June 06, 2011 Articles

The Art of Lawyering: A Delicate Balance

Judges and lawyers alike must balance their lives in and out of the courtroom.

By Hon. Pamila J. Brown

Being a state trial court judge is exceedingly challenging but very rewarding. Each day I am called upon to decide difficult cases, maintain the dignity and decorum of the courtroom, and manage a very busy docket efficiently, all the while balancing the rights of all the litigants, victims, and witnesses. This delicate balancing act takes place in the courtroom and in the personal lives of judges and lawyers as well.

I offer the following suggestions for use inside and outside the courtroom. They are designed to help you present your case efficiently, effectively, and successfully, and at the same time, enjoy the work that you’re doing.

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