Judge Vaughn Walker: Life After Life Tenure

A former colleague of mine, the late William H. Orrick, Jr. always described the position of federal district judge as the “best damn job in the world.” He said it so emphatically that his statement commanded agreement. Plus, in many ways, it’s true.

So, why would any sensible person lucky enough to have attained that position walk away from it? Put aside that federal district judges make mistakes – as they are with some regularity reminded by judges on the circuit courts – there are lots of reasons not to walk away from a district judgeship. There are at least five reasons…

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