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Tired of Turmoil

Mark Levison

The last time I left this country, I stopped in Istanbul on the way home. Istanbul has had its share of terrorist activity in the past several years, so when visiting it is advisable to keep an eye out. If ...

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The paths we choose to follow to the bar

Mark Levison

Lawyers sometimes need a little inspiration. Sometimes we forget what “called us” to the bar. For me, it was initially Perry Mason, and then it was the ‘60s: protests, riots and conflict over turning our backs on some of the ...

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Trials and judgments – here and abroad

Mark Levison

2017 found me scheduled for about a half dozen trials during the last half of the year, and one overseas trip in the middle of all of them. Some of the trials are short and judge-tried, while others are more ...

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All different sorts of trials

Mark Levison

At 9 on Friday evening the jury came in after four hours of deliberating on the three-week trial. The results for my client were less than stellar. There was a lot of money involved. There were large legal fees and ...

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The Art of Trial Prep (while Writing) on Deadline

Mark Levison

Trials can be fun for trial lawyers when they get there, however as Dan Fogelberg would say, “But the traveling was hell!” The last piece, the prep time before packing up for the courtroom isn’t so much fun. There’s a ...

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Making America litigious again

Mark Levison

With 2016 plainly visible in the rear-view mirror, the year’s two most dominant issues were clearly politics and technology. Both topics come with their own conundrums. The technology that made life so much easier in 2016, and seemed so “futuristic,” ...

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He Was Always Just Rick

Mark Levison

I was only a first-year law student, when two very good looking third-year female law students asked if I wanted to go with them to a Lawyers Guild meeting. I could not refuse, since as 3Ls they must have known ...

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Play chess, not poker with your opponents

Mark Levison

If lawyers ever intentionally tried to mentor me, I didn’t notice. That doesn’t mean I didn’t learn along the way from some of the older boys — there weren’t really any girls in those days. I recall the head of ...

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Litigators, Alligators and The Nightly News

Mark Levison

It’s just fun to be a lawyer. That’s not only today, it’s almost any day and any time. Of course, like any other profession, law has its peaks and valleys, its periods of rising income followed by less jubilant times, ...

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Different perspectives: Same old thing

In bed each night, I think about all of the things I am thankful for that happened during that day. It’s probably a habit I picked up from some 1970’s guru I meditated with in India during my post-college quest ...

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Commentary: Super memories of legal camaraderie

We have all, in our own way, learned to practice law. All of us in varying degrees have become indebted to those who we picked up along the way as mentors and friends.

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