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Lawyer Leaves Firm and Takes the Rap

After this recent flurry of stories on involuntary law firm departures and subsequent law suits, it's refreshing to learn about one lawyer who left his firm and took the rap for it... quite literally!  According to this story in The Lantern, Ohio State University's student publication, Mekka Don left a $200,000 a year law job to pursue a career in rap music.  Born Emeka Onyejekwe, 26-year old Don attended OSU on academic scholarship, graduating in 2002.  After receiving a law degree from New York University Law School in 2006, Don, presumably like many of his classmates, went on to a high-paying job at a large firm.  Not surprisingly, Don felt trapped at his firm -- "like a cog in the machine" -- as he puts it, so he decided to leave to pursue his passion.  Today, Don spends most of his time on his rap career; he's signed with a label called Move Records and will release a mixtape entitled "Law and Order" on March 31.

Still, Don hasn't completely abandoned the law.  He works with his sister at their own small law firm to pay the bills and engages in several other legal hustles.  To learn more about Mekka Don and his transition from lawyer to rap star, take a look at this video at his blog.

Posted by Carolyn Elefant on March 27, 2008 at 02:34 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)


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