Lawyers are the professionals who practice law as an attorney, barrister, counsel or solicitor. They are qualified to offer advice about the law or represent someone in legal matters or handle all sorts of legal matters. Different countries and states have different legal systems.
1. Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader, and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, primarily known as an anti-apartheid icon, Mandela was also a lawyer. In 1952 he was with his legal partner Oliver Tambo established a law firm in South Africa. It was the first black law firm, South Africa. He took his law graduation from Fort Hare University and then at the University of Witwatersrand.
2. Vladimir Putin
A list involving “influential” individuals hardly looks to be real if it does not embrace Putin. Russian intelligence officer and politician who served as president of Russia and additionally was the country’s prime minister. He studied law at Leningrad State University (now known as Saint Petersburg State University), which also happens to be the oldest law school in Russia.
3. Barack Obama
Barack Obama was the 44th president of the United States and the first African-American commander-in-chief. The man who has been labeled as the most powerful person in the World ranks number 9 on our list. He graduated from Columbia University and Harvard Law School and the two-term president used to teach Constitutional Law at U. Chicago Law.
4. Hillary Clintons
As former United States Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton also stands as a supreme example of female law inspiration. Hillary earns her law degree from Yale University and a former partner at Arkansas’s Rose Law Firm. She is the only First Lady ever to have run for public office and is famed for running in the 2008 Democratic presidential primaries, only narrowly losing to Barack Obama in the national election. The 67th Secretary of State and a forerunner in the race of being the first woman president of the United States of America is a former Yale graduate. If she does go on to be President, she will not only be the most influential lawyer but also one of the most powerful person in the World.
5. Amal Clooney
Amal Clooney is a Lebanese-British barrister at Doughty Street Chambers, specialising in international law, criminal law, extradition, and human rights. Clooney has taken charge of such high profile cases as that of Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, in his fight against extradition and has also represented the former prime minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko. On top of this, she has met with the British Foreign Secretary William Hague to discuss ways to drive forward the international action to protect children in conflict zones from rape and sexual violence before the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict in June 2014.
6. Gerry Spence
The final inspirational lawyer in the list is that Gerry Spence is a semi-retired American trial lawyer and his presence in the American Trial Lawyers Hall of Fame, having been inducted in 2009. As of 2014, Spence has never lost a criminal law case, either as a prosecutor or a defence attorney. He has also not lost a civil case since 1969 and now works as a semi-retired trial lawyer. Spence graduated from the University of Wyoming Law School in 1952 and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree in May 1990.
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