(The Daily Record/Lizzy McLellan)

New judges are like puppies…

One of my favorite parts of the MSBA’s annual meeting is the new judges’ reception, and Judge Julia Weatherly finally explained why:

Like being hard-wired to smile at babies, lawyers are hard-wired to smile at new judges. They’re like puppies and kittens — so cute! And they haven’t had a chance to irritate you yet.

While the MC of the reception is usually the chief judge, Weatherly took on the role this year because otherwise,  Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera, who got the top spot this summer, would have had to greet herself — along with the dozens of others from this year’s bumper crop enjoying the meeting in Ocean City.

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