I am an attorney with the Innocence Project, Co-Founder of Life After Justice, and advocate for criminal justice reform.
Day to Day
I spend most days as an attorney working on a variety of cases including trials, arrests & arraignments, sentencing, and sentence modification. It involves reading and researching the case I am working on, getting to know my client, and then developing a defense or prosecution depending on the case. I also work with the Innocence Project to review potential false imprisonment cases and bring those back to trial to get them overturned.
Skills & Qualities Beyond School
Knowing how to communicate effectively is crucial. You have to build relationships and network. You never know when you are going to meet someone who will help you become someone.
Advice for Getting Started
Here's the first step for high school students
Going to community college is a great first step to get your foot in the door and help you build the relationships needed to succeed. Getting an AA in something general like Liberal Arts sets you up to study almost anything you want.
My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took: