“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”  -Samuel Beckett  1.  A Lawyer Blunders Some twenty years ago, a feckless young lawyer nearly lost his first client. The lawyer had negotiated what he assumed the client would agree was an unusually handsome settlement offer, an offer whose obvious appeal needed no explanation. And so, he provided none. No explanation about the settlement process, the law, or the negotiations themselves. Nor in his haste did he allow the client to ask questions, all the while asking none himself. Instead, he jauntily announced the dollar figure. Then he smiled and awaited his client’s certain gratitude. But her eyes narrowed as crease-lines broke across her brow, marking her face with misunderstanding, or worse,…