Friday, May 26, 2017

Changes of command

On Wednesday morning, there was a double-header at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. First, long-time Clerk of Court William A. ("Bill") DeCicco retired (and was succeeded by Joseph R. Perlak). Then there was a gavel-passing ceremony marking the transition from retiring Chief Judge Charles E. ("Chip") Erdmann to incoming Chief Judge Scott W. Stucky. Three former Chief Judges* -- Walter T. Cox III, Susan J. Crawford and Andrew S. Effron -- and former Clerk of the Supreme Court of the United States Major General William K. Suter were among the guests who filled the courtroom.

Congratulations to all concerned -- including family. On to the next chapter. For those who are retiring that means golf and Montana, respectively; for those who are staying on it means another batch of cases. Chacun à son goût.

* Editor's query: what is the collective term for a group of chief judges? "A gavel of chiefs"? "A case of chiefs"?

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