Why Going Private Could Be the Key to Protecting Your Clients' Rights and Driving Systemic Change
Transitioning from a public defender to a private attorney is a significant decision that may not be suitable for everyone. The purpose of this information is not to encourage all public defenders to become private attorneys. However, it is evident from conversations with public defenders that they are deeply committed to promoting systemic change within the legal system and safeguarding the rights of their clients and the broader community. In light of these aspirations, public defenders must weigh the advantages and disadvantages of pursuing a career as a private attorney, which may help drive progress and enhance the criminal legal system as a whole.