Donald P. Lay
|Donald Pomery Lay|
|Chief Judge of United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit|
|Preceded by||Floyd Robert Gibson|
|Succeeded by||Richard Sheppard Arnold|
|Judge of United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit|
|Nominated by||Lyndon Johnson|
|Preceded by||Harvey M. Johnsen|
|Succeeded by||Morris Sheppard Arnold|
|Born||August 24, 1926
|Died||April 29, 2007
North Oaks, Minnesota
Donald Pomery Lay (August 24, 1926 – April 29, 2007) was an American jurist who served on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit for 40 years, including as chief judge from 1979 to 1982.
Born in Princeton, Illinois, Lay was injured playing football while attending the United States Naval Academy, which ended his plans for military service. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa in 1949 and received his law degree in 1951. After working as a trial lawyer in Milwaukee and Omaha, he was appointed to the Eighth Circuit at age 39 by President Lyndon B. Johnson.
One of his most notable rulings was Jenson v. Eveleth Taconite Co., a landmark sexual harassment case that was the subject of the 2005 film North Country. The Supreme Court of the United States agreed with his 1971 dissent on behalf of two Iowa convicts whose parole was revoked without trial in Morrissey v. Brewer and his dissent in Jaycees v. McClure, which compelled the Jaycees to admit women.
- Hevesi, Dennis (May 2, 2007). Donald P. Lay, 80, Federal Judge Notable in Rights Cases, Dies. New York Times
- Donald P. Lay at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
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