Working at Rutgers Law was a fantastic experience. I got to work with some exceptionally bright, talented and motivated law students and help them develop into practice-ready attorneys. My students and I represented clients who were incarcerated in federal prison, and we assisted them with a variety of legal matters in both civil and criminal courts.
A good lawyer will always learn something from an experience. So what did I learn as a legal services attorney and clinical professor? Many things. First and foremost was this: clients who have a good attorney almost always get a better outcome than clients who don't. Another thing: there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Lawyers have to take the time to listen to their clients and learn all the facts of each client's case. As an attorney, if you don't devote time to a case, you may still get a good result -- sometimes. But eventually, an unprepared lawyer will have an unhappy client.
I'll write more soon on the value of trust in the attorney-client relationship. For now, it's back to work.