Laramie, Wy – U-S District Judge Clarence Brimmer is
retiring today after 31 years on the bench.
Brimmer is 84 years old. He was appointed by President Ford after serving as U-S attorney for Wyoming and as the state's attorney general.
Important cases Brimmer has overseen in recent years include lawsuits against snowmobiling in Yellowstone National Park and efforts to block logging in roadless areas of national forests.
Brimmer suffered a mild stroke in March. Despite retiring, he's planning to continue a full caseload as a senior judge.
Brimmer says he expects the process of naming his replacement to take about a year.
He says there ought to be a lot of candidates for the job because it's the best job in the federal court system.