Originally Posted by Piobaire
You know I'm a civilian but somehow I just never figured BigLaw would have a department where they've got someone fresh out of school pleading criminal cases (as he's indicated he has). I figured BigLaw was more business oriented?
Generally, yes. I was just using that as a benchmark. As I said, there are so many details about his BS posts (which he appears to have gone back and edited heavily) that don't even make sense that I doubt about he's even a lawyer.
That's why it's a bit hard to suss out what his schtick actually is.
But you're generally right. Outside of a pretty small group of folks in the white collar niche, most BigLaw firms don't handle much criminal work at all. If a second year associate were handling appellate arguments (in a real court as opposed to a school mock court program or something, which seems far more likely here), it most likely would be through some sort of pro bono or mentoring opportunity program. And if he were arguing and
winning (or losing for that matter -- just seeing a result) within a two-year career, he'd have to be practicing somewhere where the courts are a lot less backed up than they are in my neck of the woods. Around here I think the average time from the completion of briefing to the scheduling of your oral argument (if one is held) is something like nine months. It'll usually be another couple of months before the argument date itself, and then the judges have to reach a decision, draft opinions, etc. To actually get a decision from an appellate court rarely takes less than a year; it often takes far longer. In one of the last cases I handled before going in-house, the record was closed in December 2011 and there's still been no decision.