Celebrating 10 years! 2007-2017

Criminal Defense to Prosecution

"You don't know the power of the dark side!" (etc.) After adamb01/04/17
May your first child be a masculine child! mtobeinf01/04/17
Congrats, adamb! 3lol01/04/17
Hey congrats man. Getting yourself out of the rat race which cocolawyer01/04/17
Congratulations, Adam! How about that? You got experienc jeffm01/04/17
Nice man. Congrats. And funny how it works out that way eh mtobeinf01/04/17
Congrats Adamb!I know you wanted out of the solo grind! confused1l9301/04/17
As a wise jedi-master former dean once advised: "network." adamb01/04/17
Congratulations. That means we are not going to cross path prodigy01/04/17
After all the trash talk you brought to the table about ADAs shikes01/04/17
To be honest, Shikes, I am friends with many prosecutors. It adamb01/05/17
Awesome man congratulations! But as a defense attorney I thirdtierlaw01/04/17
Congrats! I think we came out of school around the same time trollfeeder01/04/17
Congrats Adam. I always enjoy your posts and I'm not surp tigers152601/04/17
"then I guess I have beaten many odds in this law school/new sanka01/05/17
Agreed - my circumstances and pathway here are rare. adamb01/05/17
Congrats Adam - you're a great resource for us who at least sjlawyer01/05/17
Congrats adamb! From your posts here, you are clearly a har blackholelaw01/05/17
Congrats Adamb. I too have to add that at times you have bee a8464801/05/17
adamb (Jan 4, 2017 - 5:43 pm)

"You don't know the power of the dark side!" (etc.)

After a series of unexpected events, I interviewed for a lateral ADA position in the city. I was skipped to the final meeting with the DA within a month of my submitting the application. My recent trial that was judged, coincidentally, by the DA's friend, and my numerous felony trials and Court of Appeals win made the process very fast. The time between the application and the offer was less than 90 days, they will pay me as if I worked there for five years, and I will lateral to the felony trial bureau by the end of the winter.

I am very excited. Even though they want me to start yesterday, they have allowed significant help and flexibility with having me transfer active cases to other defense attorneys and with otherwise winding down my practice.

I loved being a defense attorney. But solo practice, especially as a young attorney with no help, was brutal. No benefits as a solo means that the big retainers get drained fast just to pay bills. Those problems are now past.

I realize that being a busy prosecutor in one of the busiest (and most sought after) jurisdictions will present many new challenges. But boy am I ready.

And after the tough last year with personal issues in addition to the solo grind, this development in my career feels right.

So, if you consider a new attorney going solo out of law school, getting a lot of good experience over the years while treading water financially, but landing on his feet with a good mid-level ADA job in a very competitive market where everyone wants such jobs - then I guess I have beaten many odds in this law school/new attorney zero-sum game.

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mtobeinf (Jan 4, 2017 - 9:28 pm)

May your first child be a masculine child!

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3lol (Jan 4, 2017 - 5:57 pm)

Congrats, adamb!

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cocolawyer (Jan 4, 2017 - 6:06 pm)

Hey congrats man. Getting yourself out of the rat race which is private practice is a life changing blessing.

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jeffm (Jan 4, 2017 - 6:35 pm)

Congratulations, Adam!

How about that? You got experience from being a solo so you could get a job that requires experience. Most people think it has to be the other way around.

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mtobeinf (Jan 4, 2017 - 6:48 pm)

Nice man. Congrats. And funny how it works out that way eh

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confused1l93 (Jan 4, 2017 - 6:52 pm)

Congrats Adamb!I know you wanted out of the solo grind!

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adamb (Jan 4, 2017 - 7:26 pm)

As a wise jedi-master former dean once advised: "network."

Edit: in all serious, thanks for the votes of confidence.

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prodigy (Jan 4, 2017 - 7:28 pm)

Congratulations. That means we are not going to cross path in Suffolk. I wondered why you were so quiet over the last couple of weeks. I wish you the best of luck, on your new journey.

I am sure with your confidence and copious experience you have gained here in the Suburbs will translate well in the city. The city is more aggressive, however. I am certain you will fit right in. I think you will be happier minus the commute. You can sleep easier knowing that a pay check is guaranteed.

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shikes (Jan 4, 2017 - 7:36 pm)

After all the trash talk you brought to the table about ADAs on this board over the years, I pray you can adapt. Now you'll get to experience the squeeze of unhappy witnesses/judges/cops/political figures. I have done both prosecution and defense, and I truly believe defense is MUCH easier.

Good luck, ADA work was the best job I ever had. Just couldn't really do anything else I wanted in life with the salary.

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adamb (Jan 5, 2017 - 8:31 am)

To be honest, Shikes, I am friends with many prosecutors. It is the misdemeanor self-important K-JD white kids I often cannot stand. The experienced prosecutors almost always are cool. More balanced, less arrogant. Fortunately, here, the pay for a lateral is pretty good, definitely a livable wage for the city. And good benefits. But yeah - ADA/PD jobs often have terrible pay, especially in smaller jurisdictions or red states.

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thirdtierlaw (Jan 4, 2017 - 7:39 pm)

Awesome man congratulations!

But as a defense attorney I'll say, you'll be back. Go make your government salary, get your pension, but just know that one day you'll join the "good guys" again.

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trollfeeder (Jan 4, 2017 - 7:54 pm)

Congrats! I think we came out of school around the same time period, and having soloed for a brief time, I give you a lot of credit for sticking it out as long as you have. Welcome to the wonderful world of public service.

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tigers1526 (Jan 4, 2017 - 9:17 pm)

Congrats Adam.

I always enjoy your posts and I'm not surprised that you earned your way into the position.

Stay hungry and motivated, I think it has served you well to this point.

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sanka (Jan 5, 2017 - 5:33 am)

"then I guess I have beaten many odds in this law school/new attorney zero-sum game."

The lesson learned that your job offer is the "exception that proves the rule" should not be lost on un-/under-employed JD aspirants.

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adamb (Jan 5, 2017 - 8:24 am)

Agreed - my circumstances and pathway here are rare.

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sjlawyer (Jan 5, 2017 - 8:55 am)

Congrats Adam - you're a great resource for us who at least dabble in criminal. On the plus side, it's always nice to see a prosecutor who gets the defense aspect of the exchange. I'm sure you'll be a welcome relief to some of your colleague/adversaries.

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blackholelaw (Jan 5, 2017 - 11:35 am)

Congrats adamb! From your posts here, you are clearly a hard worker and I'm glad it has paid off for you. Now, sign up for IBR and immediately start counting down those 120 payments!

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a84648 (Jan 5, 2017 - 9:12 pm)

Congrats Adamb. I too have to add that at times you have been harsh to some of us prosecutors. However, I am excited for you as prosecution is a great job. I am sure you bring a lot to the table and hiring you was an easy decision.

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