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Letter from Ronald Sokol to Daniel Meador, Monday, May 10, 1982

[Note: With the exception of letterhead verbiage, this letter is handwritten.]
-1- Ronald P. Sokol
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Lisbon, 10 May 1982
Dear Dan,

At last I have slunk away with
wife and one child for a much-needed
rest. I am presently in the 9th year
of my law practice, and I detect a
turning point.

The practice itself remains a fascinating
one, varied, unusual, and interesting problems–
sometimes insoluble. Doug Woodworth, a
Virginian and Law School graduate (1979)
has now been with me three years and
is beginning to be operational. We
complement each other nicely as he
is interested in tax work and estates
and trusts, areas which I have been

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forced to know something about, but
which I do not particularly enjoy.
I do the corporate work and business
counseling and the domestic relations work,
of which there is a significant amount.
As he does not care for these areas and
I enjoy them, this works out quite well.
He is strong in close-detailed analysis
within a fixed framework, and I
prefer using my imagination to define
the framework. I suppose the amorphous
aspect of private international law appeals
to me just as it did in constitutional law.

The sad part about practicing law
is seeing over and over again how
badly the administration of justice works
both in France and in the U.S.

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It is almost always costly and, unless the
parties settle, it usually involves
interminable delay. Last week we got an
unfavorable order in a California court
that amounted to a quite blatant denial
of justice–using justice in the sense
of a denial of legitimate expectations.
The present delay for an appeal in California
in civil cases is three years. I console
myself with the French phrase–“La
justice est humaine,” which I suppose
might be translated as “Justice is a man-
made product” with all that implies.

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