Lawyers leave Big Law for various reasons. Cherokee lawyer and playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle said her desire to continue her grandfather’s struggle for Native American sovereignty told her it was time to go.

Nagle, who practiced commercial litigation at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, left the firm in 2015 to write “Sovereignty,” the first Native American play produced at Washington’s Arena Stage and Nagle’s entry into the mainstream of American playwrights.

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