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". . . this article refreshes at each reading . . ."

Regarding "Humility in the practice of law" (March 27), I well remember my doubts and fears when I entered the bar, having been a law student of modest attainments and accustomed to feeling highly unexalted preparing for law practice. Nearly two decades since, I still struggle with such feelings in criminal defense practice, which seems to offer challenges more formidable and threatening each year.

But this article refreshes at each reading, and I keep a copy handy. As I train my thought in the inspired course it outlines and recognize the omnipotence of all that is real, the worst specters of defeat fail to appear in my or my clients' experience. The counsel of this article is good; and I am learning that, in prudent practice, it will bear the fruits of its kind—the real, nonpartisan justice longed for without my need to sacrifice excellence in ethical advocacy or to adopt the sorts of cold, purblind, and vengeful human will that seem to wax in our adversarial professional culture.

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