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"You can do anything with a law degree," most attorneys can remember hearing. But do they?
Lawyers are known for being particularly risk averse, not only in their advice to clients, but also in the choices they make in their own careers.
Many who decide the law is not for them stick to similar industries, such as politics government and lobbying here in Washington or business sectors where they can use their legal skills, like finance and real estate.
"Lion Tamer" is a famous Monty Python sketch where a similarly risk-averse professional, an accountant seeks career counseling for a radical career change.
However, some make bold changes. You'll hear from former DC lawyers, including:
Now an innkeeper, Indira Goldstein first worked in Education Law and Policy, followed by a decade focusing as a student immigration law adviser. As a Dyslexic person, her personal experience in K-12 drove her to want to work in law on issues of education.
Michael Lehmkuhl was a telecommunications attorney before becoming a U.S. Coast Guard licensed Master Captain doing charters, deliveries, instruction, and repairs on boats of all shapes and sizes. Over the last 15 years he logged over 20,000 nautical miles cruising and racing boats. He uses his legal skills everyday "except I get out a lot more now."
Rita Goodroe spent over a decade as a business attorney, both in private practice and for the federal government, before she leveraged a side project: a singles meetup group into a career as a full-time dating coach. She later combined her coaching skills, legal counseling, and experience of running a small business into creating the Women's Business Garden, focused on needs of female entrepreneurs worldwide.
How did they make the transition? How did their legal education and training help--or maybe hinder--them?
6:30-7:00: Greet, meet, & treats
7-7:40 Moderated panel discussion
7:40-8:10: Audience questions
8:10: Informal discussion/further networking on-site or at local bar/restaurant