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I finally have managed to withdraw from all of my cases. It adamb03/10/17
Congrats on obtaining a coveted gubmint position. Hopefully flharfh03/10/17
Well - I will need something to keep me busy between filing adamb03/10/17
By the way - I noticed that many ADAs have spouses who also adamb03/10/17
adamb (Mar 10, 2017 - 1:48 pm)

I finally have managed to withdraw from all of my cases. It was harder than it sounds -- especially since, after starting the new job, I could not communicate with former clients who still are being prosecuted by my office. So I needed to plan carefully to avoid leaving some clients high and dry.

I am glad that I foresaw some of the complications and therefore requested a four week delay from the original start date even though it technically cost me two paychecks (basically, my new boss wanted me to start ASAP).

Interestingly, a special prosecutor may be required in one major case since that client apparently has not given written consent through a new attorney regarding the odd conflict issues that could arise from future proceedings.

The conflict issues were interesting -- and hopefully this experience provides some heads up for anyone here who ends up "switching sides" or, in civil work, switching from one agency/firm to another where the new employer may be connected to a prior adversary.

Edit: Admin reached out to me recently to make sure that I had not perished - so I also thought that I'd mention that I still am lurking, I'm just busy. I have been busy with handling some difficult family issues, ending my practice, starting a new high-pressure job, and moving to the edge of LI/Queens. I pay city rent, but my commute is actually shorter than if I lived in Brooklyn or Queens. I live across from a major train hub, and my building is excellent (a place like this one would cost almost double in the city). I have appreciated the votes of confidence here. While it will be really, really nice to have real live colleagues and work friends -- I did not realize how isolating solo practice with a non-attorney spouse can get -- it still is worth mentioning the value of this community.

I honestly don't mean to sound corny, but this board, particularly the law forum, has provided great advice and support over the years, particulary during some of the lonelier darker times (2011-2014 had too many of those difficult time periods).

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flharfh (Mar 10, 2017 - 1:54 pm)

Congrats on obtaining a coveted gubmint position. Hopefully you can poast more when you get established there.

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adamb (Mar 10, 2017 - 1:56 pm)

Well - I will need something to keep me busy between filing my nails and jotting down canned plea offers.

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adamb (Mar 10, 2017 - 1:55 pm)

By the way - I noticed that many ADAs have spouses who also work as ADAs (usually in another borough). And others have spouses in firms. It appears that a substantially plurality of ADAs met their spouses in law skool.

As a solo with a non-attorney husband who could not stand my monologues about Fourth Amendment labyrinths or about the intricacies of preservation, this board was pretty much my only outlet. My only close attorney friend does not litigate. Essentially, he is a real estate broker now. Good money, but nothing in common with what I do.

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