After 32 Years, Criminal Lawyer Plans to Exit Practice to Study Religion in Jerusalem

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Mike Krampner always wanted to be a criminal defense lawyer. But after more than 30 years of practice, most of it in charge of his own firm, the Wyoming practitioner is ready for a change.

After working for the past year on a master’s thesis in Jewish history, he’s planning to leave the law at the end of the year, take a vacation in Europe and then study traditional Jewish texts for most of 2011 at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem. Then he’ll return to the United States, where he’s thinking to pursue a doctorate, reports the Caspar Star-Tribune.

He had to tell his own father, also a lawyer, that it was time to stop going to the office every day once he reached his 80s, Krampner tells the newspaper. But if he himself has to deal with that issue, it will likely be in a different line of work. After he completes his studies in his early 60s, he says, “Maybe I can begin a new career.”

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