I Didn’t Find My Career,
It Found Me.
At some point or a dozen, we have all asked ourselves, “How the hell did I end up here?” I’m no different.
I’ve lived in more houses than I can count, and worked just as many jobs, only to find myself in law school 1,000 miles away from my home. If you had asked me then what my plan was, I wouldn’t have had an answer. There was no plan – only to keep going forward. And because of that, I can say my career found me, not the other way around.
Maybe I’d be a legal writer. Or maybe I’d spend my days researching. Maybe just draft contracts, or possibly be an administrator.
That’s not how it worked out.
Instead, I found myself surrounded by litigation. Which for a person who had a fear of public speaking, was shocking (terrifying, actually). But I fell in love with it. In love with telling other people’s stories. That love pushed me to find internships where I could be connected to others and be in court. Much to my surprise, they were in criminal law – an area I had not previously considered – and everything seemed to click.
After leaving law school at Michigan State, and gaining experience both at prosecutors’ and defense attorneys’ offices, I became a Marion County Assistant Public Defender in Indianapolis. There, I was able to represent hundreds of people. It began in general misdemeanor but soon moved up to minor felony positions. While I was only there a year, I tried over 25 cases, 5 of which went to a jury verdict.
Eventually, I ended up at The Criminal Defense Team after my year as a public defender purely by happenstance, further affirming that I was simply meant to be a Criminal Trial Attorney. The Team was a great fit for me– they love what they do and they do it well. Each case is a collaboration among several attorneys, and I get to delve into what I love every day.
I was, and am still, so excited that they welcomed me to the Team with open arms.