Why I Prefer D.C.

by Jamison Koehler on December 12, 2012
U.S. Capitol building

Here are 15 reasons I prefer D.C. Superior Court to the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia:

  1. There is a cafeteria.
  2. There is a lawyer’s lounge.
  3. There is a legal library.
  4. Women in orange jackets greet you when you come into the building and direct you to where you need to go.
  5. You can get into an elevator.
  6. When you can’t get into an elevator, there are escalators.
  7. Court clerks are generally pleasant and professional.
  8. Judges, not clerks, run the courtroom.
  9. Most judges take the bench on time.
  10. Most judges follow the law.
  11. Magistrate judges have law degrees and act like judges.
  12. Probation officers return your calls and send you materials in advance.
  13. There is a listserv for criminal defense lawyers.
  14. Prosecutors tend to be older and better educated.
  15. I have yet to see a fight in the courtroom or hallway.

4 Comments on “Why I Prefer D.C.

  1. “mmm.. toasty” – warms hands by the fire of Jamison’s burning bridge.

    Seriously, there’s a lot to appreciate here. Today’s favorite is free cle from very knowledgeable people covering really useful material.

  2. Noah: Yeah, yeah. Although there were a few judges there for whom I had a tremendous amount of respect, I have no plans of ever practicing there again. And the great and free CLEs offered here should have been reason #16.

  3. Free CLEs? Offered by the courts? What a great concept!

  4. Actually, although judges do occasionally offer free CLEs, the best ones are done by the D.C. Public Defender Service.

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