So, today I have to prepare an opening statement and of course, I am procrastinating. In my efforts to procrastinate, I found an article in the Young Lawyers Division newsletter from the State Bar. Here, Judge John Elligton, Georgia Court of Appeals, shares "Lessons I've Learned from the Bench." I found some of these to be very good so I thought I would post them here for you to read.
- You can do anythin in a courtroom until someobody (usually the judge) tells you that you can't.
- Just because you can do anything in a courtroom you want to, doesn't mean you have to.
- There is life outside the courthouse - get one.
- Remember, there are no original stories, just original thieves. If you see another lawyer's style you like, steal it and make it your own.
- In law and in life, it is the people you meet and the friends that you make who make the difference.
- Git-R-Done...early. ...
- Even if it is your first time doing something, act like you have done it 100 times before.
- Time is money. Although money will not buy you happiness, it will buy you are Mercedes-Benz that you can ride around in and look for happiness.
- Most appellate judges think that they are legal scholars. The truth is that they are just lawyers who once knew a governor.
- It doesn't cost anythign to be nice - to staff, baliffs, clients and othere attorneys.
- Motions for Reconsideration (MFRs), also known fondly by the court as "more fascinating reading," will be granted only when it appears the court overlooked a material fact in the record, a statute or decision which would require a different judgment from that rendered. ...
- Everybody in the world does not have a courthouse. . . .
- What we do in the judicial system is important. We deal with people's property, people's children, and people's freedom.
So there, Thank you Judge Ellington. I thought these were good nuggets of wisedom and hope you enjoyed them.