For the past two spring semesters I've taught a class on solo law practice management at the University of Maine School of Law. Basically, the University recognizes that in today's challenging job market, new graduates often have a hard time finding work at a law firm so they need skills and information that will help them strike out on their own if they choose that path.
This semester is nearly over - just three weeks left. Each year I've had lawyers with relevant experience come in to speak to the class about their views and experiences on solo and small firm practice. We have had some interesting guests this year. Yesterday a very experienced prosecutor came in to give the students a sense of what does and does not strike her as effective defense lawyering.
It was an illuminating view into the philosophy of a prosecutor. Contrary to the easy belief that prosecutors have hearts of stone (if they have hearts at all) it is clear that although we often disagree about the right outcome, the right level of responsibility, and the way to interpret the facts of a case, prosecutors share with defense counsel the desire to do the right thing and make sure justice is done.