Class of 1993 Reunion Class Notes
J. Wylie Donald ’93
Only a law school would encourage you to post to your class notes with the following: "original submissions and future edits of said submission have the possibility of being cached forever." You will be understanding if I type with some trepidation, lest said typing outlast said typist. That being said, I guess I get to be the first to say: Welcome to Our 20th Reunion. It's Good to Have You Here. I'm Glad We Both Made It.
To break the ice in this current, one-way conversation, I will start in the middle, which for most of us, is now middle age. I think I am unusual in that my J.D. and I have spent the entirety of our legal career with one firm. Which is not to say I have not moved around; I started in Newark, then struck out for Baltimore, but ended up in Wilmington, and along the way I have passed too many bars (take that as you will). I have only been reinvented once (environmental to insurance coverage). Relying on both, and the experience and knowledge cache built up along the 20 years, I am pursuing a second metamorphosis as a climate-change lawyer, see www.climatelawyers.com. But I fear the ice sheets will melt before the legal paradigm changes. Talk to me at our 40th and we'll both know how prescient or naive I was.
At this point, I think I am supposed to include some personal details that go beyond the law. Some of you met my daughter B.J.D.E (Before the Juris Doctoris Era). She is now in college, heading for Greenland within the month for an up close look at those melting ice sheets. Her brother is attempting to join her (in college, not Greenland) and thinking about nuclear engineering. Some of you may say the apples are not falling far from the tree. I would have to agree with you. The youngest are still the proverbial tabulae rasae, but perhaps by June I will have something different to report.
See you in New York,
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