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Judge Richard Cudahy, an active senior judge, was born in 1926 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and died September 22, 2015, at his home. He was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in 1979 by President Jimmy Carter. He graduated from West Point and Yale Law School. He served in the Office of Legal Advisor of the U.S. Department of State, as Chief Executive Officer of Patrick Cudahy, Inc., as the Chairman of the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, and a partner with the former firm of Isham, Lincoln and Beale. He was a visiting professor at Marquette University Law School, the University of Wisconsin, DePaul University College of Law, and George Washington University of Law.

Judge Cudahy served as the President of the Milwaukee Urban League, a trustee of the Environmental Defense Fund, President of the Law Club of Chicago, and Chairman of the International Human Rights Law Institute of DePaul University. He was Chairman of the Wisconsin Democratic Party from 1967-68 and was a candidate for Wisconsin Attorney General in 1968.

His colleagues mourn his passing.
In Memoriam :
Hon. Richard D. Cudahy
1926 - 2015


Note:  Appellate Miscellaneous Fees to change effective December 01, 2013. Please read the details.

Attention Appellate Court Filers:
For the latest information regarding the ECF applet and known Java issues (both MAC and PC), please read this Pacer Service Center notice: http://www.pacer.gov/announcements/general/appljavanote.html.

September 2012 MAC issue:   New Mac computers come with a default setting that does not allow applications downloaded from "anywhere"
(which prevents download of the ECF applet).
  To resolve the issue please see the details.

updated: 09/23/2015      
    Adobe, Inc. Acrobat Reader [free download]
    Annual Report [See: Seventh Circuit Statistics]
    Application For Admission To Practice (form)
    Appellate Fees  [effective: 12/01/2013]
    Appearance & Disclosure Statement   [updated]
    Application Fee (Bar Membership Fee)
      Archived Records (Federal Records Center)     [effective: 10/01/2011]
    Argument Confirmation form
    Bankruptcy Judgeships
    Bar Association  [ Seventh Circuit Bar Association ]
    ° Brief Examples
    Brief Filing Checklist
    Brief Upload => See: ECF Brief Submission
    Calendar: Daily Argument Calendar
    Calendar: Week and Session Calendar
      Case Information - Archived Records (Federal Records Center)     [effective: 10/01/2011]
    Case Info. / Docket Sheets   [updated: November 2014]
    Certificate of Service (sample form)(.pdf)
  ° CJA Information (forms and hourly rate information)

New Update to the Judiciary Staff Travel Regulations (Guide to Judiciary Policy, Vol. 19, Ch. 4): http://www.uscourts.gov/RulesAndPolicies/TravelRegulations.aspx
    CJA Plan
    Circuit Links
Circuit Rule Changes  [changes to Circuit Rules 3, 10, 11, 22, 26.1, 28, 34, 45 and 46 are effective December 01, 2014]
    CM / ECF Case Information (2008 +)
    CM/ECF: Next Generation Survey
    ° Contact Information
    ° Courthouse Photos
    Daily Argument Calendar
    Disclosure Statement (in pdf format)   Please see: Appearance & Disclosure Statement  [updated]
    Docket Sheets

Mandatory E-Filing and
Circuit Rule changes
took effect on
May 01, 2011

ECF (Electronic Case Filing) Information
  • Notice of Circuit Rule Changes
  • Electronic Case Filing Circuit Rules
  • Electronic Case Filing Procedures
       • ECF Document Filing System
       • ECF Attorney Filing Options
   Important ECF Reminders 
       • ECF Registration
       • Brief Upload System (overview)
       • ECF User's Manual  updated  
           • ECF FAQ's
    ECF (Electronic Case Filing) Training Area

