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A federal judge on Tuesday ordered tobacco companies to publish corrective statements that say they lied about the dangers of smoking and that disclose smoking’s health effects, including the death on average of 1,200 people a day.

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Question by katie: Can I practice healthcare law and then become a judge?
I had a question about the path to becoming a judge. I am currently a senior in college and have applied to law school hoping to work in the Oklahoma/Texas area. I have already been accepted to Baylor, Tulsa, and OCU and am still waiting to hear back from OU, Houston, and SMU (sent my applications in December 6). I would like to practice healthcare law either for the government or as in-house counsel for a company and was wondering if this was a viable career path to one day sit as a judge when I am in my 40s or even late 30s if the opportunity arises? I know a more traditional career path would to become a state or federal prosecutor and then apply for a judgeship, and while this is also something I could see myself enjoying doing, I like the idea of the former career opportunity better. So I guess what I’m asking is, what is the likelihood of me practicing healthcare law and then being able to apply/be considered/nominated for a judgeship when I’m older? Should I focus on a different area of law if that is my ultimate goal? Also, assuming that I get into the other schools I have listed, (SMU might be a stretch, my LSAT was a 160 with a GPA of 3.6) do you think it would be more beneficial to attend school in my homestate of Oklahoma (OU offers cheap tuition, although I’ve been offered a full ride at OCU and 27k a year at Tulsa and I have connections in OKC) or to attend Baylor (strong trial advocacy program) or Houston (strong health law program). I have also toyed around with the idea of applying for a JD/MPH degree, what do you think would be the usefulness of the two degrees? I would appreciate any feedback! Unless you’re feedback is to avoid going to law school, my heart is set on it and no yahoo comment is going to change my mind :) I’m aware of the terrible legal market and I am up for the challenge! My parents are also prominent attorneys in the OKC area so I have the benefit of connections, which I know is not a guarantee of a job, but can’t hurt! I am not going to law school for the money, but for the true desire to help people and be fulfilled by an intellectually stimulating career! Advice please!
Just to be clear, I am referring to any type of judgeship, not just state and federal. My mother was an administrative law judge for a couple of years when I was a baby in her late 20s and that sounded very interesting and also something I would like to pursue if the other options didn’t arise.

Also, my parents are paying for law school. I will have no debt.

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Answer by cat lover
Your record on scholarly attributes in the conduct of your legal practice will be the major consideration in becoming a judge, and cultivating political links.

After all, most of the Bush Supreme Court appointees were corporate law attorneys. And that didn’t stop them from getting the appointment.

I can’t comment on your path forward, however.

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(Reuters) – The Clorox Co clawed away parts of a class action lawsuit claiming its cat litter advertising was false and misleading on Friday, but a judge refused to scoop away the entire mess.

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A state judge has issued a temporary restraining order blocking the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals from implementing its plan to shift more than 800,000 Medicaid recipients and their $ 2.2 billion in claims to private insurers.

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