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MARNA TUCKER Tucker, a senior partner at Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell, was the first woman president of the D.C. Bar in 1984-85 and the first woman president of the National Conference of Bar Presidents. I was not prepared for what a big deal it would be to be a woman president. And it wasn’t only a big deal to women lawyers, but women in other parts of the legal community. . . . The Legal Secretaries Association was very excited and asked me to speak. I had requests for TV interviews. . . . I didn’t feel any resentment, but I did feel a generational difference. I remember sitting next to a much older man at a bar function � I was 42 at the time, so he was probably in his 60s � and he looked at me and asked who I worked for. So I said which firm. And then he said, “Which lawyer do you work for?” And I said, “I am the lawyer.” And he said, “Oh.” And then I said, “I’m president of the bar.” And he said, “The women’s bar?” And I said, “No, the bar that you’re a member of.” PLATO CACHERIS Cacheris, a partner in the D.C. office of Baker & McKenzie, has represented many more-or-less infamous clients, including Iran-Contra figure Fawn Hall, spies Aldrich Ames and Robert Hanssen, and Monica Lewinsky. He is thus a keen observer of the media as it covers high-profile cases. The most amount of court coverage was in ’74, when I was assisting Bill Hundley in defense of [former Attorney General] John Mitchell. Because of the heavy publicity of Watergate, the judge recognized the need to isolate lawyers from the press. . . . The judge gave us a room to have lunch, and someone was sent out to get us something, so we wouldn’t have to go out. Contrast this to the Lewinsky trial: When she had to go before the grand jury, press was around the whole courthouse, and the number of press was even more extensive than Watergate. The press called it Monica Beach. There was certainly no lunchroom provided. RICHARD ROBERTS Judge Roberts has served on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia since 1998. Back in 1990, he was the assistant U.S. attorney prosecuting once and future D.C. Mayor Marion Barry Jr., who was defended by R. Kenneth Mundy. The jury deadlocked on 14 counts and convicted on one count, for which Barry served six months. Mundy died of a heart attack at age 63 in 1995. Ken Mundy was one of the most skilled litigators I ever went up against. He was tenacious and always prepared inside and out. He was also very well-read inside and out. We fought like dogs in the courtroom and shook hands outside � that was the kind of advocate he was. . . . When you’re up against the best, the best comes out in you. I’d never experienced that level of hard work. . . . I recall how some time after the trial, there was some appellate issue in connection with the case, and we both went up to hear portions of the appeal and didn’t know the other would be there. We ended up standing in some anteroom, and when we saw each other, we embraced like old brothers. JUDITH HARRIS Harris is the D.C. market managing partner at Reed Smith. She recalls a summary judgment motion in a large antitrust case on which she worked as an associate in the mid-1970s. I spent months on this and really poured myself into it, working day and night. The brief was over 350 pages. . . . [Our client's] general counsel flew in to read the brief � obviously we didn’t e-mail or overnight or fax in those days; the only way of communicating was through U.S. mail � so he decided it would make more sense to fly in. He sat there all day and read it, and since I had put my life into this thing, I was nervously waiting outside. So he calls us in and we go into this conference room, and I held my breath. After a long silence, he said, “I love it. But the only thing is that the conclusion would make a better intro, and the intro a better conclusion.” Well, today that would have involved hitting a few keys, and the change would have been made in seconds. But then it meant I had to get a crew of secretaries retyping every word, and I had to figure out where page breaks might come. . . . In some ways, technology has totally revolutionized the practice of law, but technology has also made things tougher. In those days, I would write out a brief on a legal pad and hand it to a secretary or mail something off, and then you’d have a little break to gather your thoughts, or maybe just go for ice cream or to a museum. KAREN HASTIE WILLIAMS Williams is a partner at Crowell & Moring, practicing in the areas of public contract law, legislation, and strategic diversity counseling. She clerked for D.C. Circuit Judge Spottswood Robinson III and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. When I got out of law school in ’73, there still were very few African-American associates in the Washington law firms. I can think of four. One was my husband, Wesley Williams, at Covington & Burling. The others were Alphonso Christian and Vincent Cohen Sr., who were both at Hogan & Hartson, and Robert Watkins at Williams & Connolly. They were sort of the senior attorneys, if not the only � maybe there were one or two at other smaller firms. . . . [But] I think there was a growing awareness in firms that there were African-American students that had the training and legal expertise to join the firms. . . . I think there was a more positive recruiting environment for African-Americans at that juncture. CHARLES TIEFER Tiefer, professor of law at the University of Baltimore and counsel at Preston Gates Ellis & Rouvelas Meeds, served as special deputy chief counsel to the House Iran-Contra Committee in 1987. In terms of legal practice, Oliver North’s lawyer, Brendan Sullivan, set a famous standard with his pronouncement that he was “not a potted plant.” More soberly, the Iran-Contra hearings demonstrated that the rule of law could receive vindication in forums other than courtrooms when the legal issues involved relations between the president and Congress. . . . On the specific days that North testified, his defense counsel and he put on such a show that, in the short term, justice and the public interest did not come out the clear winners. But over the many weeks of hearings, those of us in the room felt the forum worked to successfully bring distant and covert matters under searching public inspection that made senators and congressmen � and behind them, the television public � able to understand how a “junta” of military officers had run the greatest foreign affairs scandal in American history. . . . Even [senior members of Congress] had never imagined such wild matters that came out before them. STUART NEWBERGER Newberger, a partner in the D.C. office of Crowell & Moring, clerked for U.S. District Judge Harold Greene in 1979, as the judge was just beginning his long oversight of the AT&T antitrust case. Greene previously served as chief judge of the D.C. Superior Court during a period of major court reform, and he was considered the key drafter of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Greene died in 2000 at age 76. Judge Greene was a brilliant, intense workaholic. He led the beginning of the telecom revolution, but he was also one of the fathers of civil rights and one of the founders of the D.C. Superior Court. My biggest problem after starting my career working for Judge Greene was that I assumed all judges were like him. Some are. . . . He was always thoroughly prepared, usually the smartest person in the room, and the most demanding. He always had a sense of humor, sometimes with a whip tied to the end of it. . . . I don’t think AT&T was one of his proudest achievements. The first would be his contribution to the civil rights movement because of the people that it affected. A close second is the overseeing of a modern court system in our nation’s capital. � Reported by intern Dionne McNeff

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