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  • Law Office of Tylden Shaeffer - San Antonio

How did you get your job?

I found this job by looking in CORE. I followed the requirements listed in the posting to apply. I got a call within a week from Tylden’s assistant setting me up for an interview.

What was the most surprising thing you discovered at your job?

The most surprising thing was to learn that in such an adversarial and tense environment everybody gets along and is cordial to each other. Both defense attorneys and prosecutors want justice to be done, and they want it done right.

What do you like the most about your job?

I like that I am challenged every day I am in the office. I always have an interesting case or project to work on. Tylden gives me a lot of latitude when it comes to work. He treats me like an attorney and he guides and mentors me to improve my work.

How do you think this experience has helped you in your career path?

After my second semester in law school, I knew I wanted to practice criminal law. I worked at the District Attorney’s office my 1L summer and during Fall of my 2L year. I gained an appreciation of what prosecutors do and what it takes to represent the government in criminal matters. When I left and started working for Tylden Shaeffer, I understood that there is an entirely different side to criminal law. It is your job to ensure that an accused is fairly treated and that all the laws are followed.

Working on both sides of the aisle taught me the advantages and challenges of both sides of criminal law. I have done a lot while working with Tylden; from reviewing evidence, doing research and writing motions, visiting clients in and out of detention facilities, talking to the client’s family, to going to court to argue motions and helping during trial. Tylden makes sure I understand the life of a case and how to work it. It has been the most rewarding work experience I have had.

What is the most valuable thing you learned at this job?

The most valuable thing I learned is that when things are not going the right way, and nobody is willing to do the right thing, you have to step up to the plate and make things right.

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