September 23, 2015

ACS Mourns the Death of Judge Richard D. Cudahy

Judge Richard Cudahy








ACS President on Death of Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Cudahy

Washington, D.C. – Judge Richard D. Cudahy, 89, died at his home on September 22. Cudahy was an active and stellar jurist. President Jimmy Carter appointed Cudahy to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in 1979. He assumed senior status in 1994 and remained an active judge until his death. Cudahy was also a widely published legal scholar in areas of environmental and public energy law. In 2013 the Yale Journal on Regulation published a tribute to his distinguished career as a jurist. Since 2008 ACS has conducted the Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulatory and Administrative Law to honor Judge Cudahy’s distinguished service as one of the nation’s finest appellate judges.

ACS President Caroline Fredrickson on the passing of Judge Cudahy:

ACS is deeply saddened by the news of Judge Richard Cudahy’s death. Our thoughts are with his family during this trying time. Judge Cudahy was an inspiration to many in the legal community where his commitment to justice and fairness were unrivaled. He was an exemplary jurist, who gained a national reputation for authoring deep, rigorous and fair-minded judicial opinions. He was a dear friend to ACS and so many others. ACS will continue to honor Judge Cudahy’s legacy with its annual writing competition.

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