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In the year 2020

Mark Levison

Christmas 2019 fell on a Wednesday, in the middle of the week, making it a little difficult for law firm decision-makers to determine just when to close down for the holiday. When Christmas falls at the beginning or end of ...

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Thankful for the rule of law

Mark Levison

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

Mark Levison

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

Mark Levison

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

Mark Levison

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

Mark Levison

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

Mark Levison

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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