I firmly believe that female criminal lawyers equally, if not better qualified to represent those charged with criminal or regulatory offences. We have had to overcome great hurdles in a world that has traditionally been dominated by men. We have had to work harder, learn how to thrive in a man’s world. For those of us who have committed ourselves to a life long career as an advocate, our experience in the system has caused us to become stronger, more relentless, more capable.
Women generally spend more time analyzing people, than men. It is our nature to be deep, emotional thinkers. The majority of the witnesses rely more on their emotions than on logic, when giving their statements and evidence. So, as a woman, we are more equipped with understanding their thought processes, more capable of reading between the lines. What a client should look for is the lawyer’s ability to assess the circumstances of their case and realistically advise what they believe the outcome will be.
As women, we also can empathize with the client; we bring the personal touch to their case. Clients are in turmoil, distress; they feel helpless. Who better than a woman to provide both solace and common sense.
I am, as some have said, tough as nails. But, with years of experience comes perspective. There are many ways to effect a great result. Hard work, reason, respect, common sense and years of connections with key players in the system, make me more than qualified to represent anyone, any case, any circumstance.
And who better than a woman to represent you, who can juggle a full time career, raise children and complete an ironman?
I don’t believe in the easy route. I believe in the right route. It is the client’s life at stake and I owe it to my client to exhaust all possible defences and bring all my energy to the table.
Choose wisely, I say. Make the right choice.