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Acting Like Lawyers

For lawyers who don't experience much drama or action in their day jobs, the play's the thing. As described in this article, lawyers in North Carolina's Triangle have discovered that community theater productions offer a way for them to indulge their theatrical aspirations without allowing those dreams to take center stage.  The article highlights seven lawyers with diverse practice backgrounds ranging from corporate securities work to criminal defense, who are enjoying their dual roles as lawyer-actors. 

Many of the lawyers profiled drew parallels between acting and the practice of law.  Criminal defense lawyer Seth Blum emphasizes the importance of "knowing your audience," whether the stage is in the courtroom or the theater. Benji Jones, a corporate securities lawyer reflects:

When you act, you read a text and you develop questions, and you interpret the text to answer your questions. That's the same thing you do when you're a lawyer. You have questions and you have to go analyze something.

Still, it's not likely that any of these lawyers will make a permanent career move any time soon -- for most, community theater is a purely pro bono endeavor.

Posted by Carolyn Elefant on March 31, 2008 at 02:14 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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