From Father to Son, a Generational Shift in Judicial Demeanor Julia Love, The Recorder February 21, 2014 | 2 Comments share share by mail share on linkedin Facebook share on twitter share on google+ Share With Email Send Thank you for sharing! Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided. print reprints Judge William Orrick III may have assumed his father's former seat on the Northern District bench, but he's breaking from family precedent. Sign up for a free digital membership and get great benefits like: Already Registered? Sign In now 5 free articles* every 30 days, from other ALM publications Exclusive discounts on ALM events and products American Lawyer digital newsletter, plus your choice of more than 30 digital newsletters Access on the device of your choice: smartphone, tablet, or desktop Unlimited free access to Corporate Counsel and Law Technology News online Create Account with LinkedIn Register Now *May exclude premium content VIEW COMMENTS ( 2 ) ADD COMMENT What's being said Sign In Terms & Conditions not available Mar 06, 2014 I read with great interest Julia Loves story on Judge William Orrick III and the stylistic differences between he and his father, the late Hon. William H. Orrick Jr. I practiced with Orrick the Younger for a couple of years in the early 1980s, shortly after completing a one year clerkship with Orrick the Elder. What struck me most about both men was their integrity and their profound respect and sense of responsibility to their position and profession. As for Orrick the Elders famous temper, certainly it existed and was occasionally on display. But there was more than a little method to his madness. Unlike almost all of his colleagues, Judge Orrick didnt refer discovery disputes to a Magistrate Judge. Rather, on law and motion day he would ask his clerks to select a particularly egregious or petty dispute and put it first on the calendar. Then, in front of a courtroom full of lawyers, he would call the first matter and rip into both counsel for wasting the courts time with such nonsense. As his tirade built in intensity, pairs of lawyers would rise, retire to the hallway, and return to take their suddenly resolved motions off-calendar. His diatribe complete, the judge would dismiss the unfortunate attorneys and, looking over at his clerks, smile and wink. Richard Abramson, GC, SRI International not available Feb 28, 2014 I will add a voice to the gentler side of Judge Orrick, Jr. As a female litigator, I too, was concerned about ever asking the judge for a trial continuance. But, some 19 years ago, 8 months pregnant, I appeared before Judge Orrick, asking for a continuance because my due date was when the trial was set to start. He responded, very sternly, "well, Ms. Noma, you have been in my courtroom several times and you know that I rarely grant continuances [pause] but under the circumstances, when you do you think you‘d be ready to proceed?" This is a very heartwarming memory that I have of Judge Orrick and his acceptance and understanding of the mothers-to-be who are litigators. Christine Noma, (Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean) Comments are not moderated. To report offensive comments, click here. Preparing comment abuse report for Article# 1202644093977 Send Thank you! This article's comments will be reviewed.