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Pictured, from left, are James McGuire, of Holwell Shuster Goldberg; David Saxe of Morrison Cohen and James Catterson of Arnold Porter are long time friends who routinely get together for breakfast. (Photo by David Handschuh/NYLJ)

Judges often need other colleagues as friends, not just as mere acquaintances; I have no doubt about that. The social isolation and the peculiar pressures of the judicial position informs this view. For the most part, trial judges work in separate courtrooms and except for perhaps lunch hours and certain evening bar association activities, they are cut off from each other. They work alone. They must also be wary of signs of friendship, flattery and flummery(1) from lawyers coming in and out of their courtroom as merely expression of self-interest.

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