I read last week about the death of former Chancellor Irvin Kilcrease, Jr. If I recall correctly, I tried my first real case in front of Chancellor Kilcrease back in the 1980’s. He was patient and unfailingly polite with me as I systematically forgot each of the Rules of Civil Procedure (remarkably, we still won). I noticed those same qualities in Chancellor Kilcrease every time I appeared in his court until the time he retired in 2003. I also remember thinking that he really took the time to understand the litigant’s arguments before ruling.
I really admired this gentleman and I don’t think we’re going to see a lot of judges like him in the future.