Before starting my law practice, I served as a public defender in King and Snohomish Counties. Looking back, I can now say that public defense was the hardest yet most rewarding of jobs in my career.
Why was it rewarding? Honestly, I enjoyed learning through the trial by fire. I had my first jury trial the second week on the job, days after meeting my client. Two months later, I was managing hundreds of active criminal defense cases.
But while I was grinding it out, I wasn’t alone. Surrounding me were some of the smartest and most generous people I’ve encountered. I learned a lot from my fellow public defenders and now I want to share some of those teachings with you.
These are 5 Things I Learned To Do as a Public Defender and that You Can Do Too.