When you first become a lawyer, it’s a special feeling. Everything is new, and egos are out of control (new lawyers are the worst, trust me). Back in 1993, I joined Joe DuRocher’s Public Defender’s office and was thrust into a glorious pot of new attorneys, many of whom are now judges, friends, or both. Jimmie “David” Gentle was in that group, and we have been friends ever since. David has taken a different path of late, which we’ll get to eventually. First, why are we talking about our old boss?
Well, I’m getting more and more sentimental these days. My morning routine involves listing a few things I’m thankful for, and rather consistently, I have deep gratitude toward my old boss Joe DuRocher. Joe passed on in 2012, and I miss him. Also, I owe him. He gave me not just a job, but a great career. I’ll never be able to repay him for that. The problem is, I struggle to recall all the stories Joe had for we attorneys, so, I did what I always do when I need to know something–I Googled Joe Durocher. I didn’t find much.
I decided to call David, hoping he could recall some stories. Joe had great stories. The problem is, many of the stories were told during our monthly PD staff meetings. I was “too busy” with my PD case load to pay much attention (as much as I try to make myself look good via this blog, I have to admit that ‘being busy’ simply means that things were out of control. In that sense, and in a financial sense, I don’t miss the life of a public defender). Anyway, I do miss Joe’s stories, so, can I get some help here? Yes. That’s where David Gentle comes in. Continue Reading