Famous/infamous lawyers and where they went to school.....

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Re: Famous/infamous lawyers and where they went to school.....

Postby PDaddy » Mon Jan 25, 2010 2:48 am

DROPPING BACK TO PASS: LAWYER-ATHLETES

Tim Green got his JD from Ohio Northern University Law School in 1992 and is a coach in Hawaii. But another Tim Green (Syracuse University Law School) is an author and commentator for National Public Radio and the Fox Sports Network, jobs he took after playing 8 years for the Atlanta Falcons football team. Paul Robeson was a noted football player (see under Composers and Musicians). Steve Young, the recently retired quarterback, holds a law degree from Brigham Young University Law School.

Alan Page played with the Chicago Bears and the Minnesota Vikings, obtaining a law degree while playing with the Vikings. He was elected an Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court in 1992. Byron "Whizzer" White was runner-up for the Heisman Trophy in 1937, got his law degree from Yale and ended up on the U.S. Supreme Court. Alan Eagleson was a Toronto lawyer who also became an agent and headed the NHL Players Association. David Treadwell, University of Denver law graduate, was a kicker for the Denver Broncos before becoming a sportscaster.

Baseball has its share of lawyer-managers, including Branch Rickey (Michigan), who integrated baseball by hiring Jackie Robinson as well as creating the "farm system", Tony LaRussa (Florida State), Hughie Jennings (Cornell), Miller Huggins (Cincinnati), and John Ward (Columbia). William Shea, a New York, lawyer, worked to bring a major league team back to the Big Apple after the Giants and Dodgers fled the city. Shea Stadium is named for him. Frank Navin, who was President of the Detroit Tigers team for 32 years, was also trained as a lawyer. Moe Berg (1902-1972), linguist, spy and baseball player, also earned a law degree from Columbia. Gene Schroer played baseball sucessfully before earning a law degree from Washburn. For more about law and baseball, see Roger Abrams, Legal Issues: Baseball and the Law (1998).

Robert Tyre Jones won all four of the major golf championships in one year (1930) but he made other things look easy, too: he took an engineering degree at Georgia Tech in 2 1/2 years, earned a degree in literature from Harvard, and then went to Emory to get his law degree; he passed the bar before finishing. His legalistic legacy endures in professional golf play. Vivien Saunders, also a lawyer, is suing to regain her amateur status after years as a professional golf instructor. Dick Button, the Olympic Gold Medalist in Figure Skating, 1948, is also a Harvard Law School grad, admitted to the DC bar, and a sportscaster, a writer, and an Emmy winner.

Karen Weekley is a softball coach at the University of Tennessee and a University of Washington Law School grad. Western New England College School of Law 2002 Grad Jennifer Blum plays wide receiver and defensive back for the Sharks, a team in the Independent Women's Football League. Donald Dell joined the ranks of successful tennis players years ago, (he captained the US Davis Cup team) but earned a law degree from the University of Virginia and practiced law in D.C. for a time. Eugene Scott, who earned a law degree from the University of Virginia in 1965, helped found the National Junior Tennis League, was a champion tennis player himself, and founded Tennis Magazine.

Sad to note, newly hired gymnastics coach and University of Denver law graduate Mari-Rae Sopper was among those killed in the terrorist attack on the Pentagon, September 11, 2001.

Football players who later became lawyers and who also have the distinction of being Native American include Bill Gardner and Albert Exendine, both of whom were members of the Carlisle Indian Institute team. Both also earned law degrees from Dickinson School of Law. Gardner joined Eliot Ness's team of "Untouchables". After coaching college football, Exendine practiced law with the Bureau of Indian Affairs. For more about lawyers involved in sports see The Political Graveyard. Bill Lewis was the first Black American football player to be named an All-American. He was also the first Black American to be admitted to the American Bar Association. He served as a U. S. Assistant Attorney General.

Paul Tagliabue was the National Football League's 4th commissioner. He introduced the notion of the salary cap. Baseball umpires who are lawyers include Jeff Chamberlain (former prosecutor) and Alan S. Goldberger.

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Re: Famous/infamous lawyers and where they went to school.....

