Monday, April 09, 2007

These Clients We Defend

Woman of the Law is the subject of this week's Monday Musings at Public Defender Stuff. It's a great read, all-around, but one part of her comments really got me. She was having a discussion with a law professor who did capital defense work, and the issue of why she thought she might want to be a prosecutor came up. She told the professor about the abused kids she had worked with as a social worker, and how frustrated she would get with how the system dealt with them, and the professor responded, "These clients that we defend - they were your kids once. And this is where they ended up. This is what the system did for them."

Wow. So very true. So many of the kids I work with are being abused, and the system fails to protect them at every turn. And I often find myself hoping and praying that they don't end up where this professor's clients have.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got the shivers when I read that line. It's so spot-on.

4/09/2007 1:37 PM  
Blogger 123txpublicdefender123 said...

Me, too. It just hits you right in the face, doesn't it?

4/09/2007 2:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read this and have repeated the quote several times. It's true, and I plan on using it in court very soon, as I'm sure it'll have an effect.

dave in omaha

4/11/2007 11:11 AM  

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