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George Clemon Freeman Jr. – founding father of Hunton & Williams’ environmental law practice passed away on June 26, 2017, at age 88.  Some of the tributes to George have mentioned a presentation George made to members of a client group in the mid 1970’s.  As remembered by Henry Nickel, George had the unenviable task of speaking to group members right after lunch.  George’s less-than-exciting assigned topic was the regulation of priority pollutants under section 307 of the Clean Water Act.  Seeing his audience about to doze off, George – perhaps drawing on his Yale glee club experience – deviated from his prepared remarks (as he was known to do) and launched into an impromptu version of the Lord High Executioner’s “I Have A Little List” song from Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado.  In the Gilbert & Sullivan version of the song, the list was of those to be beheaded:

“As some day it may happen that a victim must be found
I’ve got a little list – I’ve got a little list
Of society’s offenders who might well be underground
And who never would be missed – who never would be missed.”


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