February 09, 2016 Articles

Always Be an Advocate

By John Balestriere

Like most of us, I started my legal career when young, in my mid-20s. I'm in my 40s now, with several children, and I can understand (sort of) why my father, at the same age I am now, would call his colleagues in their 20s "kids." I'm a lawyer, and he had a very different job as a manager working for the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (and no matter how much I do know my work matters, I have to keep in mind that at points in his career he had end responsibility for ensuring that huge parts of the city—such as the entire borough of Brooklyn and its two and a half million residents—had clean water when they turned on the tap). But the reality is the same in both of our jobs, and in all professional work: it takes a while to learn how to do any work well, and you only learn well by doing.

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