TAN: What skills have you gained that would make you an effective judge?
LJ: I’m not sure if I’m answering the question as you intend it. But my answer to that would be having been a sole practitioner for that number of years, primarily in the field of general civil law, I have done all kinds of cases. Probates, adoptions, divorce and custody kinds of cases. Real estate transactions. Just a wide variety.
So I’ve been exposed to a lot of circumstances. In each of those circumstances, I had to look at the facts, determine what’s best for my client within the confines of the law and present the case in that fashion. So I think that, over a period of 18 years, has given me a really good perspective into the types of cases that I would be overseeing as an associate district judge.
TAN: As an associate district judge, would you be handling al types of cases, civil and criminal?
LJ: As it is today — I don’t know if the assignment of cases will change in the future, but as it is today — the associate district judge handles that type that I just explained of civil cases, and generally not any criminal.
That position — and I’m referring to the associate district judge — does things like deprived and neglected child cases, delinquent child cases, mental health court. I believe also juvenile drug court, as well as the divorces and custody and probates and those types of general things that come before a judge.
So if the division of cases were to stay the same, then I think what I have done so far has made me very experienced in all of those areas and able to take it on as a judge rather than an attorney.
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