Vermont Bar Journal
Summer 2007 - #4.
The Pursuit of Immortality
THE VERMONT BAR JOURNAL SUMMER 2007
The Pursuit of Immortalityby Samuel Hoar, Jr., Esq.I did it again. Several months ago, I Virtually all of the words in the show made another pilgrimage to Rutland, were those of Darrow himself--like this time at the invitation of the Sterry any experienced trial lawyer, the man Waterman Inns of Court. They were hosting truly enjoyed talking about himself. The an evening of fellowship and celebration performance closed, however, with Darrow of professionalism, capped by a one-man (or his impersonator) stepping out of show on the life and work of Clarence character and quoting another, an obscure Darrow. The social aspect of the evening nineteenth-century English author named was invigorating. Lawyers old and young Albert Pine. Perhaps you've heard of him; I from all around the state were clearly enjoying each other, swapping the usual collection of war and personal stories. It was a privilege to witness and participate in yet another reaffirmation of the bonds that tie us all together as servants of the law and the many beneficiaries of the rule of law. (I would note that this experience was far from unusual; rather, as I suggested two columns ago, I have observed it to be the norm in my travels to local bar gatherings around the state over the past year.)
The highlight of the evening, though, was the Clarence Darrow performance. The show was a tour de force by a highlyskilled actor who had thoroughly immersed himself in the details of Darrow's life and professional accomplishments. I confess to having known too little of this beacon of our profession. I knew something of the Scopes "monkey trial" (which pitted Darrow and evolution against the Great Populist, William Jennings Bryan, and creationism) , less of his famous defense of Leopold and Loeb for their "sportkidnapping-and-murder" of a fourteenyear-old boy, and still less of his defense of Eugene Debs after the Pullman strike of 1894. I knew nothing of the great body of Darrow's life work--how he crossed the tracks to work against his former railroad employers in the Debs case and subsequently became a champion for labor and the rights of downtrodden individuals, how he became a staunch opponent of the death penalty and one of the country's leading...