Richard Dickson Cudahy
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Richard Dickson Cudahy
Richard Dickson Cudahy
Senior Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

August 15, 1994 - September 22, 2015
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

September 26, 1979 - August 15, 1994
Jimmy Carter
Seat established by 92 Stat. 1629
Terence T. Evans
Personal details
Richard Dickson Cudahy

(1926-02-02)February 2, 1926
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
DiedSeptember 22, 2015(2015-09-22) (aged 89)
Winnetka, Illinois
EducationUnited States Military Academy (B.S.)
Yale Law School (J.D.)

Richard Dickson Cudahy (February 2, 1926 - September 22, 2015) was an American business executive, law professor, and United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.[1]

Education and career

Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Cudahy was educated at the Canterbury School and received a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York in 1948, and a Juris Doctor from Yale Law School in 1955.[2] He was a Lieutenant in the United States Air Force from 1948 to 1951. He was a law clerk for Judge Charles Edward Clark of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from 1955 to 1956. He was an assistant to the legal adviser for the United States Department of State from 1956 to 1957.[3] He was in private practice in Chicago, Illinois from 1957 to 1960. He was a President and C.E.O. of Patrick Cudahy, Inc., Cudahy and Milwaukee, Wisconsin from 1961 to 1971.[4] He returned to private practice in Milwaukee in 1972, serving also as a member and chairman of the Wisconsin Public Service Commission from 1972 to 1975, then continuing his private practice in Washington, D.C. from 1976 to 1979. He also taught as a lecturer at Marquette University Law School from 1961 to 1966, as a visiting professor of law at the University of Wisconsin Law School from 1966 to 1967, and as a lecturer at the George Washington University Law School from 1976 to 1979.[5]

Federal judicial service

On May 22, 1979, Cudahy was nominated by President Jimmy Carter to a new seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, created by 92 Stat. 1629, 1632. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on September 25, 1979, and received his commission on September 26, 1979. He assumed senior status on August 15, 1994. His service terminated due to his death.[5]

In 2000, two members of Congress complained that Cudahy leaked confidential information prior to the presidential nomination of Al Gore.[6][7]

Personal life

In 1956, Cudahy married Ann Featherston, who died in 1974.[2] In 1976, he married Janet Stuart.[2] He had seven children.[4] He died on September 22, 2015 at his home in Winnetka, Illinois.[8]

Notable decisions

  • Leibovitz v. Paramount Pictures Corp., 137 F.3d 109 (2d Cir. 1998)
  • MCI Communications Corp. v. American Tel. and Tel. Co. 708 F.2d 1081 (7th Cir. 1983)[9]
  • Brownmark Films, LLC v. Comedy Partners, 682 F.3d 687 (7th Cir. 2012)[10][11]
  • World Outreach Conference Center and Pamela Blossom v. City of Chicago, Nos. 13-3669, 13-3728 (2d Cir. June 1, 2015)[12][13][14]


  1. ^ Judicial Conference of the United States, ed. (1983). Judges of the United States (2nd ed.). Washington, D.C.: USGPO. Retrieved 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "Memoriam: Richard D. Cudahy 1948". West Point Association of Graduates. September 22, 2015. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ Laird, Lorelai (September 24, 2015). "7th Circuit Judge Richard Cudahy dies at 89". ABA Journal. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ a b Dole, Kate Marshall (October 2, 2015). "Richard Dickson Cudahy, judge for U.S. court in Illinois, dies at 89". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2017.
  5. ^ a b Richard Dickson Cudahy at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
  6. ^ Lane, Charles (September 20, 2006). "Judges Alter Rules for Sponsored Trips". Washington Post. Retrieved 2017. Among the mishandled cases cited in the Breyer report were...complaints by two members of Congress that a circuit judge, Richard D. Cudahy, leaked news of a coming grand jury investigation of President Bill Clinton on the eve of Vice President Al Gore's presidential nomination in 2000.
  7. ^ Breyer Committee (2006). Judicial Conduct and Judicial Disability Study Committee, Implementation of the Judicial Conduct and Disability Act of 1980: Report to the Chief Justice.
  8. ^ Vielmatti, Bruce (September 23, 2015). "Richard Cudahy Sr.: Cudahy, 'a real gentleman,' ran meatpacker, built law career". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 2017.
  9. ^ MCI Communications Corp. v. American Tel. and Tel. Co., 708 F.2d 1081 (7th Cir. 1983).
  10. ^ "Brownmark Films, LLC v. Comedy Partners". Stanford Copyright and Fair Use Center. Retrieved .
  11. ^ Danzig, Christopher (June 13, 2012). "Quote of the Day: What What (In the Court's Butt)". Above the Law. Retrieved .
  12. ^ Lat, David (June 2, 2015). "The Greatest Concurrence Ever? Maybe...". Above the Law. Retrieved .
  13. ^ Weiss, Debra Cassens (June 3, 2015). "7th Circuit judge writes one-sentence 'maybe' concurrence; was it a 'dubitante' opinion?". ABA Journal. Retrieved .
  14. ^ "World Outreach Conference Center and Pamela Blossom v. City of Chicago". Nos. 13-3669, 13-3728 (2d Cir. June 1, 2015).

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Preceded by
Seat established by 92 Stat. 1629

Succeeded by
Terence T. Evans

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