Baltimore City Chief Judge Joseph H.H. Kaplan officially retires tomorrow after a long distinguished career on the bench. Judge Clifton J. Gordy, who will also retire himself in November, will replace him as Chief Judge. 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 weeklong 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. They always treated the lawyers and parties that came before them with respect. I will miss them.