Friday, January 20, 2006

Lunch with Judge McHugh

Today was the bar luncheon with Judge McHugh. For those who couldn’t make it, here’s what you missed:

Good food. I mean much better food than you normally see at a bar sponsored luncheon.

Judge McHugh is funny. Maybe funnier than Judge Orme.

She works very hard.

She hasn’t had a lot of experience in Utah’s appellate courts. She admitted it. But it also showed in some of her answers to questions about appellate issues and procedures.

Judge Orme encouraged appellate practitioners to “embrace the addendum.” He complained of reading briefs at home but not having critical documents from the record in the addendum. Under rule 24(a)(11), Utah Rules of Appellate Procedure, the addendum should contain

(a)(11)(C) those parts of the record on appeal that are of central importance to the determination of the appeal, such as the challenged instructions, findings of fact and conclusions of law, memorandum decision, the transcript of the court's oral decision, or the contract or document subject to construction.


Judge McHugh mentioned a couple of times that she felt “isolated” on the bench. So if you see her, be sure to say hello and give her a hug.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funnier than Judge Orme? That's a pretty high bar to get over isn't it? Maybe your blog should take a poll: Who is Utah's Funniest Appellate Judge?

4:57 PM  
Blogger Citizen 451 said...

That wasn't my opinion. That was from Judge Orme himself. He introduced Judge McHugh and complained that she had unseated him as the funniest judge on the court.

Personally, I think Judge Orme remains, for now, the court comedian. Judge McHugh made a few witty remarks at the luncheon, but she is still all business in argument. Judge Orme, on the other hand, never hesistates to joke during argument.

5:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't actually attend the luncheon, but from my experience with the court of appeals Judge Orme has certainly been the funniest judge on the court. Only time will tell with Judge McHugh I guess.

10:40 AM  

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