Postby EzraStiles » Tue Jan 26, 2010 1:58 am

I don't know where she went to school, but with the late night dust-up recently settled I may as well say Conan O'Brien's mother is a partner at Ropes & Gray.

EDIT: Conan's mom actually went to Yale Law School. One of 4 women in her class, 2nd woman partner in Ropes and Gray's history.

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Re: Famous/infamous lawyers and where they went to school.....

Postby deadpanic » Tue Jan 26, 2010 11:33 pm

Some politicians:

Chris Dodd - Louisville
Trent Lott - Ole Miss
Haley Barbour - Ole Miss
Orrin Hatch - Pitt

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Postby TheTopBloke » Tue Jan 26, 2010 11:39 pm

ughOSU wrote:Joe Flom, Harvard Law

*note: may be the last person to ever attend Harvard Law without getting a Bachelor's degree


Why is that?

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Postby ughOSU » Wed Jan 27, 2010 12:23 am

TheTopBloke wrote:
ughOSU wrote:Joe Flom, Harvard Law

*note: may be the last person to ever attend Harvard Law without getting a Bachelor's degree


Why is that?

Well, name someone who has graduated from Harvard Law since 1948, never having bothered to go to college. I suppose what I don't really understand is how anyone got in to Harvard Law without going to college (Flom did this by delivering mail and eventually clerking at a major NYC law firm for years before applying)... Can you see anyone doing that these days?

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Re: Famous/infamous lawyers and where they went to school.....

Postby englawyer » Wed Jan 27, 2010 1:01 am

ughOSU wrote:
TheTopBloke wrote:
ughOSU wrote:Joe Flom, Harvard Law

*note: may be the last person to ever attend Harvard Law without getting a Bachelor's degree


Why is that?

Well, name someone who has graduated from Harvard Law since 1948, never having bothered to go to college. I suppose what I don't really understand is how anyone got in to Harvard Law without going to college (Flom did this by delivering mail and eventually clerking at a major NYC law firm for years before applying)... Can you see anyone doing that these days?


Apparently, HLS would let in almost anyone that wanted to take a shot at becoming a lawyer. There would then be fierce competition for grades, and most of the 1L class would fail out. Sounds fun right? :lol:

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Postby You Gotta Have Faith » Fri Jan 29, 2010 1:47 am

Zygi Wilf went to New York Law School (no, not NYU). He's the owner of the Minnesota Vikings.


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Postby deadpanic » Sun Jan 31, 2010 8:24 pm

John Grisham - Ole Miss
Dickie Scruggs - Ole Miss

Scruggs is now disbarred - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dickie_Scruggs

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Re: Famous/infamous lawyers and where they went to school.....

Postby philosoraptor » Sun Jan 31, 2010 8:55 pm

PDaddy wrote:DROPPING BACK TO PASS: LAWYER-ATHLETES ...


I was surprised to learn recently that Cris Collinsworth (of the Cincinnati Bengals and NBC's "Sunday Night Football") has a J.D. from U. Cincinnati but never worked as a lawyer.

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Re: Famous/infamous lawyers and where they went to school.....

Postby TheTopBloke » Tue Feb 02, 2010 9:23 pm

ughOSU wrote:
TheTopBloke wrote:
ughOSU wrote:Joe Flom, Harvard Law

*note: may be the last person to ever attend Harvard Law without getting a Bachelor's degree


Why is that?

Well, name someone who has graduated from Harvard Law since 1948, never having bothered to go to college. I suppose what I don't really understand is how anyone got in to Harvard Law without going to college (Flom did this by delivering mail and eventually clerking at a major NYC law firm for years before applying)... Can you see anyone doing that these days?


So the only shot you'd have at it without a BA or BS is to have some experience with the practice of law.

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Postby ughOSU » Wed Feb 03, 2010 12:34 am

TheTopBloke wrote:
ughOSU wrote:
TheTopBloke wrote:
ughOSU wrote:Joe Flom, Harvard Law

*note: may be the last person to ever attend Harvard Law without getting a Bachelor's degree


Why is that?

Well, name someone who has graduated from Harvard Law since 1948, never having bothered to go to college. I suppose what I don't really understand is how anyone got in to Harvard Law without going to college (Flom did this by delivering mail and eventually clerking at a major NYC law firm for years before applying)... Can you see anyone doing that these days?


