Wearing The Robe

The Art And Responsibilities of Judging In Today’s Courts


What do Hammurabi, Solomon, and Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. have in common? They all presided as judges, relying on a precise understanding of the law to dispense justice. Today’s judges, too, have a significant opportunity to resolve disputes intelligently and artfully change lives for the better, but they also face many other daily challenges. Unfortunately, there is no real handbook for a practicing judge – or there wasn’t, until now.

Written by Judge James P. Gray, Wearing the Robe explores the day-to-day realities of being a judge, from faithfully applying the law in court to sharing knowledge outside the courthouse.

The author addresses a range of important topics, examining how judge can obtain and refine their skills, preside effectively over judicial calendars, healthfully manage the restricitions placed on their private lives, and more. Throughout, personal insights and practical tips add to a firm foundation of knowledge.

Whether you currently fill a judicial position or you are simply considering the pursuit of one, Wearing the Robe provides a unique look at the art and responsibilities of being a judge in today’s courts.

  • Provides comprehensive suggestions for being a more effective judge.
  • Covers criminal, civil, traffice, family, probate, and juvenile assignments, and more.
  • Present seasoned advice for judges and attorneys about pretrial and trial work.
  • Offers practical guidance for setting those “unsettlable” cases.
  • Provides insightful tips on dealing with and managing the media

James P. Gray received his undergraduate degree from UCLA in 1966, and his law degree from USC in 1971. Between college and law school he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica. After graduation, Judge Gray was a staff judge advocate and criminal defense attorney in the US Navy JAG Corps. Later experience included several years as a federal prosecutor ni the United States Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles, and private practice in civil litigation. The author has been a trial court judge in Orange County, California, since 1983, and has received numerous awards for his legal and civic activities.

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