No one expected I would become an attorney. I earned my master’s in clinical psychology and began a doctoral program in the same subject before realizing that I should become a lawyer. Let me explain…
The mind fascinates me. It always has. So, when pressed to select a field of study, of course, I chose psychology. Later, I realized that the only practical application of psychology which interested me was research, and really, that would not affect the world at large. I would simply be writing academic journals for the pleasure of other psychologists, and I thought, “What’s the purpose of understanding psychological theories if they don’t impact real lives?”
I needed a concrete outlet for the knowledge I had gained, and I ultimately found it through examining my father’s own profession: the law. Suddenly, I recognized that there were many commonalities between litigation and psychology that I had never noticed before. First and foremost, understanding how the brain works allows you present more effectively in trial. It also allows witnesses to more easily open up to you during cross-examinations and gives you the power to better guide your own clients through the process. I saw that being an attorney would grant me the freedom to continue doing the research I loved, while also providing a pragmatic way to solve real-world problems. Needless to say, the decision I had to make was clear: leave my Ph.D. program and apply for law school.
Not once have I ever regretted my decision. Throughout my career thus far, I have dedicated time to creating systems to help my clients better understand the law. I find that by taking away surprises, you take away some of their fear, and that’s certainly what I strive to do. And when questions do arise, I make myself available to answer them. Although my practice keeps me busy, I update my clients as often as possible. Once we establish a professional relationship, I give out my personal cell phone number and do my best to be there whenever they need me.
You’ll find me texting my clients throughout the weekend. I’m definitely not just a 9 - 5 attorney.