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Terence T. Evans

Terence Evans
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
In office
August 11, 1995 – January 7, 2010
Appointed by Bill Clinton
Preceded by Richard Cudahy
Succeeded by Vacant
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
In office
1991–1995
Preceded by Robert Warren
Succeeded by Joseph Stadtmueller
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
In office
November 2, 1979 – August 11, 1995
Appointed by Jimmy Carter
Preceded by Seat established
Succeeded by Charles Clevert
Personal details
Born (1940-03-25)March 25, 1940
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
Died August 10, 2011(2011-08-10) (aged 71)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Alma mater Marquette University

Terence Thomas Evans (March 25, 1940 – August 10, 2011) was a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Contents

  • Early life, education, and career 1
  • Federal judicial service 2
    • Pragmatism and humor 2.1
  • Notes 3
  • Sources 4

Early life, education, and career

Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Evans received a B.A.degree from Marquette University in 1962 and his J.D. degree from Marquette University Law School in 1967. He was a law clerk to Wisconsin Supreme Court judge Horace W. Wilkie, from 1967 to 1968. He then served as an assistant district attorney for Milwaukee County, Wisconsin from 1968 to 1970, and was in private practice from 1970 to 1974. Later, he was a Wisconsin state court trial judge, serving as a circuit judge in Milwaukee from 1978 to 1980.

Federal judicial service

On July 21, 1979, Evans was nominated by President Jimmy Carter to a new seat United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin created by 92 Stat. 1629. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on October 31, 1979, and received his commission on November 2, 1979. He served as chief judge from 1991 to 1995.

On April 25, 1995, Evans was nominated by President Bill Clinton for elevation to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit vacated by Richard Dickson Cudahy. Evans was confirmed by the United States Senate on August 11, 1995, and received his commission the same day. He took senior status in 2010, serving in that capacity until his death.

Pragmatism and humor

Evans' judicial philosophy was marked by pragmatism, an approach well-served at the appellate level by his previous experience as a trial judge. He is particularly known for his sense of humor, and his willingness and ability to weave lighthearted remarks into his judicial opinions. Perhaps the best known example of this was the judge's opinion in United States v. Murphy,[1] in which the following footnote was included:

Judge Richard Posner was also once the subject of Judge Evans' wit, when he stated:

In another memorable quote, Evans described a case as "gummed up from the get-go",[3] describing a case where petitioner Johnson lost his chance to be heard in federal Habeas Corpus (and thus dooming him to serve the remainder of his two consecutive life sentences) because of a delay caused by the state court which made petitioner Johnson's otherwise "properly filed" application for state review technically out of time.[4]

An often-cited district court decision in an admiralty case from 1983 showed Evans' use of humor to veil his impatience with arguments he thought invalid:

According to the technology website CNET.com, Evans became the first federal judge to cite to a YouTube video in a published opinion, in an opinion he authored July 9, 2007.[6]

On July 28, 2009, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Evans has notified the President of his intention to take senior status to take effect on January 7, 2010, on the "30-year anniversary of when he first took the federal bench." This created a vacancy on the 7th Circuit.

Evans died suddenly on August 11, 2011, as a result of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and acute respiratory distress syndrome.[7]

Notes

  1. ^ United States v. Murphy, 406 F.3d 857, 859 (7th Cir. 2005).
  2. ^ Bankcard America, Inc. v. Universal Bancard Systems, Inc., 203 F.3d 477 (7th Cir.), cert denied, 531 U.S. 877 (2000).
  3. ^ Johnson v. McCaughtry, 265 F.3d 559, (7th Cir. 2001, dissenting opinion by Evans).
  4. ^ Johnson supra, at 9-10.
  5. ^ Chester v. MARITIMA del LITORAL, S.A., 586 F.Supp. 192 (E.D. Wisc. 1983).
  6. ^ http://news.cnet.com/8301-10784_3-9743930-7.html
  7. ^ Federal appellate Judge Terrence Evans dies.

Sources

Legal offices
New seat Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
1979–1995
Succeeded by
Charles Clevert
Preceded by
Robert Warren
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
1991–1995
Succeeded by
Joseph Stadtmueller
Preceded by
Richard Cudahy
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
1995–2010
Vacant
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