“As a criminal defense attorney I think of myself as a prosecutor who is holding accountable all those who violate our clients’ constitutional rights.”
The road that has led me to Ruane has been long and windy. This is surprising since, as far back as I can remember, I knew that I wanted to practice criminal law. In fact, my whole life was geared in that direction. I practiced reading and writing everything and anything, public speaking in the form of acting in plays became my passion, etc. When I reached college I majored in Sociology, but I had two concentrations in Penology and Criminology. I was obsessed.
After graduating summa cum laude from SCSU, I matriculated to Boston College Law School. I chose BC Law because they had a very strong Public Interest Law Foundation group and collection of classes. It fit me like a T and three years later I graduated magna cum laude.
I sat for, and passed, the Connecticut Bar Exam. This is where the story turns a bit sad. I desperately wanted to practice criminal law, but I could not even find any firms to interview with. I ended up taking the first legal job I ever had, which was not criminal. Suffice it to say I hated it. Many other jobs (both in and out of the law) followed a similar path. Get them, keep them for a short period, and move on.
I was getting so frustrated with an unstable work life that I decided I would pursue another passion of mine. I went and got my MS Degree in Human Resources Development at Villanova University. I instantly started looking for jobs in HR.
While looking for an HR position I started receiving job announcements for law jobs. One of them was for a criminal law firm called Ruane Attorneys. You can guess the end of the story. Here I am and happy as a clam.
I cannot tell you the degree of joy I get from helping those who cannot help themselves. It is an awesome responsibility to think that what I can do can fundamentally change the life of another. I do not take it lightly. I put all of my strength in every fight I fight for my clients, and am only able to rest when I know I have done every possible thing I could have done. The rest is up to Lady Justice.
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