Grou­cho was wrong

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

Some le­gal heavy­weights ap­pear in the 30th an­niver­sary is­sue (May 19) of the Le­gal Times, which crowns the 90 great­est Wash­ing­ton lawyers of the past 30 years.

“Th­ese thirty lawyers have up­held their pro­fes­sion’s core val­ues of pub­lic duty and client ser­vice, build­ing pro bono prac­tices, act­ing as bar pres­i­dents, tak­ing on com­mu­nity causes, hold­ing pub­lic ser­vice po­si­tions, and fight­ing to ex­pand lib­er­ties and pro­tect civil rights,” the pub­li­ca­tion notes.

Inside the Belt­way reached one such wor­thy coun­sel, D.C. mal­prac­tice lawyer Jack Olen­der, for his re­ac­tion: “I have one ma­jor dis­agree­ment with my all-time fa­vorite quip-mas­ter, Grou­cho Marx. You’ll re­call he said, ‘I refuse to join any club that would have me as a mem­ber.’ ”

The lawyer stressed that he is “thrilled” to re­ceive the hon­ors “with my per­sonal he­roes like Bob Ben­nett, Jus­tice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Ken Mundy, Robert Strauss, Joe Rauh Jr., Judge Pa­tri­cia Wald and Ed­ward Ben­nett Wil­liams.”

Oh, and he also adds: “I’m par­tic­u­larly happy to be in the ‘Vi­sion­ar­ies’ cat­e­gory who are alive and kick­ing, ver­sus the ‘Pi­o­neers in Law’ with those who have passed on to the big court­room in the sky.”

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