Another year. Another convicted felon suiting up for the legal education feelgood all-stars.
When UCF graduate Angel Sanchez starts law school in Miami this week, it will be a strange sort of homecoming. After all, the last time Sanchez lived there, he was a 16-year-old gang member being sentenced to 30 years for attempted murder.Undergrad moot court? Shit yeah. So good Homeboy got the judge at his probation hearing to terminate his probation entirely instead of merely reducing it and she offered him a spot as a clerk. Dude's paying his dues with interest.
[W]hen he transferred to the University of Central Florida in 2014, he helped to collect more than 300 books for the Orange County Jail’s inmate library while becoming one of the top moot-court competitors in the nation and graduating with top honors this year.
God damn, every year these stories get better and better and better. Next year's felon will be a blind single mother who escaped sex slavery and taught herself law by working as a courthouse janitor. Year after, a stray dog who bit the head off a child will decide to be a human lawyer.
These stories thrust more deeply at that innate sense of Dickensian justice buried in the beating hearts of every member of the character and fitness committees, even the most hardened and treacherous monopolists who want to keep these bad-ass upstart millennial social justice fighters from the hoary, conservative bar merely because of a few unfortunate felonies.
The problem for most of you is that you tried to stay on the straight and narrow path, forgetting that the first rule of getting anywhere in law, if not life, is to network. And networking requires being memorable. Who's more memorable to a state court judge, Mr. Kenneth Cole Suit and his K-JD 3.5 GPA or a reformed gunslinger who can sustain a grown-up conversation without saying "'n' shit" every now and then? Who do you think His Honor is more likely to hire?
A resume is a nice sheet of paper. A pricey JD, even better. But a rap sheet? Now you're sitting pretty to be the talk of the judicial hobnobbing.
Rob a bank. Become a lawyer. Dirty, wash, rinse, repeat. The machinery can baptize you, grant you beautiful narrative redemption, if only you let it - and law schools will.