Each month we highlight an individual working to make the justice system more accessible to DC residents. This month features Adam Pollet, a new member of the Foundation’s Young Lawyer’s Network Leadership Council.
Years on the Job
2.5 at my current firm
Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP
Where did you grow up?
What brought you to DC?
Job opportunities, urban life, and the sports teams— go Caps!
What was your first job in DC and what did you learn?
I was a legal assistant at White & Case LLP. I learned how engaging and exciting the practice of law could be and just how hardworking and intelligent big-time attorneys are.
I try to walk to work every day. The best part is, no traffic!
It’s too hard to name just one. I love any 80s action movie and anything directed by Christopher Guest—smart and funny!
My current favorite is Bresca. Its Michelin star is well-deserved!
Favorite Vacation Spot
Any beach, though preferably with white sand and clear water.
Watching “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.”
Reading historical nonfiction and listening to new music.
Your News Source(s)
Primarily The Washington Post and The New York Times.
Most rewarding element of your work
The most rewarding part of my professional life in 2018 was representing a pro bono client (who had been sentenced as a juvenile to life in prison without parole) in his resentencing hearing, pursuant to the Supreme Court’s decision in Miller v. Alabama. It resulted in his nearly immediate parole. He was so deserving of his second chance!
If I hadn’t become a lawyer, I would be a…
Legal aid is important to me because…
Our system of justice is dependent on adequate representation for all, irrespective of socioeconomic status.
Your dream for our legal system is…
Criminal justice reform to reduce systemic mass incarceration and adequate representation for all.