Rev. 240 (1998) HeinOnline


Myron H. Bright, appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit by Lyndon B. Johnson, has served on the federal appellate bench for more than 38 years and has considered more than 6,000 cases.

While serving with the Eighth Circuit, he also has heard cases as a visiting judge in the Second, Third, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Circuits and has presided over federal district court trials in Minnesota, North Dakota, Arkansas, Massachusetts and Missouri.

For many years, he has served the cause of legal education by sharing his judicial and legal experiences with lawyers and law students throughout the country. He has presented jurists-in-residence programs, lectured at law schools on evidence, trial and appellate advocacy and civility in the profession to lawyers and judges in several states, and appeared on legal education programs at several American Bar Association meetings.

Judge Bright has written extensively on those subjects in bar journals and legal publications and appears in videotaped and audiotaped presentations. Judge Bright and Professor Ronald L. Carlson of the University of Georgia School of Law have authored a book entitled Objections at Trial, published by Lexis Law Publishing (1990)(rev.ed. 1993)(3d ed. 1998)(4th ed. 2001). The 1998 and 2001 editions are co-authored by Professor Ed Imwinkelreid, University of California-Davis.

Judge Bright became a senior judge in 1985 and, that same year, delivered the commencement speech at the University of North Dakota School of Law. Judge Bright's ties to the Law School include the donation of his working papers and judicial files to the University of North Dakota Chester Fritz Library's Libby Manuscript Collection. The Judge Myron H. & Fritzie Bright Endowment Fund, established at UND in 1993, provides funds for expenses of the law school's Moot Court Team at the regional and national levels. In 1998, the Law School honored Judge Bright specially with its Lifetime Achievement Award.

Other honors awarded to Judge Bright are the Frances Rawle Award for outstanding achievement in post-admission legal education from the ALI-ABA Committee on Continuing Professional Education and the Herbert Harley Award for effective administration of justice from the American Judicature Society.

After military service in World War II, Judge Bright graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1947 with a J.D. degree and practiced law with the firm of Wattam, Vogel, Vogel, Bright and Peterson in Fargo, North Dakota for 21 years, principally as a trial lawyer.

Additionally, he served as Distinguished Professor of Law at St. Louis University School of Law teaching principally in the areas of trial and appellate advocacy from 1985-1995. He also has served on the Federal Advisory Committee on Appellate Rules and the American Bar Association's Committee on Appellate Practice. He served on the U.S. Judicial Conference Committee on International Judicial Relations from 1996-2003.