In the rarefied world of appellate justice, it helps to have a sense of humor. Ninth Circuit Judge Barry Silverman says, "gentle, good-natured humor in small doses can be an effective way to humanize the proceedings." Besides a quick wit, Silverman also has a reputation for being even-tempered and independent. Lawyers say he occupies the political middle ground and those who have appeared in front of him say he's an active participant in oral arguments.
Judicial Profile: Barry Silverman
March 1, 2005