Reflections from the Bench
Personal essays by your fellow judges (active or retired) talking about their experiences in the judiciary. Have an idea for an essay? Email it to email@example.com.
By Hon. Dennis Challeen (Ret.)
I remember a very good trial attorney who had a closet full of used sport coats and ties that he used to dress up his criminal clients when they came to court. He even threw in a shave and haircut to boot. I knew what he was up to, but he wasn’t trying to fool me,
By Hon. Michael E. Keasler
I encountered a very creative defendant in my early years as a prosecutor. He was on probation for felony DWI, and he was charged with having violated a condition of probation that forbade his consumption of alcoholic beverages. At his hearing, he pleaded “Not True” to the allegations in the motion to revoke probation.
By Hon. Karen Adam (Ret.)
As a longtime judicial officer, I was excited to be summoned for jury duty in January 2017. When I arrived at the jury assembly room, I wondered why there were so few potential jurors. The jury commissioner explained: There was only one trial set that day, a criminal case.
By Judge Bruce E. Moore
We administrative law judges often feel, at best, misunderstood by our trial-judge brethren and, at worst, looked down upon.
By Judge Don Ash
Change has always made me feel uncomfortable. I like to know which path I am choosing, where the path is going, and what path is next. I have applied the same philosophy as a trial judge. The best days on the bench for me are those when everyone is prepared and the proceedings move in a fashion
By Judge David J. Dreyer
I live in Indiana. My daughter lives in Oregon. She never calls. But one night long ago she did send me a text.