Myron H. Bright

Hon. Myron H. Bright
Firm: United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
Address: Thomas F. Eagleton Courthouse
111 South 10th Street
Room 24.329
St. Louis, MO 63102
Phone: (314) 244-2400
Fax: (314) 244-2780
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Position Bar Admissions Education
Honors Published Works Affiliations
Current Employment Position(s):
Senior Judge

Appointed 1968 by President Johnson
Bar Admissions:
North Dakota, 1947
University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1947
LL.B., Bachelor of Law

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1941
B.S.L., Bachelor of Science in Languages

Eveleth Technical College, Eveleth, Minnesota, 1939
A.A., Associate in Arts

Published Works:
Community Property, 24 N.D. B. Briefs 65, 1948

The Changing Nature of Federal Appeals process in the 1970's, 65 F.R.D. 496, 1975

The Ten Commandments of Oral Argument, 67 A.B.A.J.1136, 1981

Query: Is a Balance Between Experience and Theory in Legal Education Possible?, 65 Judicature 338, 1982

The Brandeis-Frankfurter Connection, Book Review 16 Loy. L.A.L. Rev. 205, 1983

Appellate Briefwriting: Some Golden Rules, 17 Creighton L. Rev. 1069, 1984

Oral Argument? It May be Crucial! (with R.S. Arnold), 70 A.B.A.J. 68, 1984

Jurists-in-Residence: An Innovative Approach, 16 Syllabus 4, 1985

The Power of the Spoken Word: In Defense of Oral Argument, 72 Iowa L. Rev. 35, 1986

Hitch Your Wagon to a Star (Transcript), 62 N.D.L. Rev. 7, 1986

The Fundamental of Modern Appellate Advocacy (with K. Engel), (Book Review), 31 St. Louis U.L.J. 507, 1987

Book Review of Chief Justice Rehnquist's The Supreme Court: How It Was and How It Is, 33 St. Louis U.L.J., November, 1988

Oral Argument: Why? How? Minnesota Defense, Summer 1986 at 9

How to Succeed on Appeal by Trying Harder, 25 Int'l Soc'y of Barristers Q 332, April, 1990

Judicial Reflection No. 2, Briefwriting, Cooley Section 2:27.30 Callaghan's Appellate Advocacy Manual (L.Ed. Supp.), 1991

Book Review, The Gavel, (Reviewing J. Leahy, The First Amendment, 1791-1991 Two Hundred Years of Freedom, 1991

Getting There, 77 A.B.A. J. 68, March, 1991

The Litigator-Then and Now, 35 St. Louis U.L.J., Spring, 1991

How to Succeed on Appeal: A View From the Bench, Trial, November 1991 at 67

Objections at Trial (Co-Authored with Prof. Ron Carlson), Michie-Butterworth, 1990 (rev. ed. 1993)

Book Review, Reviewing R. Carlson, Criminal Justice Procedure for Police, The Judges' Journal 43, 1972

The Economy Versus the Environment, 53 N.D.L. Rev. 319, 1977

The Constitution - The Judges - The School Administrators, 63 National Association of Secondary School Principals Bulletin 74, February, 1979

Opening Statement and Dedication, 69 N.D.L. Rev. 1-7, 1993

Congress Should Reconsider Relevant Conduct, Federal Sentencing Reporter Vol. 5, No. 4, 1993

Justice Harry A. Blackmun: Some Personal Recollections, 71 N.D.L. Rev. 7-12, 1995

Gerald Bard Tjoflat: The Complete Angler, 44 Duke L.J. 5, 1995

Book Review, 'New Jersey Product Liability Law', 71 N.D. Law Review 1125-1128, 1995

How to Win on Appeal: The New Ten Commandments of Oral Argument, 32 Trial 68, July, 1996

Classes/Seminars Taught:
Distinguished Professor of Law, St. Louis University, 1985 - 1989

Professor Emeritus, St. Louis University, 1989 - 1995

Honors and Awards:
Dubourg Society, 1995

Professional Associations and Memberships:
American Bar Association, 1947 - Present

North Dakota Bar Association, 1947 - Present

Cass County Bar Association, 1947 - Present

American Judicature Society, 1969 - Present

Judicial Conference Committee on the Administration of the Probation, 1977 - 1984
System, Appointed Member

Federal Judges Association, 1987 - Present

Bar of Metro St. Louis, 1986 - Present

Fargo United Fund, 1965
Board of Directors

Cass County Democratic Committee, 1958 - 1960

Veterans of Foreign Wars

American Bar Association, 1988 - 1991
Member, Committee on Appellate Practice

Judicial Conference Committee on Appellate Rules, 1988 - 1990

Judicial Conference Committee on International Judicial Relations, 1996 - Present

Past Employment Positions:
Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, United States Circuit Judge, 1968 - Present

Wattam, Vogel, Bright & Peterson, Fargo, North Dakota, 1947 - 1968

United States Army, Captain, 1942 - 1946

Birth Information:
1919, Eveleth, Minnesota, United States of America

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