Monday, July 28, 2008


Hey, buddy!

A few days ago at a coffee shop in Detroit, I ran into a guy who supervised some of the federal agents I used to work with. He lamented the fact that several high-profile cases have been lost at trial in Detroit's federal court of late, and said, "Yeah, they could use you back."

First of all, it's not true. They don't need me back if what they need are sure-fire trial winners, because I lost my share of cases at trial. Still, it was tempting. I would be lying if I said I didn't miss the courtroom, because I do. There is something about trying a case for the United States that is a wonderful experience-- in part because you can do so much good, and because it matters so much, and because there is nothing else like it. A good friend of mine (and, perhaps, yours) has been offered a position as an Assistant US Attorney, and I am trying not to push too hard for him to take it.

Of course, I'm sure that if I went back, I would miss teaching terribly...

Said person called this morning and accepted the job.
Your students would miss you dearly.
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