THE PROFESSOR, THE JUDGE, THE LAWYER, AND THE SENATOR
Life rarely works out as planned, for reasons that are varied and often unpredictable. A lost opportunity for professional advancement turns out to be a blessing in disguise. Illness, personal relationships, family squabbles, financial considerations, changing priorities—all lead us to the road not taken.
I never anticipated a legal career spent attempting to mend the damage wrought by public tragedies. If terrorists had not struck the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, if a deranged gunman had not fired at random at Virginia Tech, if an oil rig had not exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, if the nation had not been forced to confront the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, I would have spent my career mediating and negotiating disputes without public scrutiny. Content with my law practice, hopefully achieving the respect and admiration of my colleagues, family, and friends, I would have sought financial success while achieving some