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From Washington Lawyer, January 2011


Stein Spins Ingenious Scenario

Jacob A. Stein’s column titled “Circumstantial Evidence and Artie Schopenhauer,” which appeared in the November 2010 issue of Washington Lawyer, was a wonderfully imaginative surprise.

As usual, when the new issue arrived, I immediately turned to the “Legal Spectator” column to examine what the redoubtable Mr. Stein was up to of late. Of course, I was rewarded with the tragi-comic story of attorney Martin Strong, whose sudden and unexpected departure mistakenly was deemed a suicide, thanks to the cunning clues scattered, not by Attorney Strong, but by the mischievous Attorney Stein—a real delight of a story.

—Thomas R. Behan
New Canaan, Connecticut

A Truly Valuable Set of Lessons
Kudos! to Andrea Lee Negroni, of counsel at BuckleySandler LLP, for writing “What They Didn’t Teach You in Law School,” and to Washington Lawyer for publishing it in its December 2010 issue. 

I wholeheartedly applaud her detailed breakdown of my own (shorter) maxim. My career maxim simply is this: with bosses, clients, colleagues, and even juries, there are two ways to lose: (1) be outsmarted, and (2) be out-niced.

We all know what law schools focus on. Now, it is up to each of us to protect the other flank.

—John Feist
Falls Church, Virginia

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