As has been mentioned in prior blogs, if my office was on fire and I had time to grab only one item from my office before leaving, the decision would be easy. I would flee the office with the wooden box full of thank you notes from clients that I have received over the past 20 plus years securely under my right arm. I cherish each and every note but this past holiday season one card caused me to pause for an inordinate amount of time and to this day remains in my mind. The card was from a family I represented following a devastating birth injury to their son. At the time, I was a young lawyer lacking the years of trial skills I have now accumulated and the import of this case was almost overwhelming. The family was truly lost and the helpless little infant was even worse. As the case developed, the defense assembled an impressive array of witnesses opining that the birth injuries were not caused by doctors' negligent failure to deliver the child in a timely manner, rather, the birth injuries were caused by other non-negligent factors that pre-dated delivery. The "defense" in this case tore at my inner constitution.