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tasked with driving everyone home.
As you have seen from my prior
column, I have fond memories of days
past. When it was time to leave the nest, I
also attended Muhlenberg College. I did
not have the distinguished career that my
father did, but I did have the chance to
participate in a sport at the collegiate level
and will always maintain to young people
that the opportunity to participate in a
sport at a small college will enhance your
educational experience.
Upon graduating from college, I then
attended Villanova University School
of Law. This, of course, is the reason for
my disdain for my father's attendance at
Georgetown. Villanova and Georgetown
were and remain bitter rivals on the
basketball court. I would have thought
that with the cash motive, given my
attendance at Villanova Law, and my
sister's attendance at Villanova University
for undergraduate studies, my father would
have released his allegiance to Georgetown.
He did not always vote with his wallet.
Surprisingly enough, I was able to
graduate from law school and pass the bar
exam. I had a great experience clerking
for the Honorable William A. King, Jr.

in the United States Bankruptcy Court
for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
for two years. That experience led to me
being asked to return to Reading and join
Bingaman Hess, which I did in 1983.
For more than ten years I had a chance
to work together with my father. At age
62, he retired on his birthday and, as I
like to say, tap danced out the door. It is
hard to believe how long ago that is and
to remember I have practiced far longer at
Bingaman Hess than he did.
The purpose of this column is not
to wax nostalgic but to remind all of us
lawyers to look around. There are many

examples of generous and knowledgeable
practicing lawyers, past and present, who
can and should serve as role models for
all of us. I have mentioned many in this
column, but I know there are many more.
I don't mean to slight anyone by not
mentioning them because there are so
many lawyers in Berks County who have
always been willing to help, guide, or assist
a less experienced lawyer.
This is a practice I hope I have followed
and one I encourage all of our members to
follow as well. There is always going to be
an uncertain new lawyer needing a friendly
pat on the back or word of advice. I believe
it is part of our obligation to the profession
to fill that need.
My father and many others served
as a lifelong example of the way things
should be done. I was lucky to have a father
in the profession, so I may have a better
perspective, but I have always thought
that experienced lawyers in Berks County
were more than willing to provide a word
of advice or give a new lawyer a break. All
of us "older" lawyers need to be mindful
of this tradition. You never know when a
word of kindness or encouragement will
help a fellow member of the profession.

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