Book: Bar Nostalgia: Memories and Reflections of the Arlington Legal Community, from the 1950s to the Present
This a collection of columns from The Journal of the Arlington County Bar Association written by Ken McFarlane Smith. But you don’t have to be a lawyer to read them. This is a charmingly written collection of stories about the Arlington that the author knew in the “olden days.” He wrote about his closest friends and colleagues, men and women he admired, judges who he loved or feared, and scenes from Arlington’s legal past that will make you smile and enlighten you about how things were and some times how they got that way. The columns are grouped by themes
- Memorable Characters
- Memorable Cases, Clients, and Courtroom Scenes
- The Community
- The Bar at Ease
- Arlington Politics and Politicians
- The Profession
This book is intended to conjure up pleasant memories or to give you an idea of how different Arlington was “back then” and how it got to be the way it is today.
The author Ken MacFarlane Smith wrote these columns for The Journal of the Arlington County Bar Association. After graduating from Indiana Law School in 1950, he served in the legal office of the US Army’s Arlington Hall Station. He was admitted to the Virginia Bar in 1954 without ever taking a BAR Exam. Over the next half century, he worked in private practice and for the Commonwealth’s attorney. He may have held the record for the longest-sitting substitute judge, “filling in” at the bench for over 48 years. All along he harbored a deep love for the Arlington community and felt it repaid him in kind.
- Hardcover: 306 pgs.
- Publisher: Published in Association with the Arlington County Bar Foundation, 2007
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