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Meet Wesley Brown: At 102, He’s the Oldest Active Federal Judge in U.S.

Posted Mar 3, 2010 1:08 PM CDT
By Molly McDonough

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First appointed to the federal bench by President Kennedy in 1962, U.S. District Judge Wesley E. Brown bore witness to the tumultuous civil rights era. In his lifetime, he's experienced the advent of radio, television and the Internet.

And he's still going to work in Wichita, Kan., every day, even though he took senior status in 1979.

In a profile of Judge Brown that includes video interviews, the Wichita Eagle says that the judge credits his longevity to a strong work ethic and healthy curiosity.

"I've worked all my life," Brown told the paper. "I wouldn't know what else to do."

In one of the Common Law series videos and an accompanying blog post from What the Judge Ate for Breakfast, the Eagle notes that Brown is the longest-serving federal judge in the United States.

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These Four Lawyers Embody the Legal Profession’s ‘Work-Until-Death Ethic’

Arnold & Porter’s Age Policy Cited as Reason Partner Skipped to Davis Polk

Woman, 79, Finishes Law School, Lands 1st Job in Practice

7 Over 70: Lions of the Trial Bar

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