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Lawyer Who Quit Sidley for Cross-Country Trek Credits Dog in Bear Battle

Posted Jul 11, 2011 10:18 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A bankruptcy associate who quit Sidley Austin to trek cross country has battled bad weather and a black bear, but he’s alive and still walking, thanks to his dog.

Chicago lawyer George Tyler Coulson found that that BigLaw wasn’t right for him, so he decided to take his tent and his dog, Mabel, on a walking trip from Delaware to California, he explained to Above the Law in March.

Coulson and Mabel are still in one piece, but the tent is not, the New York Post reports. Soon after Coulson began the trip, a black bear tried to raid his tent. “The bear was stalking us for about four hours, huffing and stamping its feet. Finally Mabel had enough, she was like, ‘Alright, it’s on buddy,’ ” said Coulson. Mabel scared off the black bear, but the tent was shredded.

The Post spoke to Coulson when he was in Grinnell, Iowa. He admits to being lonely, and he’s glad he has Mabel for a companion. “If it wasn’t for her, I’d have quit by now,” Coulson told the Post.

Above the Law had an update on Coulson in June. “I don’t have time or space to describe how dangerous this has been, or how physically and emotionally demanding this is, but let it suffice to say that law school was a cake walk in comparison,” he wrote to the blog. “Likewise, I cannot begin to describe the joy that has come out of this for me.”

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