The Law: Fortas Pays His Respects

WHEN he resigned from the Supreme Court in 1969 to avoid conflicts of interest, Abe Fortas withdrew from public life to spend long hours listening to classical music and to write a book on civil liberties. Last year he quietly resumed the practice of law, specializing in corporate and regulatory matters. In contrast to the Old World elegance of his precourt days at Arnold & Porter (where the firm's partners vetoed his return), Fortas' new Georgetown office sports Danish modern furniture. The man belies the decor: at 60 he seems sadder, his eyes...

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