Editor’s Foreword This is Not a Eulogy!
By Benjamin G. Shatz
Benjamin G. Shatz
Our last issue bid Justice Bill Rylaarsdam "A Fond Vaar-wel," thanking him for his volunteer work on this journal â over 27 years’ worth. But if he thought he could slink away with that slight tip of the hat, well, nope. Here at California Litigation, when we give thanks, we do so with abundance. (At least as much as the Litigation Section budget allows.) And do justice to the Justice by honoring him in these pages a final time: both on our cover and with a fascinating profile by his longtime colleague, Justice Eileen Moore. Her article alone is worth the price of admission.
Before flipping the page, please look across the gutter (that’s a technical printing term, meaning the center, folded area of a magazine) to see Don Barber. Mr. Barber’s barber has his work cut out for him. While I can’t recommend a horsehair toupee for California’s courts, I can recommend the highly amusing (and edifying) classic article on judicial garb by Charles Yablon, Judicial Drag: An Essay on Wigs, Robes and Legal Change (1995) 1995 Wis.L.Rev. 1129. Don chaired the Section’s London Committee for over a decade and current Chair Bradley Patterson avers that Don continues to be a "significant asset" to the program. Don’s report on the latest program, held the week of April 20, 2015, speaks for itself. Read it. (We’ll wait.) Now that you’re ready to sign up, the good news is that you’ve got time to arrange your schedule: The next trip over the pond will be in October 2017. Monitor AWeekIn Legal London.com for details.