I didn't know when I received your invitation what subject would be most interesting to talk about. I have come to the conclusion that I will talk to you about my experiences in the trial of a law suit, and I ask you to measure that experience by the short time that I have been a lawyer. Because what I propose to do is not to speak to you, say from Mount Olympus, but to speak as I may as a friend, among friends, and then perhaps, if we have time, to open the floor to any questions you care to ask me.
Thomas F. Murphy,
Some Reflections on the Trial of a Lawsuit,
27 Wash. L. Rev. & St. B.J.
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