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These Lawyers Found New Careers More Gratifying than Law Practice

Posted Sep 9, 2009 9:04 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Two lawyers who gave up law practice tell a legal publication that their new careers are more gratifying or exciting than legal work. Others see their jobs as a better fit for their personality or a natural progression from their legal past.

The Maryland Daily Record profiled six lawyers who moved into other fields. They have new careers as a: law librarian, certified financial planner, public-interest group founder, travel consultant, law firm recruiting and diversity director, and founder of a business that connects startups with lenders.

Nonpracticing lawyers tend to fit into two categories, according to the story. Either they found that law practice wasn’t what they had envisioned, or they went to law school because they couldn’t think of anything else to do.

The law librarian, Janet Sinder, told the publication she didn’t enjoy her job as a criminal appeals defense lawyer as much as she thought she would. So she got a master’s in library science and now works at the library at the University of Maryland School of Law.

"When you’re a criminal defense attorney, you don’t win a lot of your cases on appeal, but you get so much positive feedback in the library world when you help them find something."

Randi Lewis tells the publication that law practice was too adversarial. Her job as director of diversity and professional development at Miles & Stockbridge is never boring, she said. "This is such a great fit for my personality and my intellect, too."

Hat tip to Legal Blog Watch.

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