After First Year of Practice, Law Grads Settle In to Lawyer Life

Garcia notes some advice he obtained from Texas Tech tax law professor Michael Hatfield during his third year in law school. Hatfield's advice to his students was to strive to be the happiest lawyer one could be rather than the lawyer with the biggest firm, the most money or the greatest fame, Garcia says.

Written by: Jessica Behnham

The past 12 months have been a tumultuous time in the legal industry. One year ago, federal lawmakers approved a $700 billion bailout for the financial system. Around that same time, many of the 2008 law school graduates were just beginning their careers. Despite the turbulent times, some of those still-new lawyers are flourishing.

Texas Lawyer is following the careers of five attorneys who graduated from Texas law schools in May 2008 and began diverse full-time careers in different parts of the state. Four are with the same firms or organizations where they started their careers in 2008: Ronn Paiz Garcia, Paul Sebastian Di Blasi, Juliet M. McBride and Alexis Allen. The fifth, Josh Adam Fogelman, clerked for the Texas Supreme Court and now has joined a small Austin firm.

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