JULY 26, 2012 – ROBES

There are similarities between the Catholic Church and U.S. Courts.  One of them is robes.  The Pope wears robes.

So do our Supreme Court Justices.   Justices’ robes use to be more colorful.  http://www.supremecourt.gov/about/traditions.aspx


Now United States Supreme Court Justices wear only black robes.

Washington State Judges and Supreme Court Justices also wear black robes.



Tradition is important for institutions like the Catholic Church and U.S. Courts.  The robes suggest continuity between the past and the present.  The legitimacy and authority accumulated in the past by these institutions is intended to be transferred to those who presently wear the robes.

I wish there were magic robes that men could put on to divine the word of God and make the correct decisions about the rule of law.

Today I got up late.  I was sleeping in my office pod.  My cell phone kept ringing.  I thought it was my alarm letting me know that it was 8:00 AM.  Instead, it was Andrew , one of our lawyers, calling to wake me up for an 11:00 AM conference call.

Gary drove up from Seattle to go with me to the National Lawyers Guild judicial forum in Bellingham, Washington.   We got to our location an hour early and looked for a place to eat.  Bellingham is a cool city.  It would be a great place to go college.

I had a double cheese burger with grilled onions at a burger place.  Gary was not as hungry.  He ate a burger.

Gary and I walked about six blocks to the Labor Temple.

Susan Owens was not there.

Justice Gonzales arrived with his mother.  It was a pleasure to meet her and see Justice Gonzales again.

Deborah Garrett, a candidate for the Superior Court in Whatcom County was also there.   I did not get to meet the other candidates running against her.  Ms. Garrett certainly impressed me.

Gary took pictures on Bellingham and at the forum.  Two  hours later the event was over.  The sun had already set.

It was a half moon.

Tomorrow I hope to blog about another tradition the Catholic Church and U.S. Courts have in common:  Secrets.

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