Judges: Back to School

"It is a lonely, almost tragic thing to be made a judge and to be given no orientation in all the responsibilities that go with the job." This lament by Seattle Superior Court Judge Eugene Wright underscores the surprising fact that no U.S. law school or bar association has ever provided any training for present or future trial judges. When a lawyer is appointed or elected to the bench, he is terrifyingly on his own, and is expected to acquire the judicial craft by osmosis, or simply by virtue of his black robe.

Eastern Branch. Judge Wright and other faculty...

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