When I grow up…

You ever sit there and imagine what you could be doing one day? Not what you wish you could be doing like a dream job, but you could see yourself legitimately ending up as?

As some of you know, I’m taking my final class here at UA, and it’s an early American history class (pre-Civil War). We started talking about the constitution in our class, and I am well too versed in the First Amendment. Our professor started talking about how the amendment is worded and such, and I kinda tuned out because…I had heard this at least a million times with the whole “freedom of speech and of the press” thing in my journalism classes.

While I was tuned out and zoned out, I started thinking…

“You know…I could see myself as a First Amendment lawyer some day.”

Wait, what? Me, a lawyer? Yeah right.

However, I started thinking about it, and I really could see myself as a lawyer that is hell bent on protecting the freedoms in the First Amendment. I started thinking about the phrase I wrote on my “About” page that I said I live by – “While I may not agree with what you say, I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.”

And that’s completely true.

Now, when it comes to all this, uh, law stuff, I don’t really have a clue what the hell is going on. But I do know what the First Amendment says, and I, like every Supreme Court Justice, have my own opinion on what it exactly means. As a journalist, I was taught, (and I believe), that the First Amendment means exactly what it says. There is a difference in beliefs and morals, and then what is set into motion in law by the Constitution and the Supreme Court. I started getting heavily involved with thinking how I would defend cases and such, then I thought, “Wait, what the heck am I doing? I’ll never go to law school…”

Then I snapped back to reality and realized the classroom was empty and class had been over for 15 minutes.

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Jon Lunceford is a sports media broadcaster and digital professional. Jon is a graduate of the University of Alabama school of journalism, and played football at Birmingham-Southern College. He has also won two AHSAA Football State Championships while at Homewood High School and was a two-time World Cyber Games Team USA representative. He currently hosts Primetime on WJOX 94.5 and runs the high school athletics site JoxPreps.


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