The law firm of William L. Allen and Leonard A. Straight existed from 1897 to the latter's death on December 19, 1933, making it one of the oldest law partnerships in the state. Straight was a real estate specialist, who was reputed to be "better versed" and "more capable of giving sound advice" in "this department of the law"
than any other lawyer in the state.
In a polished, insightful eulogy delivered at the annual memorial services in district court for the Ramsey County Bar Association in March 1934, three colleagues wrote:
"Mr. Straight was also aided in his work by capacity for clear, logical analysis, with a detached and impartial view both of the facts involved in any problem, and of the applicability of rules and principles to the facts. Moreover, he was apt in the right use of language, so that his speech and his writings were accurate and clear. He was a student of literature, and loved reading worthwhile authors as a recreation as well as a study, often referring to the stores of knowledge and philosophy of the ancients as well as to the discoveries and the literature of modern times. These things all helped to make Straight what he was, a lawyer of the first rank."
[Bar memorials change over time. Nineteenth century bar memorials differ from those of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. This memorial to Leonard Straight is a fine example of those delivered in the 1930s, particularly in Ramsey County]