We live in a society in which a lot of our policy and way of life is decided on and shaped by lawyers. If you’re a budding attorney thinking about getting into the field, there are some giants that have paved the way for you.

Below, we will dive into some important figures in modern history that have made an impact, shaped the world or gained notoriety. You’ll get a lot out of this information, and will just be scratching the surface when it comes to researching attorneys that have made history.

Check out these famous lawyers and continue to learn about the field.

Barack Obama

In terms of famous lawyers, Barack Obama is probably the biggest in recent memory.

He shot onto the scene as a senator and community organizer out of the Chicago area, and his personality, gift of gab, background story and family life endeared him to the American public and the world. Obama made history in 2008 when he was elected to the White House as the 44th president and the first African American president.

Prior to becoming president and before his political aspirations, Obama also made history when he became the first African American Harvard Law Review president.

Since coming onto the scene, people in politics, business and finance, law, and other walks of life have used Obama as a role model or person of inspiration.  

Woodrow Wilson

When you want to learn more about prior eras of American History, you have to take a look at the most influential presidents of the time.

At the turn of the 20th century, Woodrow Wilson, the 28th president of the United States, definitely left his mark. He served as president from 1913 to 1921 and steered the ship when the United States entered the first World War.

Prior to becoming president, Wilson received his degree from the University of Virginia’s law school, which, to this day, is still one of the most prestigious law schools in the world.

Johnnie Cochran

“If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit.”

This quote lived in infamy and was the icing on the cake in the “Trial of the Century”, which defined the 90’s as an era.

Aside from defending OJ Simpson in the infamous trial, Cochran made a career representing both the poor and disenfranchised, and other high-profile celebrities. He advocated for police brutality victims and celebrities like Michael Jackson and Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs.

FX’s “The People vs. OJ Simpson” chronicled the case. This brought Cochran back into the spotlight in a portrayal that got high praises. Viewers in record numbers tuned in each week to relive the Simpson trial and this uncanny time in American history.

Do Your Research on the Most Famous Lawyers

As you can see, famous lawyers often shape history, policy, activism, and entertainment. Attorneys have the ability to change the world in impactful ways.

To learn more about famous instances of ways lawyers have shaped politics and entertainment, keep up with our blog posts!

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