It’s Not Wrong To Be Young Ladies

It’s no surprised that people call them “honey, sweetie, darling” or just “the girls.”  Are they offended by it? Do they laugh at it? It’s unclear, but it appears to push them to show everyone in the courthouse that cute as they might be, they are not to be taken lightly.

Are they as good as they think? Who knows. I certainly hope so. They can’t be faulted for their work ethic if they indeed leave no stone unturned.

Is it hard for two young women to start a criminal defense practice? Of course it is. It has all the problems of two young men, their lack of knowledge and experience, the difficulty in getting clients to trust your skills enough to give you a shot.  But being young females adds an additional dimension to the problems. While the guys, from court officers to clerks to older lawyers, will be happy to help you, that still doesn’t mean they will take you seriously.  That is, until you prove yourself.

The lesson here isn’t just a woman thing, but a young lawyer thing. This is hardly an optimal way to learn how to become a criminal defense lawyer. Whether their self-assessment is accurate, or even anywhere in the ballpark of accurate, can’t be said, especially given that self-assessments are notorious. But they seem to have drive and, with hard work and luck, will make something  of their efforts without causing harm to too many defendants.

It beats the hell out of sitting on the couch in their parents’ basement whining about how they can’t get a job.

5 comments on “It’s Not Wrong To Be Young Ladies

  1. Dr. Sigmund Droid

    For me, there’s nothing better than working with a: 1) smart; 2) competent; and 3) attractive woman who 4) swears like a sailor . . .

    It’s a rare find, indeed, to actually have this combination of attributes in a coworker or a service provider; nevertheless, I have had the pleasure of working with a few people just like that over the years. And these are great resources to have next to you in both the workplace and the marketplace, fer sure . . .

    Though if I’m forced to choose someone with only two of those four attributes, I pick smart and competent every time, as without such features, nearly all of the most important battles are lost before the first shot is even fired . . .

  2. Onlooker

    Admirable. Kudos to them for getting out there and building their own business and gutting it out. I hope they have much success and maintain the (apparently) great relationship they have between them.

  3. Jordan Rushie

    I’m of two minds here…

    Obviously, I watch them and see a lot of my own practice. Often I get “I expected you to be so much older…”

    On the other hand, I don’t think I could have started my own practice without the (albeit insignificant) experience I had – a year clerking for a solo, two years clerking at a big firm, and then four years as an associate. Just the nuts and bolts stuff.

    That said, starting my own practice has made me a way, way better lawyer. Being responsible for the entire case from start to finish. The responsibility is overwhelming at times, but if you’re willing to accept it, I feel like you’re so much more equipped than a traditional associate to handle just about anything.

    There are days when I contemplate going back to work for someone else, but it never lasts that long.

  4. SHG

    Just so I’m clear, does the “I’m of two minds here” relate in any way to the rest of your comment or is that just a random admission?

  5. Jordan Rushie

    I don’t necessarily think it’s a good idea for recent graduates to start solo practices right out of law school.

    Personally, I lacked the maturity and experience. It would have been a disaster.

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