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News Posted on July 26, 2010

Judge Judy Holzer Hersher '84 Publishes Essay in Sacramento Lawyer

The Honorable Judy Holzer Hersher '84 has published an essay, "‘With All Due Respect'... Not Really," in the July/August issue of Sacramento Lawyer.  Hersher, a Sacramento County Superior Court judge, writes that the phrase "with all due respect" has commonly come to be used "to provide cover for a statement that expresses disdain" and that attorneys and judges should refrain from using it in court.

"If trial attorneys want to be heard on the merits of their arguments, they should punctuate their arguments with incisive but respectful straightforward legal and factual analysis," Judge Hersher writes.  "This will focus the attention of the trial judge on the issues rather than a false gesture of respect."

Judge Hersher is a member of the King Hall Alumni on the Bench Association and the Alumni Association Board of Directors.  She left a partnership at Downey, Brand, Seymour, & Rohwer to be sworn in as a Sacramento Superior Court Judge in February 2001.  She has been an active member of Women Lawyers of Sacramento, and has been honored with the Sacramento County Bar Association Humanitarian of the Year award.