For some, pursuing a career in baseball is a clear line of sight from the beginning.
For others, happenstance causes the game to fall into their lap.
For Katie Pothier (RLaw '92), it was the latter.
Born and raised in New Jersey, Pothier developed an interest in the legal system, which led her to attend Douglass College at Rutgers University, at the time an all-female college. Pothier completed her undergraduate degree in history in 1989 before transitioning to Rutgers Law School in Camden, N.J.
At that time, there were no classes geared toward sports law at Rutgers.
“I didn’t know that teams had lawyers,” Pothier said. “Maybe at that time, not many teams did have in-house lawyers. Some did. The in-house departments now have ballooned.
“I had no idea that this role existed, and it was not even on my radar of things, of careers, to consider at the time,” Pothier said. “So litigation is what I focused on. I went to work in a firm and handled different cases and trained to be a litigator.”