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Souter’s working retirement

If you are arguing before the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals, you may be surprised by who find sitting among the judges on the panel.

Justice David Souter may have retired from the U.S. Supreme Court, but he is not tired of the law. He travels from his New Hampshire home to the downtown Boston courthouse one of two days a month to hear appellate cases arising in the Northeast.

And he still takes judging very seriously, according to a report by the Associated Press. During recent oral arguments, Souter – using his trademark polite-but-to-the-point style – questioned New Hampshire attorney Sven Wiberg.

“May I ask you a question?” Souter began, sounding almost like his soon-to-be retired colleague. “I will tell you, you do not have to answer it as far as I’m concerned. Do you believe you have a good faith basis in law to make that argument?”

Souter is not the only former Supreme who is still working. Retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor also continues to hear cases on lower courts. She also travels the country advocating for causes like boosting civics education and ending judicial elections.

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