Judge Davis RIP

David reports with sadness the death of Judge Edward B. Davis. Rump has additional thoughts here.

I echo what's been written.

I knew Judge Davis pretty well back when I was a lowly clerk kicking around the federal courthouse, and worked with him some in private practice as well.

He was everything that has been described, and more.

Although the word became a partisan weapon, I want to stress that the Judge had tremendous empathy -- towards clerks, lawyers, litigants, colleagues and pretty much everyone he met.

He made people feel comfortable, he related well to just about anyone, he was self-deprecating, modest, warm, funny as hail, filled with humility and good will. He understood how to talk to someone, he was just, fair, honest, smart as a whip and a straight shooter. His word was his bond.

He will be missed.


  1. Well-said, SFL.

  2. Words alone do not do justice in describing Judge Davis. I had the opportunity to work with him as his partner in private practice - a great lawyer and judge, true, and an even greater human being.

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