Dean Erwin Chemerinsky's attack on Chief Judge Dennis Jacobs of the 2d Circuit epitomizes what a lawyer should not do. Federal judges are normally inhibited from defending themselves against personal attacks because they are expected to refrain from media give and take. Thus, Chemerinsky must have known that Jacobs was effectively foreclosed from joining him in the trenches to meaningfully respond. Worse, Chemerinsky, supposedly commenting on a speech by Jacobs, totally misrepresented what Jacobs said.
In defense of a judge
The National Law Journal
November 24, 2008
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