On November 7, 2017, the Chapter hosted “Behind the Bench” at the Ronald Reagan Courthouse in Santa Ana. U.S. District Judges James V. Selna and David O. Carter, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Catherine E. Bauer, and U.S. Magistrate Judge Douglas F. McCormick, of the U.S. District Court, Central District of California, welcomed approximately sixty members of the legal community of Orange County into their court rooms and their chambers to learn about what it’s like to be a judge and to get a glimpse behind the scenes at the courthouse. The evening began with hors d’oeuvres from Crave, and then attendees broke into small groups and met with each judge for 20 minutes. The judges invited at- tendees into their chambers, answered questions, gave advice on effective advocacy (keep it clear and simple), and discussed their careers paths. They also told sto- ries about some of the more unusual souvenirs kept in their chambers and shared some memorable cases. FBA/OC would like to thank Judge Selna, Judge Carter, Judge Bauer, and Judge McCormick for their participation in this event. *Andrew Gray is a partner at Latham & Watkins, LLP. Rachel Bosley is an associate at Latham & Watkins, LLP. Page 10 FBA/OC Behind the Bench: An Inside Look at our Federal Judges and their Courthouse