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The retirement of Professor David R. Bookstaver from the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh Law School brings into focus a career and a life which have been and will remain a model of decency, devotion, and high values for hundreds who have appreciated him as a lawyer, a teacher, and a colleague on law school faculties, and for thousands more who have found sustenance in his careful scholarly writing about law.
But Dave Bookstaver's career has a dimension beyond the fineness of a worthy life. Like military men, lawyers sometimes confront searching tests of character and professional mastery, sudden squalls or storms in which everything depends on what they do or fail to do in a few confused minutes. Dave Bookstaver has had to meet such tests on a number of occasions. Each time, he proved himself to be a lion.
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