Brian Barnett Duff
|Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois|
October 30, 1996 – February 25, 2016
|Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois|
October 17, 1985 – October 30, 1996
|Appointed by||Ronald Reagan|
|Preceded by||New seat|
|Succeeded by||Ronald A. Guzman|
September 15, 1930|
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
|Died||February 25, 2016
Wilmette, Illinois, U.S.
|Resting place||All Saints Cemetery
Des Plaines, Illinois, U.S.
|Relations||Paul (deceased), John, Ellen (deceased), Roderick (deceased), Kevin (deceased), Elizabeth Murphy, Gerald (deceased), Shelia (deceased), Brendan|
|Parents||Dr. Paul Harrington Duff (deceased)
Frances Ellen Duff
|Education||St. John's Preparatory School|
|Alma mater||University of Notre Dame
DePaul University College of Law
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1953–1961|
Brian Barnett Duff (September 15, 1930 – February 25, 2016) was a United States federal judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
Duff was in the United States Navy Lieutenant, JAG Corps from 1953 to 1956 and served in the U.S. Naval Reserve from 1957 to 1961. He was an Assistant to C.E.O., Banker's Life and Casualty from 1962 to 1967. For a year Duff was a Vice president and general counsel, R. H. Gore Co. from 1968 to 1969 and in private practice from 1965 until 1976 in Chicago, Illinois.
Career as a judge
From 1971 to 1976, Duff was a Member in the Illinois House of Representatives. He served as the minority whip for the Republican Party. He was also judge on the Circuit Court of Cook County, Criminal Division from 1976 to 1979, and then at Circuit Court of Cook County, Law Jury Division from 1979 to 1985.
Duff was a federal judge on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. On August 1, 1985, Duff was nominated by President Ronald Reagan to a new seat created by 98 Stat. 333. He was later confirmed by the United States Senate on October 16, 1985, and received his commission on October 17, 1985. He took senior status due to a certified disability on October 30, 1996.
Brian Duff was married to Florence Buckley in 1953. They had their first child, Ellen, in 1955, and had four sons (Brian, Roderick, Kevin, and Daniel) in the following years. Duff died on February 25, 2016.
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- Possley, Maurice; O Connor, Matt (October 11, 1996). "Judge steps down after decade of controversy." Chicago Tribune.
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- Brian Duff Obituary on Tributes.com
- Polly Welts Kaufman, "Julia Harrington Duff and the Political Awakening of Irish-American Women in Boston, 1888-1905" in Susan Lynne Porter, Women of the Commonwealth: Work, Family, and Social Change in Nineteenth-Century Massachusetts (University of Massachusetts Press 1996). ISBN 9781558490055
- Brian Barnett Duff at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
|Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Ronald A. Guzman