Anonymous User wrote:Besides Prosecutor/PD/PI work, is there any way a young attorney might have the opportunity to speak in a courtroom? Or is it reserved for older partners? I'm a bit stuck on which route to pursue because I think I'd like litigation, but I want to speak and present ideas etc.
Present ideas to court? Probs not for a while. If you work with the right shareholders, often times, they will let you pipe in on strategy stuff. You just have to do it at the right time and sound like you know things. On the whole, the shareholders at my firm are very receptive to ideas and talking about different ways to approach things/potential issues I think need more research, based on what I've seen so far.
As for getting into court, if you do pro bono or take on smaller value cases that have high volume (think: foreclosures, consumer protection stuff, etc.), you can find yourself in a courtroom. This stuff tends to be pretty basic, and the bank clients don't mind letting juniors take the reigns on this stuff. I've been working for almost three months and Wednesday will be my second hearing (the first was not substantive, so it really shouldn't even count. I basically got to bill for driving my car somewhere, standing up, saying my name, and telling the judge the parties have reached an agreement during arbitration that will be finalized in the next two weeks. Next one is substantive). I get to help with a pro bono trial in January as well. So, random stuff like that can be done, you just won't do anything that is worth much.