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Portland Press Herald covers memorial for Judge Coffin '40

The Portland Press Herald shares stories from the May 8 memorial service for Frank Coffin ’40. Reporter Edward Murphy writes that the legendary federal judge was “a serious, respected judge when he stepped into a courtroom, but a warm and funny mentor in his chambers.” Former law clerk David M. Cohen, now a retired U.S. magistrate judge, remembers a lawyer walking into Coffin’s chambers, unannounced, to rip one of Coffin’s recent opinions. After listening a bit, Coffin walked over to a book of prior rulings and said, “If you thought that one was bad, you ought to read this one!” Coffin died in December at age 90. View story from the Press Herald, May 9, 2010.



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