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YOUR VOICE

Letter From the Editor

COMMUNITY * CAREER * PROFESSION * PRACTICE MANAGEMENT * SERVICE

Dear Readers:

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elcome to the September issue of Washington Lawyer. We hope you
had a relaxing summer and feel renewed and recharged to take on the
fall activities and hectic schedules that September often signifies.

At Washington Lawyer, we spent our summer checking in with you. In July we
launched an online readership survey to find out which sections you find most
engaging and what stories you would like to see more of on these pages. Many
of you had a lot to say about the overall look and feel of the magazine, and, in
response, we have started to implement some changes to make this publication more relevant to you.
This issue features the launch of an American Bar Association column, which will
run several times a year, bringing you another perspective on issues impacting
the legal community in Washington, D.C., and beyond.
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My First Encounter With

Jake Stein

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ake Stein was my grandfather's cousin, making him my cousin twice
removed. When I decided to go into the law while in college, my father
repeatedly suggested I reach out to Jake for advice, or possibly assistance
with getting into one of the prestigious law schools he was associated with in
Washington, D.C. Whether it was out of stubbornness or humbleness, I did not,
as I did not want to appear to Jake, whom I only knew through news articles, as
simply trying to ride his coattails.
After being admitted into law school at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh,
I decided to reach out to Jake of my own accord. I sent him an email with my
résumé, introducing myself and explaining that I was looking for work as a
summer law clerk. Had I known him better at the time, I would have opted to
send a written letter with a pun of some sort. Fortunately, Jake was gracious
enough to invite me to his office on Connecticut and K. I was prepared to
discuss the potential of clerking for his firm and my interest in going into white
collar criminal defense. To my surprise and, at the time, to my chagrin, he did
not once mention anything about clerking at the firm, but told me in-depth
stories about his former cases, his journey to becoming a lawyer, and one piece
of advice: "I suggest you write a book."
At the conclusion of our meeting, I was both happy that I had finally met this
gentleman and a bit perplexed about why I bothered making the trip. A few
weeks later he contacted me and suggested I come to his office a second time.
At this meeting, I met with Jake and a gentleman who was winding up his years

of work editing Jake's publications, the Trial Handbook for District of Columbia
Lawyers and the Trial Handbook for Maryland Lawyers. Jake offered me the
opportunity to edit the pocket parts for both publications, which I did, along
with Closing Arguments and The Law of Law Firms, throughout my remaining
years in law school and for some time thereafter.
Over the years I was fortunate enough to get to know Jake as a colleague but,
unfortunately, never as a family member. He seldom discussed his family or his
relationship with my grandfather, which I knew was somewhat conflicted over
issues that I did not care to know. I was content with knowing Jake lawyer to
lawyer, and I am not only a better lawyer but a better person for it. His wisdom,
stories of his jury trials, quotes from various authors and poets of the past, and
eccentric mannerisms were the things I looked forward to when traveling to
meet with him, and the things that stick with me to this day.
In the decade I knew him, I only scratched the surface of a truly great lawyer
and an even better man. I only wish I could have attended the celebration
of life held in his honor to listen to the stories of many others who knew and
admired him.
Benjamin J. Steinberg
Warrendale, Pennsylvania
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Washington Lawyer - September 2019

Digital Extras
Your Voice
From Our President
Practice Management
Calendar of Events
Tomorrow’s Lawyers: Jd + Practice Ready
The Justice Gap & The Rise Of Nonlawyer Legal Providers
D.C. Bar Cle: Keeping Up With The Law
Aba Delegate’s Corner
Member Spotlight
Global & Domestic Outlook
Worth Reading
Media Bytes
Attorney Briefs
Ask The Ethics Experts
Disciplinary Summaries
2019 Celebration Of Leadership & Presidents Reception
Community & Connections
Last Word
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Washington Lawyer - September 2019 - Digital Extras
Washington Lawyer - September 2019 - Your Voice
Washington Lawyer - September 2019 - From Our President
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Washington Lawyer - September 2019 - Practice Management
Washington Lawyer - September 2019 - 9
Washington Lawyer - September 2019 - Calendar of Events
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Washington Lawyer - September 2019 - Tomorrow’s Lawyers: Jd + Practice Ready
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Washington Lawyer - September 2019 - D.C. Bar Cle: Keeping Up With The Law
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Washington Lawyer - September 2019 - Aba Delegate’s Corner
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Washington Lawyer - September 2019 - Member Spotlight
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Washington Lawyer - September 2019 - Global & Domestic Outlook
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Washington Lawyer - September 2019 - Worth Reading
Washington Lawyer - September 2019 - 37
Washington Lawyer - September 2019 - Media Bytes
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Washington Lawyer - September 2019 - Attorney Briefs
Washington Lawyer - September 2019 - Ask The Ethics Experts
Washington Lawyer - September 2019 - Disciplinary Summaries
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Washington Lawyer - September 2019 - 2019 Celebration Of Leadership & Presidents Reception
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Washington Lawyer - September 2019 - Community & Connections
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Washington Lawyer - September 2019 - Last Word
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