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Scalia: “Don’t work too hard, move to Cleveland.”

Justice Scalia’s pearls of wisdom at Above the Law struck me this morning.

Yes, lawyers should seek a work/life balance, and as someone who grew up in Medina County (south of Cleveland), I think it is worth acknowledging that there are places worth living other than New York or San Francisco.  It also makes sense that Scalia would make such a recommendation, considering he started his career at a private firm in Cleveland.

While the critiques in the article are valid, I have to agree with Mr. Originalist.  I look forward to my life post-graduation, in a smaller but happening city with enough time to tend to community and personal activities.  Why should we kill ourselves over the pressure of landing the most impressive, prestigious, high paying job in a city made expensive and stifling due to everyone’s desire to be there?   Even a Supreme Court Justice is asking us to question our motivations and find out what will make us happy over the long term.  I, for one, look forward to urban living with affordable rents!



  1. etisher
    Posted February 17, 2012 at 3:14 am | Permalink

    As a fellow Midwesterner, and former Cleveland-area resident, I would like to thank you for this post! There are so many great opportunities in smaller cities that do indeed offer a more laid-back lifestyle, a lower cost of living, and less competition. Sadly, I encounter too many people who harbor negative stereotypes about places like Cleveland and other cities in “flyover” country. But things like climate change, environmental degradation, or social injustice do not stop at NYC’s or DC’s borders. We need to tackle these things head on in every part of the country.

    Cleveland rocks!

    • danamay
      Posted February 25, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for the comment! I think it really goes to what you make of living and working in any given community. Again, attitude controls!

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