July 2nd, 2012
Becoming a lawyer is not the only path you can take after graduating from law school. Every Monday we bring you the story of a former lawyer or law student who has taken an unusual or unique career path.
Some people leave the law and become famous. Still others leave the law and become infamous, such as former Time Warner CEO Gerald M. Levin. Levin received his BA from Haverford College and his JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He spent most of his career in various positions at Time Warner. In 2000, as CEO, he brokered the merger between Time Warner and AOL, which proved disastrous for Time Warner’s shareholders over the course of a few years. CNBC even named Levin “One of the Worst CEOs of All Time.” He experienced tragedy in his personal life as well. A high school teacher in the Bronx, New York, Levin’s son, having announced to his class that his father was the CEO of Time Warner, was later tortured and killed by one of his students for a mere $800. Levin became a philanthropist, working tirelessly for many Jewish causes and also to help create the Jonathan Levin High School for Media and Communications in the Bronx.
Posted in Off the Beaten Path