I practice criminal defence law for three reasons:
- I feel keeping the powers of the State strictly limited is extremely important. What I do is to hold the government accountable for any use of prosecutorial power against a person. From time to time, this involves defending people who are factually guilty. And yet, by forcing the State to justify each and every step it takes, in even the most unpleasant cases, I feel I can protect us all from the dangerous unchecked, unjustified use of power. A strong criminal defence bar is an important line of defence against totalitarianism.
- I like helping people. My years of practice and my academic training provide me with the tools take on someone else’s problems when they can’t handle it any more. I enjoy making their troubles go away.
- I am very competitive. I love playing the game and winning. No game is as complex as a serious criminal case. And no win is as sweet as a courtroom victory.
I feel keeping the powers of the State strictly limited is extremely important.