As Jeff Goldberg wrote in The Atlantic this week, Judge Kimba Wood granted a lawyer's unusual request in a manner that was charming and progressive. She was persuaded by a letter from a lawyer litigating a trial in her courtroom that was very unique and tongue-in-cheek, heart-on-sleeve. Bennett Epstein's daughter is expecting her first child on December 3--in the middle of trial. Mr. Epstein wrote the judge requesting that the court adjourn a trial for one day in the event that his daughter gives birth to a son, which would compel under Jewish law, a bris during daylight on the 8th day after birth. Bris, is defined in Mr. Epstein's 6th footnote, "Hebrew for 'convenant,' for 'the Convenant of Abraham,' i.e., ritual circumcision, joyous to everyone, apparently, except the baby."
To her credit, Judge Wood granted permission for Mr. Epstein to attend the bris, with the caveat that "[i]f a daughter is born, there will be a public celebration in Court, with readings celebrating girls and women."
You may read Mr. Epstein's unusual request and Judge Wood's hand-written Order here. Goldberg, Jeffrey. Judge Kimba Wood, Standing up for Women. The Atlantic, (November 19, 2010)