So the only shot you'd have at it without a BA or BS is to have some experience with the practice of law.

RC fail. Both because what you proposed has no relation to what I wrote and because I guess you missed this:
englawyer wrote:Apparently, HLS would let in almost anyone that wanted to take a shot at becoming a lawyer. There would then be fierce competition for grades, and most of the 1L class would fail out. Sounds fun right? :lol:

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Postby rocross1 » Wed Feb 03, 2010 12:38 am

ughOSU wrote:Joe Flom, Harvard Law

*note: may be the last person to ever attend Harvard Law without getting a Bachelor's degree


Yeah you read Gladwell.

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Postby tram988 » Wed Feb 03, 2010 1:08 am

Sen. John Kerry- BC

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Postby PDaddy » Wed Feb 03, 2010 3:19 am

clevinger33 wrote:
pattymac wrote:I cannot BELIEVE Feiger went to MSU. That blows my mind. Even though this is TLS, it goes to show that lay prestige will only take some people so far and hard work pays off for some.

+1 to anyone who gets this one...Mitch McDeere, Harvard law (*hint AHEM top 5, not top 5%).


Oh, a John Grisham reference. How original.


Tom Cruise's "Lt. Daniel Caffey" (A few Good Men) also went to Harvard, as did his Jerry Maguire. I guess "Tommy Mapother", er ehem...Tom Cruise loves Harvard.

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Re: Famous/infamous lawyers and where they went to school.....

Postby englawyer » Wed Feb 03, 2010 9:25 am

PDaddy wrote:
clevinger33 wrote:
pattymac wrote:I cannot BELIEVE Feiger went to MSU. That blows my mind. Even though this is TLS, it goes to show that lay prestige will only take some people so far and hard work pays off for some.

+1 to anyone who gets this one...Mitch McDeere, Harvard law (*hint AHEM top 5, not top 5%).


Oh, a John Grisham reference. How original.


Tom Cruise's "Lt. Daniel Caffey" (A few Good Men) also went to Harvard, as did his Jerry Maguire. I guess "Tommy Mapother", er ehem...Tom Cruise loves Harvard.


Mitch McDeere also went to harvard law (The Firm)

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Postby ughOSU » Wed Feb 03, 2010 12:06 pm

rocross1 wrote:
ughOSU wrote:Joe Flom, Harvard Law

*note: may be the last person to ever attend Harvard Law without getting a Bachelor's degree


Yeah you read Gladwell.

Actually no I didn't, but I did read "Skadden: Money, Power, and the Rise of a Legal Empire", by (I think) Lincoln Chapman.

e: actually Lincoln Caplan
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Postby JOThompson » Wed Feb 03, 2010 6:52 pm

I don't know if this one has been mentioned yet:
Thomas Cooley, Michigan

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Postby goosey » Wed Feb 03, 2010 7:05 pm

fonzerelli wrote:Benjamin Cardozo - Columbia



lol

irony.

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Postby jwrit07 » Wed Feb 03, 2010 7:06 pm

Michael Clayton- epitome of Fordham Law

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Postby timertimer61 » Wed Feb 03, 2010 7:18 pm

jwrit07 wrote:Michael Clayton- epitome of Fordham Law

why is he epitome of fordham law? sorry i didnt watch the movie.

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Postby jwrit07 » Wed Feb 03, 2010 8:10 pm

Great movie, I highly recommend it...By no means is it an insult to Fordham. He illustrates where the typical Fordham Law graduate ends up...big time NYC megafirm. (although probably not in this economy)

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Postby buckley » Wed Feb 03, 2010 8:13 pm

I don't know if someone has already posted this, but pat robertson went to yale law school. wow.

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Postby You Gotta Have Faith » Fri Feb 05, 2010 1:05 am

buckley wrote:I don't know if someone has already posted this, but pat robertson went to yale law school. wow.


He did. But never passed the bar (actually not sure if he tried).

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Re: Famous/infamous lawyers and where they went to school.....

Postby jwrit07 » Fri Feb 05, 2010 7:12 pm

Michelle Obama - Harvard Law


Hillary Clinton - Yale Law


[strike]Sarah Palin[/strike]
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