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"Meeting the Honorable Wallace Kent", by James Am Mitchell. One of my University of MichiganLaw School classmates was Wallace Kent, Jr, known to us as Wally. Were all aware of, and impressed by, the factthat his father was a United States District Judge for the Western District ofMichigan. We also learned that Wally'smother managed to keep His Honor humble on the home front by affectionatelyreferring to him as "the pudgy judgy." Being endowed with a lively sense of humor, JudgeKent evidently found this both endearing as well as humorous.
Shortly after graduating from lawschool, I found myself looking forward to participation in a patentinfringement lawsuit pending before my law school friend's father, theHonorable Wallace P. Kent. My seniorpartner, Peter P. Price, was a law school classmate of Judge Kent. Thus it was with rapt attention that myassociate Randy Litton and I listened to Mr. Price's lecture on courtroomdecorum. Among other things, it was madeclear to us that flashy clothes, e.g. colored shirts, fancy shoes and the likewere definitely "verboten."
Thus, the opening day of trialfound Mr. Price, Mr. Litton and I seated in dark suits, demur ties, whiteshirts and dark shoes as the Bailiff called us to attention and announced hisHonor's entrance. Notwithstanding thesolemnity of the moment, Mr. Litton and I couldn't help but share a fleeting smileas we noticed that underneath his austere robes, his Honor was wearing a yellowshirt and two-tone white and black saddle shoes. It was thus clear that Judge Kent's sense ofdress was as lively as his sense of humor, at least once the robe was removed.
"Major League Baseball in Grand Rapids." In the spring of 1914, the top legal talent in the nation gathered in Grand Rapidsto litigate over the "reserve clause" of Reindeer Bill Kiliker's 1913 contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. He had violated the clause by joining the Chicago Whales. He then repudiated the Whales contract by returning to the Philadelphia Phillies. The Chicago Whales and the federal baseball league sued seeking to enjoin Reindeer Bill from playing baseball for any team other than the Chicago Whales. The Phillies relied on the reserve clause which Reindeer Bill had violated, as a basis for justifying his return to the Phillies and repudiation of his agreement with the Whales.
Welcome to the Historical Society for the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan. Founded in 2002 with the support of the Western Michigan Chapter of the Federal Bar Ass
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Stereoscope: The Journal of the Historical Society is published seasonally by the Society, recounting the proceedings of the Society, and often features in-depth articles about the Court's colorfu
Directory of Officers, Trustees and Affiliated Personnel President: David J. Gass (2017) Miller Johnson 250 Monroe Ave. NW, Suite 800
Biographical Consultants It is the intent of the Historical Society to appoint a biographical consultant for every judge who has served on the Court, to co-ordinate the collection of information ab
Founded in 2002 with the support of the Western Michigan Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, the Historical Society is a free-standing 501(c)(3) organization incorporated under the laws of the Sta
U.S. Magistrate Judges - Western District of Michigan Stephen W. Karr (1971-1987) Lloyd R. Fayling (1971-1982) John R. Weber (1972-1988) Stuart D. Hubbell (1972-1979) Hugh W. Brenneman, Jr.
Resources The Bench and the Bar. by Willard Irving Brigham. Chapter LXIV of The History of the City of Grand Rapids, by Albert Baxter. 1891. History of the Grand Rapids Bar Associat
David J. Gass Miller Johnson (616) 831-1717 firstname.lastname@example.org John H. Logie (616) 915-2300 email@example.com Michael A. MacDonald Assistant United States Attorney&
Judges Dates of Service Vice Location Nims, David Erwin, Jr. 15 April 1955- 30 September 1986
Solomon L. Withey 1863-1886 Solomon L. Withey was born at St. Albans, Vermont, April 21, 1820. His family settled in Vermont during the colon
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"Thank God for Michigan" video presentation During the evening's reception and dinner, a selection of photographs from Grand Rapids' early decades
Judges of the Western District of Michigan Number of judges who have served on the court: 21 To arrange in alphabetical order, click here Withey, Solomon Lewis (1863-1886) Severens, Henry Franklin