So…I'm going to be a real lawyer. :) Our campaign office was located in a law firm and yesterday I went to lunch with the attorneys and they offered me a job. I'll be working mostly with one partner doing labor and employment law. I didn't think that I would want to work in a firm – I always pictured myself at a public defender's office or a legal aid office, but this firm feels right. I've been around the lawyers and the other staff since August and I like the atmosphere. They also spend most of their time helping the little guy, which is really what sold me on them.
One thing I'm looking forward to is the responsibility that I will be able to have here. I'm going to get to do a lot of things that first year lawyers don't usually get to do. And I'll have more flexibility than most new lawyers. The responsibility would have scared me a few months ago, but now I'm ready for it.
The one thing that was holding me back was that I might miss out on an opportunity in DC. I've expressed my interest in staying on with the Obama Administration and I was afraid to let that go. But I was honest and told the lawyers about this concern. They said that if something comes up, I won't be burning any bridges by taking it and going to Washington. So the only thing that would have caused me to hesitate isn't really an issue.
I'm starting tomorrow afternoon. Right back in the exact same office I was working in before. It's crazy the way things work, huh?