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WHERE WERE ALL THE WOMEN LAWYERS? To the editor: I read with interest a recent Legal Times article profiling five D.C. managing partners [" The Clock Never Stops — and Neither Do They," May 28, Page 20]. Unfortunately, the list was restricted to lawyers who, though admittedly very accomplished, were all white men. As a longtime practitioner in D.C., a partner at Jenner & Block, and now the president of the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia, I know many equally accomplished women lawyers and lawyers of color, who reflect the increasingly diverse face of our profession. In fact, the WBA has brought together a group of very dynamic women, all of whom are managing partners in D.C. law firms, to trade ideas and address issues affecting women in the profession. If you need help in identifying accomplished women lawyers, we in the WBA can help you. Many other voluntary bar associations organized to promote the interests of lawyers of color could help as well. The message sent in this article — that to rise to the top in a D.C. law firm, you need to be white and male — must change. The WBA and other bar associations are working to make our profession a welcoming place to lawyers of all backgrounds. Please help us in achieving that goal. Lorelie S. Masters Jenner & Block Washington, D.C.
TURNING PAGES FOR RACHMANINOFF To the editor: I enjoyed reading Peter Gutmann’s very scholarly and informative article on Rachmaninoff [" Just Another Piano Player?" June 25, Page 42]. It brought to mind a story that my late father, Judge Marshall A. Levin of Baltimore, told me about his encounter with the famous pianist-composer in the ’30s. Sergei Rachmaninoff was to play a recital at Baltimore’s Lyric Theater, and my dad, an avid music fan and amateur jazz pianist, went to the hall to buy tickets or maybe to hear him practice. Somehow it turned out that Rachmaninoff needed someone to turn the pages for him at the concert (I don’t remember on what piece), and he asked my father, who was around 16 years old. My father said that he didn’t read music well enough. But the great man said he would nod whenever it was time to turn a page, so my dad agreed. Afterward, Rachmaninoff said, “Tanks” (pronounced like that). And, of course, my father never forgot the experience. Given Rachmaninoff’s virtuosity as recounted in Gutmann’s article, it seems a bit strange that he would need a page turner, but (though I wasn’t yet born) this is a true story. Robert B. Levin Shapiro Sher Guinot & Sandler Baltimore

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