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Lawyers Practicing Something Other Than Law

By David PeelDavid Peel

As an injury lawyer, many people talk with me about maybe going to law school. Many folks reason that, even if they do not actively practice law, a doctorate in law cannot hurt them in whatever career they may choose.  This list may support that theory. Did you know that all these people have a law degree?
Geraldo Rivera, the journalist, and Jerry Springer, the controversial talk show host.
Ozzie Nelson of Ozzie and Harriet fame and Matisse, the French artist.
Fidel Castro, the communist leader of Cuba.
Gandhi, the famous peacemaker in India and Nelson Mandela, the courageous South African Leader who was imprisoned for his opposition of apartheid.
Washington Irving, author of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, wherein he created Ichabod Crain and the Headless Horseman, and the long-sleeping Rip Van Winkle.
John Grisham, the author who wrote the manuscript for his first book–and some say best–book, A Time to Kill, and it sat behind his desk for some time as he busied himself practicing law.
John Cleese of Monty Python fame and Howard Cosell, the unique sports reporter for ABC.
Ben Stein, the intellectual actor, most famous for his dry “Bueller, Bueller?” scene in the movie “Farris Bueller’s Day Off.”
Tony La Russa, the famous major league baseball manager.
Steve Young, who in 1994, he won a Super Bowl with the San Francisco 49ers and graduated with his law degree. Talk about multi-tasking!
Francis Scott Key, who penned our national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner.
And these fellows who became President of the United States: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren, John Tyler, James Polk, Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan, Abraham Lincoln, Rutherford Hayes, Chester Arthur, Grover Cleveland, Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, William Howard Taft, Woodrow Wilson, Calvin Coolidge, Franklin Roosevelt, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama.
With less than 55 percent of law graduates obtaining full-time legal jobs, this list is certain to grow.
Peel seeks justice for those injured in car accidents, work place incidents, medical malpractice, and nursing homes. He often addresses churches, clubs and groups without charge. Peel may be reached through PeelLawFirm.com wherein other articles may be accessed.

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