fbpx
contact us get your free consultation
or call now (361) 480 - 0261
24/7 Free Virtual, Video and Phone Consults ~ SE HABLA ESPAÑOL 361-454-1000
1-888-97SHARK
When It Matters Most, Call Alex First.
message us

2018 Scholarship Winner Marvin Faires Essay On Why He Wants To Become An Attorney

There is not one reason I have chosen to become an attorney. There are a multitude of reasons, but for the sake of time and expediency I will focus on one of the main reasons. The first time I felt the thrill of helping someone who needed a hand from someone who knew the system. My first time involved in the legal process was with the now defunct Nueces County Teen Court program. It was here that the the law and the practice of it became not just a path but my path.

Around 1992, I heard of this program called Teen Court. This program allowed juveniles charged with simple misdemeanors to face a panel of their peers, i.e. other teens. If you chose to go to Teen Court, you would have to plead guilty in real court and basically allow the teens to render your punishment. The punishment ranged from zero “jury duties” and zero hours of community service to 5 “jury duties” and 50 hours of community service. Most of the cases had a panel of prior teens serving out their “jury duties,” and they would listen to the teen who is appearing and render a punishment. The court coordinator would hold one case back for trial, with an attorney as judge, a teen prosecutor, teen defense attorney, and a teen jury.

That one case would be conducted like a typical criminal trial. All the police reports were available, the defense team could speak to the defendant, from there develop a trial plan that we felt was most effective for a jury of teenagers. I worked with a seasoned teen court prosecutor for several weeks and then the teen defense attorney was unable to make it to teen court that week. I was thrown into the deep end as a defense attorney. I was not ready, I stumbled over words, I second guessed myself and my case, and I was hooked. I lost of course, but I had a very favorable verdict, 1 jury duty and 10 hours of community service. That was the lowest punishment handed out for the month. Twenty- five plus years later and I still remember the feeling when someone’s case was in my hands, when it was my job to help.

I would go on to be a defense attorney, a prosecutor, and a trainer for the court, but that first case, will forever be in my mind. For the last seven months, I have been working in the Wills, Probate, and Guardianship Clinic for my school. Here I have re-enforced the thrill of helping others, from the Temporary Emergency Dependent administration of an estate to help an elderly lady bury her forty-five-year-old son, just over a month after burying her husband, to the feeling that you get when a mother or a father is granted guardianship of an incapacitated ward. Seeing that sense of relief, the joy, feeds more than just a paycheck (or a grade in my case) but your soul. I have worked cases I will never forget, cases that have positively impacted many families for decades to come. So that is why I chose to become and attorney.

Contact Us & Request AFree Consultation for Personal Injury Lawyer Near You

[]
1 Step 1
Name
Phone Number
Tell us about your case
0 /

*all fields required

Previous
Next

Main Office, Corpus Christi:


921 N. Chaparral Suite 100
Corpus Christi, Texas 78401

Phone: 361-454-1000

San Antonio Office:


700 N. St. Mary's Suite 1400
San Antonio, Texas 78205

Phone: 210-904-1000

Austin Office:


3800 N. Lamar Suite 200
Austin, Texas 78756

Phone: 512-543-1000

Edinburg Office:


204 E Cano
Edinburg, Texas 78539

Phone: 956-242-7000

Houston Office:


1700 Post Oak Boulevard 2 Blvd Place
Houston, Texas 77056

Phone: 713-660-7018

Laredo Office:


1100 Matamoros Suite 200
Laredo, Texas 78040-7804

Phone: 956-242-7000

Dallas Office:


2911 Turtle Creek Suite 300
Dallas, Texas 75219

Phone: 972-363-6616

Victoria Office


101 W. Goodwin Suite 750
Victoria, Texas 77901

Phone 361-575-3101

Port Lavaca Office


402 W. Main St.
Port Lavaca, Texas 77979

Phone 361-552-3100

Brownsville Office


222 N Expressway 77 Suite 100
Brownsville 78521

Main Phone 956-242-7000

Connect with Us

-->