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Making Waves and Riding the Currents by Charles Halpern

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2BREAKING OUT

SHORTLY AFTER the Rouse case was decided, Paul Porter, one of the senior partners in the firm, stopped me in the hall. “Congratulations,” he said, draping a long arm over my shoulder. “I read about your victory in your effort to bring law and order to the dank back wards of Bedlam. I hope this means that you’ll be able to bill some hours next month.”

Porter’s remark brought to a head the dilemma I had been worrying about for some time. The Rouse case had given me a taste of running my own show, dealing with big issues that I really cared about. Now I was back in my old slot as a junior associate in a big firm whose business was representing large corporations. After the public policy challenges and emotional highs and lows of ...

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