January 11, 2021 Ask Allison

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Allison Jackson Mathis

Dear Allison,

I have worked as a government attorney for the better part of a decade now, first as a prosecutor, then as a public defender. I love doing criminal work, but the management styles in government offices seem to be either overbearing or underwhelming. I get incredibly frustrated because, while in other jobs I might be able to shrug it off and do my own thing, clients are being hurt by managerial issues like the lack of training or orienting new lawyers, inability to assess professional capabilities in the assignment of cases, and lack of effective resource allocation, in addition to how fraught the hierarchy still is with sexism and racism. I’m not jealous, and I don’t want to supervise other attorneys, but what the heck, (wo)man?

Signed,
Frustrated Francine

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