The Hon. John C. Ninfo II will retire as bankruptcy judge in Rochester in forty five days, but there is still no news about any replacement. Several knowledgeable sources have reported to me that they have heard nothing. Judge Michael Kaplan of Buffalo is scheduled to preside in Rochester once or twice a week at motions, Chapter 13 plan confirmation hearings, and pre-trial calendars. One source has tild me that Judge Kaplan does not anticipate conducting trials in Rochester; if the vacancy remains open for an extended period of time that assumption may have to be altered. Or maybe trials would be conducted in Buffalo - that would motivate settlements!