John Pickering, one of the city’s most distinguished litigators, helped found Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering (now WilmerHale), one of the city’s most storied law firms. In his (sadly, too brief) oral history, Pickering recounts anecdote after anecdote involving his opinions of, and experiences with, various judges of the D.C. federal courts. William H. Jeffress, Jr., who serves on the board of directors of the Historical Society, has prepared this summary of Pickering’s engaging and entertaining oral history.