A typical day at work is something of an adventure. After preparing for numerous trials and other hearings (bond, motions, etc.), it was rewarding to see the preparation bear fruit, whether that meant the result was a well-negotiated settlement, a reduction of charges to something far more appropriate, or to simply getting a proper outcome under the circumstances. My co-workers have the highest levels of professionalism, and we have melded well to have a nearly self-sufficient team, assisting and educating each other. Management has recognized the successes of our team and the fact that management nearly never needs to intervene in any situation.
The two most difficult aspects of being a public defender are those cases in which the attorney is convinced of their client's innocence - particularly when a conviction occurs - and appellate work. The most enjoyable parts is seeing the face of a juvenile who has either changed his or her life for the better and has an attitude reflecting hope and gratitude, and when a particularly difficult case results in a finding of not guilty.