« on: April 11, 2009, 12:53:16 AM »
I'm going to guess that because it's April people must be stressing. So, the following comments should be given as little deference as they should be in the grand scheme of the entire universe.
Who in god's name said that either jalex or myself saw this opportunity as resume builders or that any of your other rationales even apply? First, if someone is curious for advice, there is no need to give a snappy, trite response. He asked a legit question. Second, if you think it's some larger issue with the biglaw world that people at elite schools live in, then that's an issue in your world. Rest assured, in the world of lesser ranked law schools that I live in, there are always legitimate worries as to whether a DA/AG will take you if you've done defense work.
Moreover, your comments about people who do indigent defense indicates to me that you may not have ever talked to an attorney who works for the FPD, since many of them (the ones who aren't brief writers straight out of school) have come after years and decades of doing private practice work after clerking for judges. They don't all wear white hats; they all have families who need to be fed. If they would deem me qualified enough to join their ranks out of school, so be it. If they don't, then maybe I can make a decent salary for once in my life since I'm no longer in Army, and then with some experience they will let me join the ranks. In any event, whether you are a 1L, 2L, 3L, or a graduate, you should learn the lesson to move on and not comment if you do not have something illuminating to say. Playing dime-store-internet-psychologist is not flattering no matter who or what you are.