Recruiting and Retaining the New Generation of Lawyers

“When I was a new prosecutor, I handled hundreds of felony cases, with little mentoring, no support, and went to trial with files I’d never laid eyes on. We didn’t get to wait until we were ready, we jumped in. We got up early, stayed late and worked on weekends. We didn’t complain like these kids do now. We just did what the job required and we felt lucky to have a good job. I won almost all of my cases and it was hard, but very rewarding.”

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“Nostalgia is also a dangerous form of comparison. Think about how often we compare our lives to a memory that nostalgia has so completely edited that it never really existed.”

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“There’s a gap between what many older prosecutors think they should have to provide to young attorneys and what the young attorneys think they need. That gap has to be bridged if the Great Resignation is to be avoided or addressed. And leaders will have to cross the bridge first and show a true willingness to engage if younger attorneys are going to feel cared for and if senior leadership is going to get the memo.”

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The National District Attorneys Association (NDAA) is the oldest and largest national organization representing state and local prosecutors in the country.