Brooklyn Daily Eagle writes:
“Meet the Bar Leaders: Richard Klass decides on law career after father’s business ends, parents split”
Then one day during his senior year, his favorite professor Sondra Rubenstein told him that she didn’t think that he was right for the field. She suggested law school instead. But Klass was just weeks away from graduation, and initially brushed off the suggestion.
Still the thought lingered with him and Klass decided to at least take the LSAT to keep his options open. The morning he was scheduled to take the LSAT, Klass’ mother dropped a bomb on him.
“She called me on the phone that morning and said, ‘Try to do really well because your father is going to be closing the business and it looks like we’re going to get divorced too,’” Klass said almost still in disbelief nearly 30 years later. “It was kind of like, ‘Good luck.’ I don’t think she realized that it was the morning of the LSAT.”
While most people would understand if Klass decided to put off the LSAT after hearing that news, he explained how the thought never entered his mind. Instead, it forced him to realize that things weren’t going to be the same. In fact, the hardship motivated him by giving him an outlet to escape his personal issues….
…Klass took the LSAT, did well enough to get into New York Law School and dabbled in criminal defense with an internship with the Brooklyn DA’s Office, where he worked for Betsy Barros, now a judge on the Appellate Division bench. Ultimately, though, he decided to open his own civil practice because even if it wasn’t going to be his father’s business, Klass was determined to run his own…. (Read the rest of the story here…)