November 15, 2018

I recently found myself attending an arraignment for a client in a local town court. This is unusual for me because, as a rule, I don't practice criminal law. It was a one-time favor for an established client, and although I don't see a future for myself in criminal law, I am so grateful that I took this one case on, because it gave me a real glimpse into how truly fantastic the women lawyers who are in the trenches practicing criminal law are. 

As a background, you have to imagine a jam-packed town court - standing room only, with a line of locals out the door waiting to be heard on anything from small claims, to evictions to arraignments on criminal matters. At the front of the courtroom, next to the Judge's bench, sit the prisoner transports - unfortunate folks who are currently in custody and have been transported by law enforcement to the Court for arraignment. They wear prison-type jumpsuits and are shackled. Next, there are the at...

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