Pragmatic Gun wrote:Thomas Hagan, ESQ. wrote:Pragmatic Gun wrote:Thomas Hagan, ESQ. wrote:Pragmatic Gun wrote:I guess we're in a similar boat, but I'm already in law school at a T13, and I got a good scholarship package from them. It will make it easier to transition to an ADA job after graduation. I don't think you will have the same options, which is another consideration you should take into account.
Also, since this thread has drawn political types, I may as well ask for advice/whore for attention. What do y'all think of my idea to work as an ADA, move up in the government hierarchy, then run for political office?
Why just ADAs? Why not AUSAs, who seem to have more public presence than ADAs. Plus, AUSAs are much more capable of jumping ship to Biglaw, which is where they work before nabbing a higher govt job later on.
I have considered becoming an AUSA. The thing is, I want to work in NYC, and becoming an AUSA there is competitive and I wouldn't be able to arrive there straight out of law school. I would have to go to a big law firm first, and even then, it would have to be one of the more prestigious ones. Unfortunately, I don't have the grades for a firm that feeds into the USAO of the SDNY or EDNY (the Paul Weisses and the Davis Polkes).
The way I see it, I would rather go the ADA route and then move to an AUSA office.
Gotcha that makes sense. I'm sure you're probably familiar with this as well, since you're a fellow NYer, but it seems like there are different tiers when it comes to DA offices in NYC as well. Seems like Manhattan DA is the top tier, followed by Brooklyn DA.
I honestly have never seen/heard of a political figure coming out of the Queens or Bronx DAs office (please enlighten me if you can think of any off the top of your head) so it seems like Manhattan/Brooklyn DA is the way to go if you want to be in the spotlight for future political aspirations.
*Not counting Staten Island
Dude, I have never heard of the Queens County DA before. The Manhattan DA is in the NY Times and was even interviewed for their magazine a few years ago, but the other counties tend to be low key. However, the previous DA of the Brooklyn Office was known for wanting to increase efforts on police misconduct, so he received more national attention, at least judging from the NYT.
Also, lol at Staten ISland.
Hahaha yeah Manhattan DA is definitely the way to go...although Cyrus Vance is a much higher profile person than the other DAs to begin with (his father is a former secretary of state). So I'm not sure if the spotlight is because he's the Manhattan DA, or if its because he's Cyrus Vance, or both lol