Friday, July 18, 2014

Justice Huffman profiled

Richard D. Huffman, Associate Justice
"Inside the hardworking, intelligent mind, there is a heart of gold" -- Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye

Wednesday's DJ profiled 4/1's Justice Richard Huffman, who is "very sharp," "knows the record inside and out," and is "hardworking, highly intelligent and takes on a variety of projects with aplomb," including his role as chair of the Judicial Council's financial accountability and efficiency committee. He's a recipient of the Judicial Council's Ronald M. George Award for Judicial Excellence.
He recounts that a friend talked him into going to law school, so he enrolled in night classes at USC.  He then took a job with the AG's office because: "The going rate at the time for a lawyer on Wilshire Boulevard was $600 a month, and the attorney general's office offered me $750." He assisted with the prosecution of "famed crime boss Jimmy 'The Weasel' Fratianno."
An SDCBA "Legends of the Bar" video interview with him is here.

The article also quotes one SD County Deputy DA  describing him as "humorous" and "flinty" -- which sounds more like a fine Chablis.

[8/1 update: If you want to see Justice Huffman, one opportunity will be at the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel's San Diego Litigation Conference, Sept. 19-20, where he will be a panelist discussing the "Status of the San Diego Courts."]

From How Appealing today: Among the documents released today by the William J. Clinton Presidential Library & Museum: PDF files described as "Supreme Court Nominations (Ginsburg/Breyer)" and "Judge Sonia Sotomayor."