A year ago, knowing he was dying, Arthur Liman told me he wanted to write about his life as a lawyer. He had a notion that he could inspire young lawyers to regard our profession as he did--a way to serve the public interest. Arthur was worried that publishers wanted something else--gossip, indiscretions, boasts. He knew so many important people, had handled so many famous cases, that such a book could have been a best seller. But he was steadfast. "I won't do a book like that," he would say. He was too loyal to his clients to tell tales, too...

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