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Pittsburgh Marine works toward law career

Lance Cpl. Jeremiah Irwin, the legal chief with Regimental Combat Team 7, is responsible for assisting the RCT-7 lawyers with legal research and daily tasks. After the Marine Corps, Irwin, a 21-year-old native of Pittsburgh, plans to pursue his dream of becoming a lawyer. “I’ve always been intrigued with the body of law and justice system in America,” Irwin said. “The attorneys I work for influence me daily and make me strive to become a lawyer.”

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This work, Pittsburgh Marine works toward law career, by Sgt Ned Johnson, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:07.30.2013

Date Posted:07.30.2013 11:59

Photo ID:984463



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