When Pennsylvania resident Carolyn Newsom decided to go to law school at age 68, she wasn’t the only one there who was making a midlife career change. A half-dozen women with her at the Widener University School of Law were at least 40 years old. They called themselves the Ladies Justice.
“It was great to have a group of women to be supportive of one another,” said Newsom in this article appearing in The Intelligencer. She passed the Pennsylvania and New Jersey bar exams in 2012.
At age 72, she’s started a law practice that focuses on estate planning. It’s her third business venture. Previously, she had two consulting practices based upon expertise she cultivated during her earlier careers with IBM and an international consulting firm.
“I sort of reinvent myself every seven to ten years,” said Newsom, who also volunteers Wills for Heroes. The nonprofit, born from the September 11th tragedies, caters to first responders. Newsom was on the 44th floor of the North Tower when the first plane hit it.
By all accounts, Newsom has earned some time to relax. But apparently she has no plans to do so.
“My goal is to never retire,” she said. “I can’t imagine what retirement would be like.”