Any reports from CAAF’s passing the gavel ceremony?  I was unable to attend.  I heard that the new Chief Judge spoke glowingly about blogs that cover the Court.

2 Responses to “Passing the Gavel Ceremony at CAAF”

  1. Ama Goste says:

    It was hysterical–CAAFlog was there. Oops, I forgot he’s on hiatus.

    In addition to the comment about MJ blogs (alas, no direct mention of NIMJblog/CAAFlog), CJ Baker also thanked Judge Cox for making it abundantly clear in his opening remarks that the Chief Judge position is strictly a seniority-based system with nothing to do with merit.

    All the current TJAGs (and the SJA to the USMC Commandant) were in attendance, as were former CAAF judges Cox, Gierke, and Crawford, CJs Sentelle and Lamberth, and even an ambassador. I saw a number of service court appellate judges and counsel, plus JAA leadership. It was a standing-room-only crowd.

    Baker and Effron both gave extensive thanks to all in attendance, the entire CAAF staff, and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. CJ Baker took great delight in gaveling the session to adjournment, but he lamented the lack of military precision in his and CJ Effron’s switching of chairs. Baker and Effron exchanged several apparently heartfelt hugs (and, no, I don’t mean to imply anything DADT-related with that observation–not that there’s anything wrong with that) during the ceremony. Baker’s description of the flag case the Court presented to Effron was classic Baker dry humor.

    Yummy food at the reception, including plenty of desserts.

  2. Ama Goste says:

    On a serious note, I saw several folks dab their eyes when CJ Baker revealed the flag given to CJ Effron had been flown over the Pentagon, Russell Senate Office Building, Capitol, and CAAF on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.