LOS ANGELES – Lawyers practicing in the LosAngeles’ federal courthouse knew about Judge JamesIdeman’s delegating work to clerks long before this week’scriticism from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals,according to attorneys on both sides of the appellate caseused to deliver the rebuke.

“Talking to trial counsel, we found an understanding that thejudge on a regular basis used law clerks to do things thatother judges did themselves,” said Joseph P. Mascovich ofOakland’s Crosby, Heafey, Roach & May, whorepresented the respondent, Union Pacific Railroad Co. “Iwas surprised, however, by the caustic and aggressive toneof the panel.”

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