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Judge Howard Sachs celebrates 40 years on the bench

Senior U.S. District Judge Howard Sachs at a ceremony on Oct. 4, 2019, marking Sachs’ 40th anniversary on the bench. President Jimmy Carter named Sachs to a newly created seat on the Western District of Missouri in 1979. Now 94, Sachs took senior status in 1992 but continues to hear cases.

Senior U.S. District Judge Howard Sachs speaks with Western District of Missouri Court Executive Paige Wymore-Wynn at a ceremony on Oct. 4, 2019, marking Sachs’ 40th anniversary on the bench.

Senior U.S. District Judge Howard Sachs, center, chats with well-wishers at a ceremony on Oct. 4, 2019, marking Sachs’ 40th anniversary at the Western District of Missouri. The notoriously frugal Sachs would have objected to a caterer, so court staff bought the food at Costco.

Senior U.S. District Judge Howard Sachs, right, speaks with attorney Jerome Wolf at a ceremony on Oct. 4, 2019, marking Sachs’ 40th anniversary at the Western District of Missouri.

Senior U.S. District Judge Howard Sachs, right, greets Magistrate Judge Lajuana Counts at a ceremony on Oct. 4, 2019, marking Sachs’ 40th anniversary at the Western District of Missouri.

Senior U.S. District Judge Howard Sachs, left, speaks with his son Alex Sachs at a ceremony on Oct. 4, 2019, marking Sachs’ 40th anniversary on the bench at the Western District of Missouri. The younger Sachs is an assistant regional counsel for the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Senior U.S. District Judge Howard Sachs, center, speaks with Chief Judge Beth Phillips just before a ceremony on Oct. 4, 2019, marking Sachs’ 40th anniversary on the bench at the Western District of Missouri.

Adam Sachs holds up a proclamation in the Congressional Record honoring his father, Senior U.S. District Judge Howard Sachs, for 40 years of service as a judge of the Western District of Missouri. The younger Sachs is a partner at Husch Blackwell.

Jeff Simon gestures to Senior U.S. District Judge Howard Sachs, center, at ceremony on Oct. 4, 2019, marking the judge’s 40th anniversary at the Western District of Missouri. Simon, the managing partner at Husch Blackwell’s Kansas City office, clerked for Sachs from 1988 to 1990. Sitting with the judge are, from left to right, Chief Judge Beth Phillips and sons Adam and Alex, both attorneys.

Senior U.S. District Judge Howard Sachs jots down notes before making brief remarks at ceremony on Oct. 4, 2019, marking his 40th anniversary at the Western District of Missouri. Prior to his appointment to the bench in 1979, Sachs was in private practice at Spencer Fane Britt & Browne. The Harvard Law graduate was known to use the firm’s Chiefs seats but would spend the games reading books.

Senior U.S. District Judge Howard Sachs makes brief remarks at ceremony on Oct. 4, 2019, marking his 40th anniversary at the Western District of Missouri.

Senior U.S. District Judge Howard Sachs speaks at ceremony on Oct. 4, 2019, marking his 40th anniversary at the Western District of Missouri. Sitting with him on stage are, from left to right, Chief Judge Beth Phillips and sons Adam and Alex, both attorneys. About 150 people attended the event.

Senior U.S. District Judge Howard Sachs stands with Chief Judge Beth Phillips at a ceremony on Oct. 4, 2019, marking Sachs’ 40th anniversary at the Western District of Missouri. Phillips said she thinks of herself as Sachs’ “judicial granddaughter,” as she holds the seat from which he officially retired in 1992.

Visitors watch an oral history featuring Senior U.S. District Judge Howard Sachs in a museum at the federal courthouse in Kansas City following a ceremony on Oct. 4, 2019, that marked Sachs’ 40th anniversary as a judge for the Western District of Missouri.

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