I wanted to note the passing of Judge Cardamone, who was on the Second Circuit when I was a law clerk. This NYT obituary gives an account of his life and career, and includes this quote from him about judging:
“How one wishes to decide a case comes lightly to mind, on a wing. But often, how one must decide it comes arduously, weighed down by somber thought.”
I fondly recall having lunch with him, my judge, and my co-clerks, and we praised a recent dissent that he’d written. Judge Cardamone replied ruefully that “a dissent just means that you failed to persuade your colleagues,” which is a wonderful way of describing collegiality.
Finally, I’ll note that he had ten children! That’s an achievement onto itself.