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Richard Emery

The esteemed former Boston federal district judge, Nancy Gertner, addressed a group of admirers at a gathering just after she left the bench to go into private practice. Among the many lessons she imparted to the gathering was that, as a judge, she had a hard time getting a reservation at restaurants. But now that she was no longer a judge she has no problem. You see, she said, while she was a judge she could not use her title when she called for a booking. Now retired, she could identify herself as “Judge Gertner” and immediately get the best table.

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