January 01, 2012 Being Solo

One Lawyer’s Journey to Happiness and Health South of the Border

David Leffler

The year was 1976 and Jim Karger was fresh out of law school. By 10:00 am on his first day at his first job, he realized that he had made a seriously bad career choice. So he did what most people do in that situation—he stuck it out anyway. For years.

But Jim had a strategy. He would be outrageous and wild, and in the conformist and conservative world of lawyers he would get “kicked off the cliff.” He needed this because he didn’t have the guts to “jump off the cliff.”

Jim authored a newspaper column full of dark humor. If anything should have killed his career, that should have.

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