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Common Law: 48 years on the bench

When Wesley Brown was born in 1907, Theodore Roosevelt was president, women started staging protests fighting for the vote and the Boy Scouts opened their first camp. As Senior U.S. District Judge, Brown still works full-time, deciding criminal and civil cases at the federal courthouse in Wichita. “I’ve been working since I was 10 years old,” Brown said during a recent interview. “I wouldn’t know what else to do.”

Here is the first in a series from a video interview with the oldest active judge in the U.S. federal courts.