Federal appellate Judge Richard Posner to retire on Sept. 2 – Law News

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1 September 2017 | 8:23 pm

Judge Richard Posner will retire from his seat on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals tomorrow, a Chicago legal publication reports. The influential jurist has served on the appeals court for nearly 36 years, according to the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. He is 78.

A prolific writer known for a brilliant mind and pointed statements, he has written more than 3,300 opinions as well as books and articles. In a statement to the Law Bulletin, he said, “I am proud to have promoted a pragmatic approach to judging during my time on the court, and to have had the opportunity to apply my view that judicial opinions should be easy to understand and that judges should focus on the right and wrong in every case. I look forward to continuing to teach and publish, with a particular focus on social justice reform.”

Trisha Rich, an expert in legal ethics and an attorney in the Chicago office of Holland & Knight, last argued before Posner in February. The judge “has been a valuable member of the federal judiciary for many years. Those are going to be big shoes to fill.”

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