ECF Tutorials
Pay.gov:   How to pay a fee electronically  
    Electronic Fund Transfers (processing checks as electronic fund transfers)  [effective: 01/01/2013]
    Employment Opportunities
    ° FAQs
    Federal and Circuit Rules
    Federal Defender website
Federal Rule Changes   [changes to Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 6 are effective December 01, 2014]
    Fee Changes 
  Fee Chart
    ° Forms
  In Forma Pauperis form  
  Admission to Practice form   [updated]
  Appearance & Disclosure Statement   [updated]
  Argument Confirmation form
  Certificate of Service (sample)
  CJA Forms list
  Special Notice to Counsel who will Present Oral Argument
  Transcript Information Sheet form
  Volunteer Pannel Attorney Questionnaire form  [updated]
  Handbook for Criminal Appeals in the Seventh Circuit     [Second Edition]
    Guidelines for Briefs and Other Papers
° Human Resources
    In Forma Pauperis (form)
  Java Resources and Information
    Judges’ Attendance at Privately Funded Educational Programs
    Judgeships (Bankruptcy Judgeships)
    Judicial Business of the U.S. Courts
    Judicial Conference
    Judicial Misconduct or Disability Complaint Decisions
    Judicial Misconduct or Disability Complaint Form
    Judicial Misconduct or Disability Complaint Instructions for Filing Complaint Form
    Judicial Misconduct or Disability Complaint Rules and Information
    Library (William J. Campbell Library of the U.S. Courts)
    ° Mediation
    New Employee Information
    Opinions - Nonprecedential Dispositive Orders  rss icon image  queston mark
    Operating Procedures
    Operating Procedures changes
    Oral Arguments  rss icon image
    Oral Argument Confirmation Card (see Argument Confirmation form)
    OSCAR   [Online System for Clerkship Application and Review]
    Painting With Print . . .
    Pacer Case Information (2007 + prior)
    Pacer Fee Increase
    Pacer Service Center
    ° Pattern Jury Instructions
  [Revised 2013]

Pattern Civil Jury Instructions (2015 Ed.)   [.pdf version] [revised 2015]

  Pattern Criminal Jury Instructions (2012 Ed.)   [.pdf version]
  The Committee on Federal Criminal Jury Instructions of the Seventh Circuit has become a standing committee and is seeking comments on its work on an ongoing basis.

Please send any comments on existing instructions or suggestions for new ones to: jicomments@illinois.edu.
  Pattern Criminal Jury Instructions (2012 Ed.)   [Word .doc version]
    February 4, 2013 -- the Pattern Criminal Jury Instruction Committee has revised
the withdrawal instructions in light of the Supreme Court's recent decision
in Smith v. United States, 133 S. Ct. 714 (2013). The revised instructions are
numbered 5.13, 5.14(A) and 5.14(B).
  Practitioner's Handbook   [updated  May, 2014]
    Privacy Rules and Judicial Conference Privacy Policy
    Redaction Guides:
  Redaction Methodology Suggestions
  NSA: Redacting with Confidence
  Metadata: Word 2010
  Metadata: Word 2007
    Report on Civility in the Seventh Federal Judicial Circuit
    Request for E-Mail Address Updates
    RSS Feeds - Seventh Circuit  rss icon image   [Please see: Oral Arguments  rss icon image  and  Opinions and Nonprecedential Dispositive Orders  rss icon image  queston mark]
Rules [html version]
Rules [pdf version]  
Rule Changes
    ° Settlement Conference Office [Please see:  Mediation ]
  Circuit Rule Changes    [changes to Circuit Rules 3, 10, 11, 22, 26.1, 28, 34, 45 and 46 are effective December 01, 2014]
  Federal Rule Changes  [changes to Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 6 are effective December 01, 2014]
    Seventh Circuit Bar Association [ Bar Association ]
    Seventh Circuit Operating Procedures
    Seventh Circuit Electronic Discovery Pilot Program
° Seventh Circuit Statistics  [The Judicial Business of the United States Courts of the Seventh Circuit]
    ° Seventh Circuit Video Library
Staff Attorney Clerkship Program (with Judge Diane P. Wood and Michael K. Fridkin)
    [recorded February 08, 2012] (alternate link: http://youtu.be/hMub8XZDf8M )
Pathways to the Bench: U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Ann C. Williams 
     [recorded: July 12, 2011] ( alternate link: http://youtu.be/7OYZNLPBtbs )
Hon. Terence T. Evans Memorial Service   [recorded September 23, 2011]
Investiture of Hon. John Daniel Tinder   [recorded May 21, 2008]
Seventh Circuit Wiki  [recorded January 21, 2008]
Court Voices: Quality of Service  [recorded 2009]
    Standards for Professional Conduct
    Transcript Information Sheet
    Video Library (see Seventh Circuit Video Library)
    Volunteer Panel Attorney Questionnaire
    Week and Session Calendar

Please direct all Court inquiries
to the Clerk's Office

(312) 435-5850
or write:

U.S. Court of Appeals
Room 2722
219 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60604
Also see: Court Contact Info.