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Vol. 12 - Issue 7

September 6, 2023


RIP: Governor Bill Richardson


I was saddened to learn that Bill Richardson died last week at age 75.  I had the privilege last year of interviewing the former New Mexico governor and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations for the ABA Journal website.

Over the years, Richardson traveled the world to negotiate the release of numerous prisoners being wrongly held by despots.  I spoke to him about how he does it.  Surely lawyers could learn a thing or two about negotiation from him.

Richardson was forthcoming and generous with his time.  And a total class act.  When the time came for the interview, he was unexpectantly on an airplane.  He texted me.  Don’t worry, he assured me, I’ll make it happen.   

An ending too soon for a man who devoted his life to public service. 

You can check out the interview for the ABA Journal here




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