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Legal Boot Camp for New Judges in New York

NYT – “Each new year, about 100 freshly sworn-in New York State judges get robe fittings, courthouse assignments, chambers and staff members as they prepare to take the bench. But there is one thing these new jurists lack: judicial experience. So the state sends them to “Judge School,” a four-day judicial boot camp offered the first week in January to make judges out of lawyers accustomed to using their legal expertise to battle for clients. “The transition is not something you can prepare for,” said Christopher Robles, 44, one of 84 judges taking the program this week at the New York State Judicial Institute at Pace University’s Law School in White Plains, N.Y. “You go from advocating for one side, to becoming an impartial party who now has to apply the law equally,” said Judge Robles, a former defense lawyer from Brooklyn newly assigned to Brooklyn Criminal Court…”

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