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7th Circuit senior judge dies

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7th Circuit Court of Appeals Senior Judge Terence Thomas Evans has died. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the judge died at the University of Chicago Medical Center after suffering from a sudden serious illness.

Judge Evans was born in Milwaukee in 1940, earned his juris doctorate from Marquette University Law School in 1967, and first became a judge in 1974 when he was a County judge in Milwaukee County. He was nominated by President Jimmy Carter for U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin in 1979 and was on the bench there until 1995, when he left to join the 7th Circuit. While on the District Court, he served as chief judge from 1991 to 1995.

President Bill Clinton nominated Judge Evans for the federal appellate bench in April 1995 to fill a seat vacated by Judge Richard Dickson Cudahy, who is a senior judge for the court. Judge Evans took senior status in January 2010. The person nominated for his seat, Wisconsin Law professor Victoria Nourse, is the daughter-in-law of Judge Cudahy. Her nomination has been held up by Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc.

7th Circuit Judge Diane Sykes, who clerked for Evans, told the Journal Sentinel that his court family is devastated.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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