Regular practitioners in any courthouse are well aware of the outsized importance of the Clerk’s office. This has been no less true for our own District Court – particularly during the 20 years when the legendary Jim Davey served as Clerk of the Court. Davey’s oral history gives appropriate weight to the nuts and bolts of his tenure – the innovations and efficiencies and reforms that helped modernize lawsuits and trials, particularly regarding judicial management of cases and jury selection. But Davey’s oral history –summarized by Bill Marmon, a Board member of the Historical Society – also highlights, from his perspective, the great trials of the era, and includes reflections and vignettes, occasionally irreverent, on the judges, staff and routines of the Courthouse.