I’m in the middle of reading a fascinating historical mystery (taking place in medieval England); I’ll probably blog about it later, when I’m done – but I think it’s funny that the author is a tax attorney in her other life. This other mystery series I’ve read (coincidentally also taking place in medieval Europe) is written by a Legal Aid attorney from Queens. Apparently, I’ve read somewhere that historical mysteries are particularly popular lawyer-novelists, for not only the historical context but also because they give the lawyer-authors (or mystery writers in general) a chance to write about eras before warrants and other items, which may or may not impede investigations. Leave it to lawyers to enjoy that.
NY’s Channel 11 (WPIX) news had an interesting story for its 2/12/04 broadcast – this corporate attorney who is taking a leave of absence from his firm and six-figure-salary to be a Lego Master Builder at Legoland in San Diego. His work is amazing (ex., a several thousand pieces Lego sculpture of Han Solo in carbonite, straight out of Star Wars Episode 5 or 6). It’s like a kid’s dream – and one man is doing it, figuring he’s young enough to do it (in his 30’s or so, it seems), and his girlfriend’s letting him do it, and he loves Legos (it surely doesn’t hurt that he doesn’t have a family to raise yet). The reporter asks soon-to-be-ex-corporate-lawyer what his plans were down the line, and the story closes with the reporter reporting that Lego guy hasn’t abandoned the law; Lego guy figures that maybe down the line he can go back to his firm with Lego as a client.
Talk about a rainmaking/networking opportunity; I don’t doubt that Lego would be an amazing client to have – with its global business probably making plenty of income or possible billable hours for transactional attorneys. (I grew up loving Legos like anyone else, so nice to see a lawyer trying to keep both his interests intact – but not like I’d make Legos my life).