As Sara Randazzo reports in The Wall Street Journal, he perceived it was inappropriate for the law firm to send to this Brooklyn courtroom a junior lawyer. The legal matter was Facebook's alleged facilitating the communications of terrorists.
But that judge's assessment of the situation runs counter to the push among a growing number of law firms to provide junior lawyers real courtroom experience. Traditionally, they are tethered to the office, doing research and writing.
Not all law firms are participating in that trend, of course. After all, clients may demand that partners be the front lines in court. Clients are not in the business of training young lawyers.
Also, insecure partners (more of them are being forced out currently) may see risk in allowing a junior member to present in the courtroom. That presenter may dazzle, becoming an immediate threat to the partner.
Given this divide, law students and associate laterals have to make it their business to find out if the law firms they are applying to allow junior lawyers to participate in actual courtroom procedures. If not and they want that kind of training, they won't be able to seek a job at more those more traditional law firms.