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COLVIN WAS A ‘TOUGH GUY, ‘ BUT NOT ON VACATION PLANS Reporter Dan Levine’s obituary of Judge Morton Colvin ["S.F. Judge Morton Colvin, 84," July 1] resonated with my memories of clerking for Judge Colvin when he was the presiding judge of the San Francisco Superior Court. As Mr. Levine writes, Judge Colvin was a “tough guy,” and strict in his rulings, but had a lighter side. He was notoriously hesitant to grant motions to continue trial dates, no matter the extremity of the situation. Although it was nearly impossible to persuade Judge Colvin with tales of incomplete discovery, triple-set calendars, or illness in the immediate family, he would nearly always continue a trial date if it conflicted with vacation plans. “Even lawyers deserve a vacation,” he would observe in chambers.

Neil C. Ludman San Francisco

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