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Press Release - Portrait Unveiling of Judge Frank Murphy

Jul 11, 2019

For Immediate Release

Contact: Zenell B. Brown, Executive Court Administrator
(313) 224-2236
Subject: Third Circuit Court Hosts a Portrait Unveiling of Judge Frank Murphy


Detroit, MI – In 1923, Frank Murphy became the youngest judge ever elected to Recorder’s Court where he served until 1930. Judge Murphy presided over several seminal trials as local judge and later as a United States Supreme Court Justice. The upcoming portrait unveiling commemorates not only his judicial service but also his service as the Governor-General of the Philippines. During his service as Governor-General of the Philippine from 1933-35, Frank Murphy was recognized for his emphasis of social justice as he was sympathetic to the plight of ordinary Filipinos, many of whom were oppressed tenant farmers. In 1935, the Commonwealth of the Philippines was established with U.S. approval. In Korematus v. United States, Judge Murphy’s dissent harshly criticized the majority ruling to uphold the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.

The portrait unveiling is scheduled for July 19, 2019 at 12:30 p.m. at Third Circuit Court, Frank Murphy Hall of Justice, Jury Assembly Room, 1441 St. Antoine, Detroit, MI. Members of the legal community and public are welcome to attend.

The portrait unveiling shines a light on the rich and diverse history of the Third Circuit Court, which is being preserved and shared by the Court’s Historical Committee. The Third Circuit Court Historical Committee was established in 2017 and is comprised of volunteer court staff and judges. 

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