Monday, November 12, 2012
The Honorable John "Jack" Louis Coffey
The judge for whom I clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit during the 1999-2000 term, the Honorable John "Jack" Louis Coffey, died on Saturday. Here is an excerpt from his obituary.
Jack and his nine siblings earned degrees from Marquette University. He served for the U.S. Navy during World War II and then matriculated to Marquette University Law School, which led to his lifelong career in the legal profession.
Jack's 58 years on the bench began with elected judicial positions on the Milwaukee Municipal Court, Circuit Court and Wisconsin Supreme Court. In 1982 Jack was nominated by President Reagan to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, where he would serve until his retirement this past January.