What is the pessimistic view of which you speak?
Maybe that wasn't the right word. I was referring to their experience, that, while they got jobs, they felt that they didn't do as well as they would have if they had been younger. (KMaine saying "but think I would have gotten more offers if I were younger", JazzOne saying "I had a real tough time at OCI despite having terrific grades. I often suspected that my age had something to do with it," etc.)
This was not my experience. Mine was quite the opposite where I felt I was getting more opportunities. Since the best we can do here is give anecdotes, I just wanted to share my experience that the vast majority of employers (all BigLaw) I interviewed with responded very well to my non-trad resume -- better than my grades would have predicted.
I'm not trying to argue with other's experiences, or even with the point that non-trads (actually everyone, I think) should look their resume and play up strengths and minimize possible weaknesses. All I was trying to do was throw another data point up there.
Now that being said, I think I may be more pessimistic than most about whether or not law school as a non-trad is a good idea, even if you do get the job in the end.