Born: January 21, 1926
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Abner Joseph Mikva

Judge, U. S. Court of Appeals for District of Columbia Circuit. Nominated by Jimmy Carter on May 29, 1979, to a new seat authorized by 92 Stat. 1629; Confirmed by the Senate on September 25, 1979, and received commission on September 26, 1979. Served as chief judge, 1991-1994. Service terminated on September 19, 1994, due to retirement.

University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 1951

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Courtesy of the Mikva family

Portrait Ceremony
Transcript of ceremony: October 16, 2000

Frame Dimensions
Oil on canvas 31″ X 39 1/2″

Artist
Peter Stevens (1920 – 2002) Trained in art under Sir Walter Russell at the Royal Academy Schools of London, Peter Stevens pursued a career in art and theater before he joined the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II, at which time he painted a portrait of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

His career as a portraitist began in earnest following the war when he painted portraits which are today in such public collections as the New York Court of Appeals, Yale and New York Universities, and in private collections. Mr. Stevens was commissioned to paint a portrait of Justice William Brennan as well as the portraits of a number of federal judges. His portrait of Judge Patricia M. Wald was completed shortly before his death in 2002.

Year Painted
2000

Read Judge Mikva’s Oral History

Professional Career:

U.S. Army Air Corps, 1944-1945
Law clerk, Justice Sherman Minton, Supreme Court of the United States, 1951-1952
Private practice, Chicago, Illinois, 1952-1968
Illinois state representative, 1956-1966
U.S. Representative from Illinois, 1969-1973
Private practice, Chicago, Illinois, 1973-1974
Professor, Northwestern University School of Law, 1973-1975
U.S. Representative from Illinois, 1975-1979
White House counsel, 1994-1995
Visiting professor, University of Chicago, 1996-present

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, Springfield, Ill.

  • Papers, 1959-1996. 183 linear ft.; finding aid; restricted; collection contains Mikva’s congressional and judicial papers.
  • Paul Simon papers, 1948-1973; 107 linear ft.; correspondence.

Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

  • Robert H. Bork papers, 1924-1987; 14.2 linear ft.; finding aid; correspondence.
  • Arthur J. Goldberg papers, 1793-1990; 120.7 linear ft.; finding aid; correspondence.

Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Schlesinger Library on the History of Women

  • National Organization for Women records, 1961-1999; 83 linear ft.; finding aid; represented
Judges of the D.C. Circuit Courts