In This Issue

Pro Bono

Magnificent Reasons for Keeping Involved

I just celebrated my 80th birthday. A few months ago I completed 50 years with my law firm. For over 15 years I have chaired, in our firm’s largest conference room, a monthly discussion group titled the Public Affairs Roundtable. Discussion leaders at our round- table sessions have included many prominent individuals, including judges, government officials, journalists, a Nobel laureate, three Pulitzer Prize winners, and a Peabody Award winner.


From The Top: Senior Lawyers Need to Be Internet Savvy

In the last issue of Experience I said that the success of our efforts to move from hard copy and snail mail to the Inter- net and email will depend on your willingness to participate. But why should you? If you’re looking for companionship, you may find the reason in Dr. Bob Gordon’s article on divorce in this issue of Voice of Experience, in which he notes that the popular dating site,, boasts 2.5 million senior listings. But what about the rest of us who aren’t looking for a date?

Professional Development

Professionalism and Service Are Never Out of Date

It is an honor for me to join you on this special day of celebration in honor of the Chase College of Law Class of 2011 and to congratulate our graduates on achieving the highest levels of academic and professional success. And it is my distinct pleasure to wish all the mothers here a very happy Mother’s Day. Without you, our graduates would not even be here to accept the Juris Doctor degrees they are receiving today. As mothers, you should be justifiably proud of the success we celebrate today. You are an essential part of this joyful celebration. Let’s give all the mothers here today a big round of applause!


A Chance to Travel: Doesn’t everyone Want to go to Albania?

I have to admit that I may be a bit strange. Our kids say they think Mary Ann and I are just plain crazy, but surely they are just exaggerating. My slight quirkiness may have exhibited itself on a recent cruise in the eastern Mediterranean. Was I hyped about stopping in Rhodes, Milos, Santorini, Corfu, or Dubrovnik? Of course not. I was excited about a stop in Saranda, Albania! Anybody can go to Santorini. Now just how often in your lifetime do you have a chance to visit Albania? This little country emerged from the dark ages of a very repressive form of Communism only eight years ago. Very few U.S. citizens have ever been there, so how could you not have this right at the top of your travel list?

Civic Education

Committee News: Lawyers: Keepers of Justice and Liberty

When I first learned that I would receive the Pickering Award, I had many emotions. Surprise is too mild a term; shock still is not strong enough. As I reflected, I thought that what this award is really about is John Pickering. Many of us in this room knew John Pickering. Although he has left us, his influence remains a palpable force. He is a giant of our profession, a giant of the American Bar Association.

Federal Government

Washington Scene: Dysfunction Has exceptions

Washington remains as dysfunctional as ever, with no agreement in sight over how to reduce, let alone eliminate, annual budget deficits. Failure to reduce the deficits will require raising the ceiling on the national debt. Indeed, with annual budget deficits exceeding $1 trillion a year, even the most ambitious proposals on the table— calling for spending cuts and tax increases aggregating in the range of $3–$4 trillion over 10 years—will not avoid the donnybrook the Congress and the Obama administration will be facing when the current $16+ trillion debt ceiling is reached. However, rather than dwelling on the steady stream of bad news from Washington, D.C., this column will instead report on a recent success story for which the Congress and the Obama administration can be proud.


An Interview with the Other Holmes

As I placed my final brushstrokes on a memorandum opinion striking the affidavit of an expert witness, a Professor Moriarty, the phone rang. The chief judge’s office wanted me to meet with a visitor from London. I was told the man’s dress was a bit peculiar for late June—a russet brown and green plaid cape lined in red silk with slits at each side for arms and a matching wool hat, featuring a visor at the front and back and earflaps.