January 16, 2013

Daily Journal publishes interview with the Chief Justice’s principal attorney, Beth Jay, on the occasion of her retirement

As we noted here, Beth Jay, principal attorney to the Chief Justice, has announced her retirement. The Daily Journal [subscription required] recently published Emily Green’s interview with Jay regarding her 33 years of service on the Court. The interview covers an array of subjects, including Jay’s work with former Chief Justices Ron George and Malcolm Lucas, as well as her time at the Court under the late Chief Justice Rose Bird. Regarding the current Chief Justice, Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Jay said she has enjoyed working with her, partly because: “‘She has no pretensions. She is really open to discussion and to loud argument. . . . I think she is smart and tough where she needs to be and really open. She doesn’t get backed into a corner and she doesn’t get rigid about things.’”

Regarding her work for a string of three Republican Chief Justices, Jay, a Democrat, said it never created conflict or tension: “‘I always thought it was something to respect them for—that they would have a pushy New York broad from the Bronx in my role. Because I am not a yes woman.’” Green reports that Jay will return to the Court in the spring “in a part-time advisory role” for the Chief Justice.

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