Media Personalities

While you might recognize Ben Stein from his game show “Win Ben Stein’s Money” and from commercials for Clear Eyes, he has also appeared in films, and before that was a trial lawyer. He graduated from Yale Law School in 1970 and while there helped found the Journal of Law and Social Policy. Mario Cuomo, former governor of New York,  took to the (radio) airwaves. 1984 University of Sydney law graduate Henry Roth presides over Style Court, and he co-owns a bridal-gown design company.

Being a beauty queen doesn’t hurt your chances for success at the bar. Veronica Clarke (Miss Maryland 1975) became an attorney, as did Zoe Ann Warberg Schaub (Miss Idaho 1952), Paula Pope Webster (Miss New York 1978), Rebecca Ann King Dreman (Miss America 1974), and Erika Harold (Miss America 2003). LSU Law grad Jamie Wilson (’07) was Miss Louisiana 2006.

Jason Benetti earned degrees in journalism and law, and then became the voice of the Syracuse Chiefs (baseball) team.

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Howard Cosell was a labor lawyer before finding his true niche as the enthusiastic sportscaster for ABC Sports. CUNY law school grad Iyanla VanZant went on to have a short-lived syndicated talk show and a reality tv show. University of Michigan law grad Larry Elder has a popular talk radio show. After years as a prosecutor, Star Jones launched a second career as a talk show host, and was seen on the Emmy-nominated ABC program The View.

Would you call a cartoon superhero a media personality? If so, Harvey Birdman (the superhero formerly known as Birdman) had a short-lived career as a lawyer, handling all the cartoon litigation.