"My dad is an artist. Photography, drawing and carving are his first loves. He couldn't monetize them though, so he worked in a steel mill to provide for our family. I always admired that sense of responsibility and putting others first. In the steel industry, strikes are common. When I was 14 years old, my dad was on strike for 90 days and we were struggling financially as a result,” says Christopher J. Cabott '05 as he discusses what made him want to become a lawyer.
“Despite having the utmost respect for his union, I didn't understand how someone as responsible as my dad was not able to have control over whether or not he worked. Simultaneously, I developed an appreciation for those that were able to monetize their God-given talents in the arts and sports, because I saw that my dad's talent alone wasn't enough to succeed with his creative gifts.”
Seeing his father struggle made Chris want to help those who had similar talents achieve their dreams. "I wanted to get in to law to help others and make a difference. I found that I could help others the most and make the biggest difference where they were looking to make a career out of their God-given talents," he says, adding, "By the grace of God I had the chance to do that and become an entertainment and sports attorney. I was even more fortunate to attend Widener University School of Law to receive the education necessary to pursue my dreams."
A graduate of LaSalle University, Chris came to Widener with high expectations and a desire to succeed. He observes, "It was a rewarding experience for me. I didn't get into this for money. I got into it to help people. To be around a faculty, staff and student body of similar values was comforting. Widener quickly became a second home during my law school years."
During his time at Widener, Chris took advantage of a number of extra-curricular opportunities, including participating in the Sports and Entertainment Law Society
and the Student Bar Association
. During his third-year, he served as President of the SBA and captained the winning team at the 2005 National Sports Law Moot Court Competition in New Orleans, Louisiana; also winning the competition's Outstanding Oral Advocate award.
As for what he appreciated most about his time in law school, Chris sights the sense of community, saying, "Law school can be pretentious. It wasn't here. I made a new family of professors, colleagues, and fellow students. I value Widener. I love Widener. I love the faculty and the staff - everyone. That's what I enjoy. I'm a proud member of the Widener family. I'd like to help Widener develop a world-class entertainment and sports law curriculum and outlet for aspiring students. It's the least that I can do to give back to a community that welcomed me with open arm and dreamed my dreams."
Chris knew that he wanted a career in entertainment and sports law, and volunteering for Philadelphia attorney Lloyd Z. Remick helped provide a path to his goal. Remick served as a mentor, and when Chris graduated, he took a job with the Law Offices of Lloyd Z. Remick and Zane Management.
"I was excited to practice, and confident in my vision of a client-first, service oriented practice," says Chris, who is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
As for the best part of his job, Chris says, "Helping people and making a difference in their lives. That has been my goal since I was 14 years old. By the grace of God that's what I wake up seeking to do daily.”
Widener Law provided Chris with the tools he needed to succeed. He cites "the writing, the reading, and the research," in particular, saying, "Everything I learned at Widener is at the foundation of my practice on a daily level."
Chris advises future law students, "Study hard. Work hard. Get experience as early as possible, even if you have to work without pay. The earlier you can get that experience, the better. Sometimes the value of internships is that you find out what you don't want to do, and that's often as valuable as finding out what you do want to do. Most important, you acquire skills. Having a unique skill set provides demand in economies. When you combine skills with Widener's education, the race of life becomes you versus your potential, which I think is incredibly exciting."