FBA-NOVA bids farewell to the Honorable James C. Cacheris
On the occasion of his retirement, the Federal Bar Association hosted a reception to honor United States District Judge James C. Cacheris and his 46 years of distinguished service on the bench. Judge Cacheris served on the Fairfax County Circuit Court from 1971 to 1981, and was nominated by President Ronald Reagan to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in 1981. He served as Chief Judge from 1991 to 1997, and assumed Senior Status in 1998.
Judge Cacheris was universally recognized for his excellent judicial temperament, his great intellect, his constant ability to apply common sense and reach practical solutions in challenging cases, and the respect and dignity with which he showed all whom he encountered, be they court staff, attorneys, litigants (including pro se litigants), or others.
Charles "Chip" Molster, a former Judge Cacheris law clerk and past-FBA-NOVA President, paid an eloquent tribute to the Judge. Mr. Molster then joined Ted Bennett and Andrew George, two former law clerks, in presenting Judge Cacheris with a signed Washington team football on behalf of all of his former clerks, many of whom were in attendance. Richard Banke presented the Judge with a frame signed by the Clerk's Office staff. Also paying tribute to Judge Cacheris were United States Attorney Dana Boente and First Assistant Federal Public Defender Whitney Minter, both of whom presented plaques to the Judge.
The FBA is forever indebted to Judge Cacheris for his many years of excellent service, and we all wish him the very best in his retirement – he will truly be missed at the Courthouse.