Baseball and the Lawyer

La Russa
Tony La Russa

The library has many career books for lawyers available for check out like Careers in Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice, Careers in Admiralty and Maritime Law, Careers in Criminal Law, and Turning Points: New Paths & Second Careers for Lawyers as well as many others.  A career path not much explored in print is baseball and law school.

With the San Francisco Giants winning the 2012 World Series after beating the Saint Louis Cardinals and then the Baltimore Orioles, it’s appropriate to concentrate on those teams. Mark Mosler, 2004 graduate of the University of Chicago, played minor league baseball for the Giants from 1997-1999. He is presently in the big leagues as a partner with Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C. Anthony “Tony” La Russa, who retired as manager of the 2011 World Series winning Saint Louis Cardinals, is a 1978 graduate of Florida State College of Law and passed the Florida Bar. He says, “Law school didn’t teach me how to hit the ball or how to run or how to pitch. But, because of law school, I see the game playing out in front of me on the field in a very different way. My legal training taught me to put myself in our opponents’ dugout. Law school taught me how to analyze and how to best deal with a specific situation. The best degree a baseball manager can get is a J.D. The law degree taught me how to study, how to think, and how to implement and develop a strategy.” His off season home is in the Bay area. Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF), a “no-kill shelter” is located in Walnut Creek, California. That brings to mind another book in the library, Careers in Animal Law:Welfare, Protection, and Advocacy.

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