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Two new judges value greater access to courts for all

Original post made on Jun 18, 2012

When Allison Danner and Mary Greenwood are sworn in to the Santa Clara County Superior Court this week, they will bring extensive experience from opposite sides of the judicial system. ==B Related story:== [Web Link The judges, in brief]

Read the full story here Web Link posted Sunday, June 17, 2012, 9:21 AM

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Posted by Member
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Jun 18, 2012 at 10:47 am

The judicial system has been rigged for years. Last year, I needed to accomplish something regarding a living trust estate. When I started everyone indicated I could accomplish the task without hiring an attorney. When I started to examine the simple task the time consumption was terrilbe. In the end, I had to hire an attoreny who took one hour and billed me nearly $500. For the attorney the task was simple, for the lay person the task would have taken hours. When the two new judges are appointed, I'm sure the same system will be in place. Let's face it, the legal profession is going to help lawyers soak us for high priced simple work. In the end, the same expensive system will be in place for the consumers. We will have little choice but to pay the terrible fees of $200-500 an hour.


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Posted by Arch Conservative
a resident of Menlo Park
on Jun 18, 2012 at 11:28 am

Way too many lawyers and way too many judges.
Should follow Shakespeare's statements in Henry VI.
Life would become much simpler and easier.


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Posted by Buffaloed Bilious
a resident of another community
on Jun 18, 2012 at 3:39 pm

When laws are outlawed, only outlaws will have laws.


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Posted by Debbie Cauble
a resident of another community
on Jun 21, 2012 at 8:09 pm

This was a great article until the writer felt compelled to mention shopping. Seriously? Would you have mentioned that in an article about two qualified male appointees to the Superior Court? To be sure I am not overly sensitive I discussed this with the diverse group of women in my book club. All agreed after reading the article that the shopping reference was silly, sexist, and detracted from what otherwise was a good bit of reporting.

Congratulations to these two excellent additions to the Superior Court bench.


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Posted by Wo'O Ideafarm
a resident of Mountain View
on Nov 9, 2013 at 1:30 pm

There is truth in Debbie Cauble's objection, just as there is truth in the stereotype that she objects to mention of. But to the extent that the stereotype is valid, i.e. to the extent that women enjoy shopping more than men do, a light hearted reference to it fits naturally at the end of the article. If the new judges were men, and the author chose to end the article with a mention of some stereotypically male interest or pastime, that would not be sexist. Sexism would come in only if the remark was intended to suggest that only men, or alternatively only women, can be good judges. That is clearly not the intent or the effect in this article, which was written by a woman.


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Posted by Michele Dauber
a resident of Barron Park
on Nov 9, 2013 at 5:08 pm

Agree about the shopping comment. Regrettably, the Weekly often has difficulty with women who step outside of traditional gender roles. It's disappointing. Congratulations to Judges Danner and Greenwood.


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