United States Courts
Western district of Missouri
Judge Sachs Celebrates a Milestone
Many of you have visited the Antique Room, which is on the second floor of the courthouse outside the area where the Bartlett and Koger Lectures are held. We use this room for special occasions, as it houses mementos from judges and prior courthouses and reminds us of the rich history of the Western District. And on Sept. 13, the court celebrated another special occasion in the Antique Room―the 85th birthday of Judge Howard F. Sachs. Joined by his family and chambers staff, Judge Sachs reminisced with friends and colleagues while enjoying his birthday cake.
In the 1950s and early ’60s, prior to joining the judiciary, Judge Sachs had a background in civil rights activity, particularly in opening the Bar Association, and in writing and defending the legality of the local ordinances prohibiting discrimination by hotels, motels and restaurants. A former law clerk for Judge Albert Ridge, Judge Sachs was appointed to the bench by Senator Thomas F. Eagleton in 1978.
As Judge Sachs is the Western District’s resident scholar and historian, it was particularly fitting that the court was able to make a little more history by marking this special milestone with the Sachs family.