Heh…short answer: yes.
Longer and hopefully more entertaining version:
My “first case” was actually a docket of 20+ assorted paternity/child support/contempt cases. I’d just started my first law job as a child support attorney for the state, the regular attorney for this particular county got sick, and I got tapped to go in his place.
Sure I’d done both Moot Court and Mock Trial in law school, but this was different. This was real. Damn right I was nervous. I was trying the cases cold. No chance to even flip through the files. Had a clerk handing me files and whispering in my ear what type of case each was. Struggled through the first few cases, but I seemed to be doing ok. I was asking the right questions, getting my evidence admitted, Judge was ruling as I expected. And then it happened.
Suddenly, the Judge looked right at me, barked “Mr. Oakminster, I need to see you in chambers. Right now.” And then left the bench without another word.
Oh Shit! What had I done? Obviously something horrible. This Judge was mad, and about to get me disbarred, thrown in jail, and/or flogged on the public square.
Having no other viable option, I somewhat meekly left the courtroom, and entered chambers…palms sweating, envisioning even more dire consequences about to befall me, ending my legal career before it was even really started…
The Judge gave me an icy stare for a minute as I entered…then smiled, put his feet up on his desk, and told me to relax. He just wanted a smoke, and enjoyed hazing new lawyers a little. He invited me to light up as well, and I did. We had our smokes and talked about fishing or something for a few minutes, then went back out and finished up the docket.