Appellate Daily Profiles Judge Easterbrook

Judges Series: Chief Judge Frank Easterbrook
Michelle Olsen
Appellate Daily
November 10, 2010

Chief Judge Frank Easterbrook of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit is one of the best known and most respected federal appellate judges. He has written and been written about extensively, e.g., herehere, herehere, and here-first page only, and given many speeches and presentations, e.g., here and here-at 29-34, 37-42 (17-43).

Chief Judge Easterbrook's career path as an appellate attorney, and now appellate judge, is enviable. Following graduation from the University of Chicago Law School, Easterbrook clerked for First Circuit Judge Levin Campbell and then joined the U.S. Solicitor General's Office, briefing and arguing cases before the Supreme Court for five years. After returning to Chicago Law, this time as a professor, Easterbrook was confirmed to the Seventh Circuit, serving there since 1985 and as its chief judge since 2006.