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U.s. Court Of Appeals For The Seventh Circuit

The Hon. Richard Posner retired from the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago on Saturday, September 2. His decision to step down from the bench after 36 years was announced late last Friday. Now 78, Posner was appointed to the court by President Ronald Regan in 1981 and served as its chief judge from 1993 to 2000. 

Posner is well-known in the legal community as a prolific writer on and off of the bench. During his career, he wrote more than 3,300 opinions, as well as dozens of books and articles spanning many legal topics. He is one of the most widely cited appellate judges in the United States.

Chief Judge Frank H. Easterbrook announced that the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has reappointed Northern Illinois Bankruptcy Judge Carol Doyle to another 14-year term when her current term expires on July 26, 2013. Chief Judge Easterbrook commented that the bar and the public were extensively surveyed and the results were that Judge Doyle is rated as an excellent judge.  

Judge Doyle was initially sworn in as a bankruptcy judge in 1999. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa and her law degree from Loyola University in Chicago. Prior to her appointment as a bankruptcy judge, she was a lawyer with the Chicago law firm of Sidley and Austin. She is the immediate past Chief Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of Illinois.