A month before his death, Judge Learned Hand, in an interview with a young Life magazine reporter, was asked how he felt after his long and illustrious career on the bench in which his opinions were adopted by the United States Supreme Court, cited in major law schools throughout the country, hailed as legally incisive and brilliant, and being viewed himself as a trendsetter in legal thinking. Judge Hand replied: "'I've spent a lifetime of utter drudgery, shoveling smoke . . .'"
Thomas J. Harlan Jr.,
A Statewide Standard of Care in Medical Malpractice Cases - We're Shoveling Smoke,
U. Rich. L. Rev.
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