At the Circuit Level

8th Circuit Sits in KC

Judges Lavenski R. Smith, William J. Riley and Lyle E. Strom
Judges Lavenski R. Smith, William J. Riley
and Lyle E. Strom
The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held oral arguments in Kansas City from May 10-13.  Panels included Chief Judge Riley (Nebraska), Circuit Judges Smith (Arkansas), Melloy (Iowa) and Benton (Missouri), as well as District Judge Gritzner (Iowa) and Senior District Judge Strom (Nebraska).  Arguments were heard on approximately 20 cases, covering a wide variety of civil and criminal issues.  One was the headline-grabbing case, tried before Judge Laughrey, involving the sex trafficking of a minor; another involved a civil rights claim against Kona Grill and the Plaza, tried before Chief Judge Gaitan;  a RICO case tried before Judge Kays; and the Interstate Bakeries Corp. bankruptcy and a settlement involving insurance policies, tried before Judge Sachs.  Eighth Circuit panels will return to Kansas City for arguments November 14-18, 2011; February 13-17, 2012; and March 12-16, 2012.

Senior Judge Gibson Retires

Judge Gibson
A ceremony and reception celebrating the retirement of 8th U.S. Circuit Senior Judge John R. Gibson were held on May 10, 2011, on the 10th floor of the Whittaker Courthouse. Chief Judge William J. Riley presided over the ceremony, which featured a resolution presented by Judge Michael M. Melloy, as well as tributes, stories and memories from Judge Duane Benton and retired District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh Sr., a longtime friend and former classmate at the University of Missouri School of Law. Chief Judge Riley introduced the many judges in attendance as well as Judge Gibson’s family:  daughter Jeanne Gibson Sullivan; her husband, Bill; their sons Connor and Luke; son Robert; stepdaughter Holly Mills; her husband Will and son Sam; and stepdaughter Catherine Larrison. Many of Judge Gibson’s former law clerks, friends and other courthouse staff helped to celebrate the occasion.

Judge Gibson served in the U.S. Army before attending MU.  He practiced law in Kansas City for 30 years and served on a variety of associations, commissions and organizations.  Judge Gibson was nominated in 1981 as a U.S. District Court judge for the Western District of Missouri.  He was elevated to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals just six months later, where he served until his retirement this past January.  His many interests include photography, bicycling and travel.  His wisdom, wit and energy will be missed as he relocates to the Boston area to be closer to his daughter and grandsons.

8th Circuit Judges Judge Gibson and his family
Judges Duane Benton, Michael J. Melloy, John R. Gibson, Chief Judge William J. Riley, Judges Morris S. Arnold  and Judge Lavenski R. Smith Judge Gibson and his family


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