The Moore American

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November 13, 2013

Judge Thad Balkman settling into new job



“It’s a big demand on my time. I’m very fortunate in having a wife and children who support me in doing that. It’s amazing that I can still give a good honest day to my employer and still have time for my church work and somehow I’m able to do it all. I’ve had to make sacrifices, I really don’t follow a lot of sports. But I’ve been fortunate in my position in church where I’ve given counsel to a lot of people, families and couples and teenagers, and I think that’s prepared me for being a judge. I think it’s also helped me be compassionate as well, to realize people do make mistakes and we need to be able to help them where we can,” Balkman said.

What Balkman says he really wants is for people to feel comfortable in his courtroom.

“I want people to feel comfortable that when they come before me, I’m going to listen to them. And that I don’t walk in to any case having already made up my mind. One of the skills I’ve been working on is being a better listener. I’ve found a lot of times you can do a lot more good with less talking,” Balkman said.

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