A bittersweet evening

Last night, my chambers, and our significant others, got together for a “going away” dinner with Ryan Cooper. Patti Vannoy, Ryan’s fiancée, accompanied him.

Ryan

Ryan

Ryan has worked with us for seven years. He first served as a paid intern when he was in law school, and then as a pro se law clerk and later as a chambers’ law clerk. Because of a silly Washington rule driven by overwrought budget concerns, Ryan’s last day with us will be tomorrow.

I have written and raved about Ryan and how much I think of him before. So, I will simply say Ryan is one of brightest and nicest young lawyers I know. His fiancée, Patti, is also an incredibly accomplished young lawyer. By the way, Patti is one my favorite people, and Ryan is lucky to have her at his side.

Patti

Patti

I can’t say enough good thinks about Ryan. So, I will simply conclude by saying all of us will mightily miss Ryan. The place won’t be the same without him.*

RGK

*One of Ryan’s jobs was to warn me when active shooters entered the building, but if I explained the details I would have to kill you! That said, and unlike Ryan, I am absolutely certain that none of my other staff would take a bullet for me.

 

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