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Twenty-five years ago, I left my job at a Wall Street law firm to work for The American Lawyer. At the time I was making what seemed like a lot of money as a fourth-year associate at Winthrop, Stimson, Putnam & Roberts. When I heard the salary being offered by The American Lawyer , my eyes widened in disbelief. Still, I took the job, and moved from the Upper West Side of Manhattan into a rent-controlled third-floor walk-up sublet on the edge of Brooklyn Heights, for which I paid about $350 a month.

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