The law of averages: The most famous lawyers of all time

There have been many examples of famous people practicing law down the years. Washington and indeed America has had its fair share. Law, and the practice of it, seems to provide a very good foundation for people in high pressure, public focused professions. Examples can be found all the way back to the sixteenth century when John Knox plied his trade as a lawyer. Knox was one of the founder members of the Protestant Reformation drive that became so popular across Europe. Originally a clergyman, he studied law and was consulted by a vast array of high profile nobility during his time in both England and Scotland.

Jumping forward to the nineteenth century we find two of the most famous lawyers of all time. Although both are better known for their other achievements there is no hiding the fact that law played major roles in the early stages of their respective careers. Mohandas Karamchand Ghandi was born in 1869 and went on to become on the most recognizable figures in modern history. He studied law during his early political and spiritual leadership of India. It helped him throughout his life, especially with regard to his civil rights and freedom of speech campaigns.

Only slightly preceding Ghandi is Abraham Lincoln. Another hugely recognizable historical figure; Lincoln was a lawyer of some regard and his early days studying law assisted him during the difficulties in his fight against the slave trade and the reinvention of America after the bloody Civil War from his base in Washington; a far cry from the role of, say, a DUI lawyer in Bremerton, Washington today.

Heading back across the pond for a more recent example we find perhaps the most famous female lawyer of all time. Cherie Blair, professionally known in legal circles as Cherie Booth QC, is the wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. She works as a barrister and specializes in discrimination, public law and employment law. Strangely enough she is one of the leading players when it comes to mounting cases against the countries government.

The most recent example in America is Bill Clinton. Born on the 19th of August, 1946, William Jefferson Clinton went on to become one of the most popular American presidents of all time. Even when Clinton left office he was the most popular president with the American citizens. He had a popularity rating of 65%, the highest rating ever for an outgoing president. He gained his law degree at Yale Law School and although he turned his attention to politics soon after, the fact that he studied law and practiced as a lawyer helped him enormously during his time in office and indeed more recently in his ongoing humanitarian and welfare work.

As you can see, law has been the cornerstone of many famous people’s lives. It continues to offer useful preparation in the problematic and demanding nature of today’s modern world.

Tim Kelly, experienced DUI lawyer in Bremerton, Silverdale, Belfair and Port Orchard. For more information call 360-443-4420 or visit www.timkellylaw.com.