Because of his love of legal history and his respect for the United States Federal District Court of the Eastern District of Missouri, Senior United States District Judge E. Richard Webber had long desired to have a formal history of the Court. With author and historian Burton A. Boxerman as writer, Judge Webber formed a committee of experts that included prominent attorneys in the private practice of law who shared his passion for legal history and the court system.
Beginning with the Court’s roots in the Articles of the Confederation, Boxerman describes the history of the Federal Judiciary and its selection process that ensures rigorous consideration of qualifications. He includes the judges’ biographies, available photos, and discussions of many major cases and their implications, with copies in the appendix of the original documents in the famous Dred Scott trial.
Boxerman writes that the court in which these judges hear cases has been and continues to be a forum of integrity, where justice is fairly dispensed and everyone has the opportunity to be heard. Missouri’s United States District Court for the Eastern District is today, as it has always been, an institution that truly metes out “justice for all.”
About the Author
Burton A. Boxerman is a retired teacher of American History and Government and holds a Ph.D. from St. Louis University. He has authored numerous articles in historical journals and he and his wife, Benita, have written three books on Major League Baseball history.
Published by Southeast Missouri State University Press, hardback, 2014. 544 pages.