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Author Archives: Mark Levison

Thankful for the rule of law

Levison, Mark

The Watergate break-in occurred during Nixon’s 1972 re-election campaign. Most people don’t remember the Watergate hearings. I do. I was working for a senator at the time, and I have particularly keen memories of the testimony of Richard Nixon’s arrogant ...

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Horror tales from the Bench and Beach

Levison, Mark

I recently attended a continuing legal education program put on by a retired judge. I always profit from listening to lawyers whose years of experience offer perspective on the profession. When a client of mine needed a temporary restraining order ...

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Jungle Law: Rules of Engagement

Levison, Mark

Africa, 1973: I witnessed the “trial” of an acquaintance known as “Australian Bob” in a Nairobi court. The proceeding amounted to his lawyer distributing piles of Kenyan shillings to the prosecutor and judge. Bob looked like he had been beaten ...

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Lawyers in the mist

Levison, Mark

It was 1973 — I wasn’t a lawyer. I was an adventurer, and I wanted to see the mountain gorillas. Although tourism in the Virunga mountains range was in its infancy, it was still possible to go to Uganda. Unfortunately, ...

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Acid reflux in life and law

Levison, Mark

My law firm has been in existence for more than 100 years. So has the bank building in which it is housed. The building lacks some of the modern looks that are associated with law practices of today. Many lawyers ...

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Judge: Consider This an Option

Levison, Mark

When last month when I put pen to paper — or I guess these days it should be characterized as voice-to-iPhone dictation app — I suggested the judiciary ought to be allocated a portion of the blame for our current ...

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