Judge Frank H. Easterbrook has long told his law students, only half in jest he says, that he wishes he had a button on his courtroom bench that he could push to open a trapdoor beneath the feet of attorneys not properly prepared for court, sending them down a chute to the street outside. So far, he has no plans to install such an apparatus when he becomes chief judge of the 7th Circuit in November. Court watchers praise Easterbrook's intellect, but opinions about his tough courtroom style vary widely.
Exacting Easterbrook to Be Chief of 7th Circuit
The National Law Journal
August 29, 2006