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In Memoriam: Mike Weston

I learned recently that my law school classmate Michael Weston was one of the DEA agents killed last week in Afghanistan in the helicopter crash following a drug raid that killed all ten on board. Here’s a story about him from his hometown paper.

I wanted to say a few words about Mike. He was a really brilliant guy, and about as unconventional as you see at a place like Harvard Law School. He had been a computer science major at Stanford, but when he got to law school he quickly decided the law was a waste of time. So he decided to join the Marines. And no, he didn’t want to be a military lawyer, or even an officer: He enlisted in the Marines in their general enlistment so he could start from the bottom. Over the summer, when his Harvard Law classmates were earning big bucks as summer associates, Mike was in basic training at Parris Island. He even made a point to leave his final exams an hour or so early to go for a run — he wanted to make sure he was in shape for basic. So he was off to the Marines after law school, and I never saw Mike again.

Every death is a tragedy, and there are lots of tragic aspects to Mike’s death. I want to single out just one of them. Mike’s best friend in law school was our classmate Helge Boes. In February 2003, Helge himself died in Afghanistan while serving in the CIA. (I blogged about Helge’s death here back at the time.) When Harvard Law School looked for someone to write a memorial for Helge, they asked Mike. Mike was serving in Kuwait at the time. Mike had lost touch with Helge, but he wrote a [...]

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