Baltimore City Chief Judge Joseph H.H. Kaplan officially retires tomorrow after a long distinguished career on the bench. He is replaced as Chief Judge by Judge Clifton J. Gordy, who will be retiring himself in November. I have been in front of Judge Gordy and Judge Kaplan in the last year (regrettably losing motions before both judges). I also had a week long trial in front of Judge Gordy a few years ago. Judge Gordy and Judge Kaplan are both highly respected by plaintiffs’ and defense lawyers in Baltimore. Moreover, they always treated the lawyers and parties that came before them with respect. They will be misssed.