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Judge, Consider This a Warning

Mark Levison

No, I am not going to write about Roger Stone. Most of us saw the picture of the judge he posted on the internet with crosshairs above her head. Of course, we all know that anyone who is still a ...

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A Lawyer’s Return to Goa

Mark Levison

It was 1974. Neither my wife nor I were lawyers, yet. The trip to Bombay (now Mumbai) from Mombasa, Kenya, was on an Indian boat having no resemblance to a Royal Caribbean ocean liner (other than perhaps norovirus). We were ...

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Reflections at the Starting Gate of One More Year

Mark Levison

When I first started writing columns, I had little doubt I had valuable information to convey from the perspective of the insightful young lawyer. I still kind of feel that way, despite the rolling of the years, and the fact ...

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Peaceful Thanksgiving Meditations (Maybe)

Mark Levison

I love every week, but Thanksgiving week is my favorite. In the first place, it contains only three work days. And even those days are usually filled with anticipation of the holiday season, resulting in a more relaxed atmosphere than ...

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Legal lessons from abroad

Mark Levison

Lawyer Frederike Winslow was born in Buesum, a small seaside town in northern Germany. When Frederike, along with her American lawyer husband and their little girl Claire, visited her family in Buesum last summer, they boarded a tourist boat to ...

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Going, Going … Almost Gone

Mark Levison

Some lawyers think they get their best ideas when they’re drinking. I recall a night some months ago when law school friends Dick Slickster, plaintiffs’ lawyer extraordinaire, Cal Polo, the elite silk-stocking lawyer, and I were drinking Irish whiskey. I ...

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An egg sitter may be in your future

Mark Levison

My wife Cheryl’s birthday is coming up. She tends to buy what she wants, which is a good thing unless you’re trying to buy her something she wants. Because this is a difficult task, it is wise to “listen” for ...

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Winning the Big One: A case study in victory

Mark Levison

Sometimes we win. Sometimes we lose. For some lawyers, the losses may be so searing that the agony of defeat endures long after the sweet smell of success would have faded away. Others, like me, concentrate on the wins, relegating ...

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The perils and triumphs of getting old

Mark Levison

First Lady Melania Trump is interested in the well-being of children and is concentrating on discouraging cyber-bullying of teens. On the day she announced her formal platform, I was in front of my house trying to kick-start the 1978 Triumph ...

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Law in the days of too much media

Mark Levison

After 37 years, Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe was forced out of power. Mugabe, a dictator with a law degree from the University of London, had a lot more money when he quit the presidency than when he started. The intersection ...

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EXTRA! EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT!

Mark Levison

Because the law, life and life in the law are so interesting, there’s always something to write about. I started writing columns in law school when Jimmy Carter was president, and shortly after I became an attorney, a media-savvy candidate ...

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