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Dale H. Helm
October 1, 1933–October 9, 2013
Joseph B. Rogers
July 8, 1964–October 7, 2013
James L. Treece
February 6, 1925–September 7, 2013
I did not know until I read the October In Memoriam1 that Laird Campbell had passed away. It is fitting that Mr. Campbell’s In Memoriam appeared in the Professionalism issue because of an incident I remember with Mr. Campbell from long, long ago. I was a fairly new lawyer, probably six months out of law school. I had been assigned a case where the other party was represented by Mr. Campbell. I had some issues with his discovery responses, and being a new lawyer, I of course decided that the wisest course of action would be to write a nasty letter to him, making threats and demands.
Some days after I sent the letter, I got a call from Mr. Campbell. He said, "Christina, this is Laird Campbell. I got your letter. I did you a big favor. I threw it in the trash. Now let’s really talk about the issues." I freaked out, of course, and acted like the complete coward I was. I had some difficulty explaining why I thought making threats would be a good way to resolve our dispute. At the end of the call, he said, "Next time, would you just pick up the phone? I’m happy to talk to you about just about anything you want to talk about."
Thank you, Laird Campbell. That telephone call changed my attitude, my practice, and my life.
There, now I have finally said what I should have said all those years ago. I am just sorry Mr. Campbell didn’t hear me say it.
—Submitted by Christina Habas
1. In Memoriam Tribute, 42 The Colorado Lawyer 90 (Oct. 2013).
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