Mr. Speaker, I rise today to congratulate the Honorable Milton I. Shadur of Chicago on his career accomplishments as a Senior Federal Judge on the occasion of his 80th birthday.
Judge Shadur's commitment to the judicial process has earned him a tremendous amount of admiration from his colleagues, and I am proud to congratulate him on his continuing commitment to the law, and his service in pursuit of justice.
Judge Shadur graduated from the University of Chicago with both a bachelors of science in mathematics and a graduate degree in law. In between his undergraduate and graduate studies, Judge Shadur served his country with distinction during World War II as a Lieutenant in the Navy as a radar officer stationed on aircraft carriers.
During law school, he served as editor-in-chief of the law review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. This. excellence in education was acknowledged as Judge Shadur graduated, ranked first in his class with the highest scholastic average ever obtained at the University of Chicago Law School.
Even while attending Law School, Judge Shadur's legal skills were recognized by the finest legal minds in the country. Two of his law review notes were cited and quoted by the United States Supreme Court. Additionally, by special leave of the court, Judge Shadur argued his first case before the United States Court of Appeals before being admitted to the bar. One day after his admission to the bar, Judge Shadur argued his first case before the Illinois Supreme Court.
Judge Shadur practiced law in the private sector for 31 years, first joining the law firm headed by former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg. During his career in private practice, Judge Shadur established himself as a highly skilled and even-minded lawyer. His dedication to the law extended beyond his law firm as he served terms as director of both the Chicago Bar Foundation and the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago. He additionally held many important positions with the Chicago Bar Association.
On May 23, 1980 President Jimmy Carter appointed Judge Shadur to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, where he still currently serves. In this position, Judge Shadur has ruled on both civil and criminal cases, authoring over 8,000 opinions. In 1992, Judge Shadur was named a Senior Judge, where he maintains a full civil and criminal calendar, as well as sitting by invitation with several Courts of Appeals around the country each year.
Judge Shadur has also been very active as a community leader, serving as a trustee of the village of Glencoe and as vice president of the American Jewish Congress, where he has pledged to defend the rights of minorities in the United States. He has also been very active with the Ravinia music festival, spending many years serving on its Board of Trustees.
Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the people of the Fifth Congressional District of Illinois and indeed all of Chicago, I am privileged to congratulate Milton I. Shadur, on the occasion of his 80th birthday, for his impressive career accomplishments in the law. I join his wife Eleanor, their three children, three grandchildren, and two great-grandsons in wishing him continued happiness and success in the future.
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