The Honorable William J. Bauer has stepped down from his post as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He served that position since 1974 with fairness, kindness, and wit. He will be missed by both bench and bar. I had the honor of serving as a clerk for Judge Bauer, and it was the highlight of my legal career. His guidance in treating litigants, lawyers, and judges has served me well and I can only aspire to follow in his footsteps. He combined professionalism and humor in a way no other judge did. The Seventh Circuit has lost an icon, and it will not be the same without him.
Thank you for everything Judge.