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FJI Author Series: “Bench Notes III”

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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A Judge’s Reflections for His Grandchildren on His Enduring Cases

A Reading Discussion with the Author,
Judge Paul A. Chernoff

Like most judges, Judge Paul Chernoff spent a professional lifetime as a lawyer, writing for judges, and as a judge, writing for lawyers. It was after his grandparents passed that he first felt obliged to share his experiences and himself in writing for others. So, forty years ago when he was chairman of the Parole Board, he started keeping notes of what might interest others in the years to come. As he approached his first retirement from the bench, he had collected about two hundred vignettes and he had grandchildren as a prospective readership. Seven years, three books, and 250 vignettes later he is still writing and he strongly advocates that every judge is obliged to memorialize something for those that follow. Judge Chernoff is an active member of a “blue collar” writing group in Rutland, Vermont and is filling a loose leaf notebook with “Occasional Essays” which he says are improved writings that are not likely for publication. Come hear Judge Chernoff make the case for judicial extra-curricular writing by discussing his writings and experiences.

About the Author: Hon. Paul A. Chernoff

Hon. Paul A. Chernoff served as an Associate Justice on the Massachusetts Superior Court for 28 years, presiding over countless civil and criminal jury and jury-waived trials. Before serving on the Superior Court, he served eight years as a Justice of the Newton District Court and three years as Chairman of the MA State Parole Board.

Bench Notes III: A Judge’s Reflections for His Grandchildren on His Enduring Cases, as well as Judge Chernoff’s other books, may be purchased from the Harvard Books store. Click here for more information (link will take you to the Harvard Book Store website).


Wednesday, December 7, 2016
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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