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Quote of the Day - Arguments are to be avoided; they are always vulgar and often convincing. - Oscar Wilde
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Hiding Behind The Curtain - It's The Wizard Of Oz

What?

I may not be able to argue in front of a judge anymore? Admittedly, there may be a good reason, but I don't know of one.

What's the matter, can't take the heat?

Judges apparently think they get all they need to know from the lawyer's brief, and don't need attorneys to appear in front of them.

"A waste of time," some judges have said.

But an argument answers questions. Perhaps more important, however, is that argument allows the lawyers to correct the judge's thinking. Certainly judges typically get it right. But frequently, lawyers have to bring a motion for reconsideration to straighten out a judge's ruling.

Very frequently, opposing lawyers agree that the judge got it wrong and the ruling needs to get straightened out. I wouldn't have a problem with the "no argument" rule if judges got it right all the time. But they don't.

That's the problem when you put on a robe. Sometimes it goes to your head.

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