Reflections from the Bench2017-01-25T11:06:33+00:00

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

Reflections from the Bench: A grunt on the bench

Photo: Senior Judge Larry Sage (right) in Afghanistan, where he served as a Rule of Law Advisor from 2007-2010. Next to the UC Berkeley alum (notice the “Cal” patch) is his “shooter team” leader (identity confidential). Advisors traveled in armored vehicles (rear) with three armed shooters, two of whom were always Gurkhas (retired British Nepalese Army).

By Hon. Larry

August 16th, 2018|

Reflections from the Bench: Not exactly how I remember it: Returning to regular trial duties 20 years after retiring

By Hon. Jess B. Clanton Jr.

It wasn’t unfamiliar territory.

I had worked as a judge in rural Oklahoma for more than 21 years, 18 as a general jurisdiction judge. On most days, I was the only judge in the courthouse in a county of about 14,000 people.

I “retired” 20 years ago but since then had filled in for judges who were

May 21st, 2018|