What makes a great lawyer? Part of it is competitiveness. Notre Dame has an intramural boxing program that students participate in for charity. One of my mentees is in the heavyweight finals. Think he would be competitive in a lawsuit. My co-blogger was on the UCLA National Championship Tennis Team. He is always in the game. I like hiring athletes, debaters and people with political backgrounds (regardless of parties). They know how to win. And when they lose they know how to get up and fight again.