By: Maxwell L. Boltinghouse, Esq.
The Tuesday after Labor Day 2016 was my first day at JLongtin Law. That day was filed with a lot of excitement, wonder, and anxiety. It was the first day of a profession, the first day of the career that I had chosen. What else could someone feel that day?
Luckily, I had found a home and while it has not been a forever home, it has been the best place a young, eager attorney could have hoped to land. As I think about the future steps of my career beyond JLongtin Law, I cannot help but be reminded of the invaluable experiences, skills, and support this firm has given me. For this, I am supremely thankful.
During my time at JLongtin Law, I’ve had the privilege to work representing people suffering and living with the effects of significant mental illness. I saw firsthand how this underserved and underrepresented population frequently comes into contact with the criminal justice system. This exposure has shaped the way I view cases, clients, and our justice system; it has molded the way I will practice for years to come.
Excitement, wonder, and anxiety. Much like that Tuesday in 2016, I feel the same way as I prepare to leave the firm on to my next chapter of my career. Change is always difficult, and for me also usually anxiety producing. However, for the last two and a half years I have had the supreme privilege to work alongside dedicated attorney’s representing a population truly in need. That has given the confidence, experience, and drive to keep striving to provide the same level of advocacy as I move on to the next chapter of my career. I move to this next step confidently because of the support JLongtin Law has given me over the past two years.
“And oh as I fade away
They'll all look at me and they'll say
Hey look at him and where he is these days
When life is hard, you have to change”
--Shannon Hoon, Blind Melon