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Career Choice Series

County Attorneys

Note: This is not for CLE.  Live webinars are free and open to the public. The recorded program and materials are exclusively for ABA members.

The Career Choice Series is designed to help you choose your career path. Whether you’re a law student, young lawyer, or transitioning attorney, find out what it’s like to work in various practice areas and the best way to position yourself to get there.


If you’ve been considering a career as a public lawyer, consider working for a local government at the county level. There are county-level public law offices that prosecute individuals for criminal offenses under the auspices of an elected county attorney, state’s attorney, or district attorney; that function as the in-house law firm for the county government under an elected or appointed official; and some that do both! Some offices are larger and allow lawyers to specialize in particular areas, while others are small and require lawyers who are comfortable handing a variety of matters. So there’s something for everyone, whether you’re interested in criminal law, civil law, or haven’t made your mind up yet. You could be litigating civil suits in a variety of practice areas (from contract law to regulatory enforcement), reviewing contracts, advising local government, or prosecuting those accused of criminal offenses. Get a peek into this exciting world of government work. Our speakers will provide invaluable insight into how they became county-level government lawyers, the pros and cons of their practices, the variations in practice among different public law offices, and what a typical day in their practice entails.


Donna Y. Frazier, Caddo Parrish Attorney, Shreveport, LA

Regina L. Nassen, Deputy County Attorney, Civil Division, Pima County Attorney’s Office (“PCAO”), Tucson, AZ


Skip Horne, Special Consultant to the Dean at Santa Clara Law,  Palm Springs, CA


ABA Career CenterYoung Lawyers Division, Law Student Division, and Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division 

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