Back in the early years of my law practice, a group of
lawyers used to gather on Wednesdays after work for the weekly Bar Meeting,
i.e., a meeting of the bar at a bar. Our group was comprised of criminal defense
lawyers and others generally interested in protecting individual rights and
liberties from the government’s ever-expanding reach. Unfortunately, these meetings dwindled and eventually
disappeared, I think, because lawyers began to get older and marry and do other
I’ve never understood why a member of the criminal defense bar would want to go on weekend jaunts to Bed Bath & Beyond, do home-improvement projects, go on vacations, read to their children, or do whatever else married people are supposed to do. But to each of us, his or her own, I suppose. In any case, children get older and marriages inevitably crumble, so maybe it’s possible to bring back the weekly Bar Meeting. Toward that end, I came upon these drinking tips from a true expert on the subject, Christopher Hitchens, in his book Hitch 22: A Memoir.