Judge Frank Easterbrook, Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals

Judge Frank Easterbrook

Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals

Frank Hoover Easterbrook was born in September 1958 in Buffalo, New York.  He earned an undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College and received a Juris Doctor from the University of Chicago Law School. He clerked at the First Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. 

He was an assistant to the U.S. Solicitor General and was later promoted to Deputy Solicitor General. He joined the faculty at the University of Chicago Law School, where he remains a senior lecturer.  

Easterbrook was nominated by President Ronald Reagan to a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. After his nomination expired without action taken, he was renominated. He was confirmed by the Senate and assumed his position in April 1995. He served seven years as the court’s Chief Judge. 

In the News…

The challenge to an Indiana law that required the bodies of aborted babies to be buried or cremated has been revived by a three-judge panel of the Seventh Circuit United States Court of Appeals revived, refuting the concept that their remains are comparable to medical waste. 

In the decision written by Judge Frank Easterbrook, he wrote, “Indiana does not require any woman who has obtained an abortion to violate any belief, religious or secular. The cremate-or-bury directive applies only to hospitals and clinics.” 

“At all events, a moral objection to the potential implication of the way medical providers handle fetal remains is some distance from a contention that the state compels any woman to violate her own religious tenets.” 

Regarding the requirement that doctors inform patients about the statute regarding fetal remains, the panel stated, “No one contends that the required notice is false or misleading. … Physicians must tell patients about drugs’ side effects and provide information that enables informed consent to risky procedures such as surgery. Nothing in [Supreme Court precedent] implies that similar notice requirements violate the Constitution.” 

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Did you pray for Judge Easterbrook today? You can let him know at:

The Honorable Frank H. Easterbrook 
Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals 
Everett McKinley Dirksen U.S. Courthouse 
219 S. Dearborn St 
Chicago, IL 60604 


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