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Can You Make Your Hobby Into A Law Practice?

This article, Lawyer by Day, Fashion Designer by Night, Skirts the Issue, Portland Press Herald (5/8/05) reports on Maine attorney Margaret Minister O’Keefe, a law firm partner who represents local artists and designers by day and has created her own fashion label by night.  O’Keefe had always sewed but started up again when her first son was born, focusing mostly on kids’ items.  But on a trip to New York, O’Keefe saw some fabrics and decided to start making skirts which are the first item in her clothing line.

Although O’Keefe began sewing after she’d already started representing designers, I’m betting that O’Keefe’s entre into the fashion world gives her a good bit of credibility with clients and has helped her to grow her practice area.  But likewise, a special hobby or non-legal pursuit – perhaps training horses or scuba diving or acting in community theatre or serving as a paramedic – can lay a foundation for legal practice specialty in one of those fields that you’ve enjoyed enough to pursue on the side.