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We get the calls regularly: How can my partner get chosen as a lifetime achiever? The answer is straightforward. We choose lawyers who have had great private practices and who have also made important contributions to public life. We didn’t say this was easy, just important. To narrow the field, we looked for lawyers who were still living but were near the end of their careers or had retired from their firms or principal jobs. And, as we did last year, we looked to the public sector to find examples of those who not only felt an irresistible calling but performed at the highest levels. Here we present this extraordinary group, most of whom, health permitting, continue to contribute to the private bar and the public good. These are lawyers who gave meaning to the profession’s values, lawyers whose careers are a challenge to those who follow.

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