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A. Harrison Barnes
Harrison Barnes

When I was in my last year of law school, a law school professor of mine (who had been told he was not getting tenure from the law school, was leaving, and thus had nothing to lose) offered me some shocking advice. “You should not practice law,” he told me. “You need to do something else.”

I was stunned. I had good grades, had the best grade in his class, had been a summer associate at a prestigious New York law firm, and was getting ready to go do a federal clerkship. I figured if anyone was primed for practicing law, surely I was that person.