FlanAl wrote: spleenworship wrote: Anonymous User wrote:
FlanAl wrote:But the emotional toll is crushing. If you have any empathy at all, being a PD sucks. Its nearly impossible. Its not about dedication, or "serving the indigent", or how hard you are willing to work. Everyone who lasts more than a couple months at a PD's office is dedicated and a hard worker. Its just about endurance and compartmentalization.
I don't buy this shit. If you think the emotional toll of being a PD is crushing, try washing dishes or graveyard shift security or construction or flipping burgers at Whattaburger or wiping someone's ass as a home health aide. You know, the jobs your clients work. If you can't handle being a PD, you probably couldn't have handled prosecution or biglaw or any other legal job either.
And I'm pretty sure you're an idiot. The joy of all of those except ass wiping is that you have very little responsibility and you don't have to worry about fucking up someone's life.
Yea, I've worked in fast food restaurants, grocery stores, etc. Those jobs have their own challenges (the poverty, the crushing boredom). Just pointing out to all the prospective PDs that it is an extraordinarily stressful job, even by attorney standards.
And I'm still a PD, and I fully intend to be a PD for the foreseeable future.
I may have been self-indulgent and overstated my case in the original post, but I stand by my point. Empathy is a killer in a PD's office. I've seen a lot of dedicated, caring people with the perfect public defender resume burn out within just a few months of being on the job.
But I'll try to be more helpful to the people in this thread, I'll answer questions if anybody asks. I've been a full-time PD for roughly two years, with internships in PD's offices and in other, non-trial attorney offices. Never worked as a prosecutor or interned in a prosecutors office.