Tuesday, May 14, 2013
You know, it is hard for me to be in court. I am naturally reclusive, hate criticism, and am, at best, a mediocre planner.
However, as prosecuting attorney, I must, of course, not only appear in court, but plan and prosecute cases. This is not easy for me. In fact, I cannot imagine why I ever thought I could do this.
But, you see, I knew it was time for me to step out of my comfort zone. I was 50 years old, doing my last three years of home educating my girls, and I was looking forward to traveling with my husband to his work sites.
But, he had another suggestion: go to law school!! WHOA! Are you kidding? And how can I put this off? Are you sure? No one in either family was an attorney. And, I was 50 years old!
So, after some discussion, I decided to attend our local community college and ultimately earned my post-baccalaureate certificate in legal assisting. Of course, by then, I knew I did not want to be a legal assistant.
So, I applied to law school, and only one accepted me. I thought, for sure, that there was some age discrimination there, but, hey! Who cares?
So, I went to law school on the weekends (drove to Lansing, Michigan every weekend from central Ohio), graduated in 3 years, took the Ohio bar exam and passed it the first time. So, I was an attorney at age 53. Now what?
So, against everything that I thought I could do, I opened my own law office. I took in a partner for a short time (3 weeks), but then did everything on my own.
Eventually, about 14 months later, I was hired by the prosecutor that I had a number of trials with. Ever since that time, I have participated in roughly 20 hearings a week. Some are easier than the others. Some are just plain difficult. Not so much in terms of proving the case, but in terms of human relations. I actually had to tell a defense attorney today (he was simply doing what he had to do) to stop yelling - that yelling would not help anyone.
WHEW. I hated having to say that, on the record, to an esteemed member of the bar. Anyway, today was difficult, and I ended up in tears at one point during the day (not on the record of in front of the judge). But, wow.