A while back, in November 2007, some students came down after class and asked me why I never told any personal stories during class. I gave them my standard reply that class time was too valuable for the telling of "war stories." "Well," they countered, "would you be willing to tell your 'back story' after class?" I had no objection to that, as long as they would set it up. I half-expected nothing further to come of it, but the students did set it up, publicizing it to the whole law school community. On the appointed day, an overflow crowd gathered in our largest classroom, and I gave my talk. I divided my talk into five short takes, each prefaced by a bit of advice, and a conclusion.

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