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When one door closes another opens

Hello everyone. It has been more than 6 months since I issued my last judicial training blog post. I apologize for the long delay.

As you can probably imagine I have been incredibly busy since the Supreme Court issued their order ending my judicial career last October. Although initially devastated, it did not take long for me to recognize the amazing opportunity being laid out before me.

Over the past 8 months, my entire life has truly undergone a miraculous transformation. It really is true that when one door closes in life others will open. I extend my sincere thanks to the many offers I received to join various metropolitan law firms. I chose to follow a different path, one of my own choosing. Leaving the bench presented me a golden opportunity to pursue and cultivate one of my lifelong passions into a lucrative third career.

To the many judges and attorneys that sent me beautiful heartfelt notes and letters of support, I apologize for not being able to thank each of you individually. To those that have suggested the Supreme Court’s decision to remove me was personal and petty, I express no opinion because quite frankly that really doesn’t matter anymore.  I am now happier, healthier and better off financially than at any time during my judicial career. Ironically, I have the Supreme Court to thank for that.

Many have asked what I loved most about being an attorney and a District Court Judge. Without a doubt it was the excitement and thrill of being lead trial attorney in more than 100 jury trials and then later the intellectual challenges of presiding over jury trials. But perhaps more than anything, I am most proud of my work product in the areas of law enforcement, attorney and judicial training, especially on issues involving trial advocacy and evidence.

My hope is to keep writing blog posts on various topics of interest to attorneys, judges and law professionals. My first substantive blog post will address some basic rules for handling physical evidence during trial. At the risk of sounding harsh, attorneys that fail to learn and follow these basic rules have no business being in the courtroom. Similarly, judges that fail to learn and follow these basic rules have no business presiding over jury trials. In other words, during a jury trial the last thing anyone wants is the blind leading the blind. More on that later………………….

Keep fighting for what you know is right!


July 14, 2016 (1)