Simply, every goal to which Sarah Margaret sets her mind and body, she aggressively commits. This relentless pursuit saw her attend- for all 13 years- and graduate, in the top echelon of one the most prolific and largest classes in Hudson history; 2004, where she was the founding Sports Editor of the Explorer newspaper, guest-writer for the Cleveland Browns, member of the National Honor Society, Red Cross Lifeguard and Water Safety Instructor, District qualifier on a state-ranked swim team, and undisputed female Champion of the Hudson High School Weight Room Bench Press (225 lbs.); a record that is deeply untouched. “One of the most powerful aspects of my identity is, unequivocally, Hudson,” said Hulburt. “The level of competition and pure intelligence that surrounded me in school and sports was absolutely unparalleled, and really drove me to push the limits on what I expected to achieve.”
- 100% Trial Lawyer;
- 100% Appellate Lawyer;
- Hybrid Trial/Appellate Lawyer.
Generally, the experts in each area - despite working in the same field- emerge as diametrically different, yet dynamic, personalities. Namely, a trial lawyer earns his or her reputation by stunning courtroom skills, such as cross-examination or voir dire (selecting the jury). In Summit County, a few very well known names operate wickedly clever trial practices that thrive on a network of referrals, built on achieving straight courtroom success. One such name is Jon Sinn, whose uncanny ability to convince a jury to acquit has earned him the busiest trial practice in Akron.
“Sinn can argue anything on the fly and make it sound good. He’s from Youngstown, so has incredible street smarts and the ability to read people, which is essential for trial work,” remarks Sarah on her colleague.
“Being a trial lawyer isn’t about graduating first in your class - it’s about winning. And Sinn wins.”
Prosecutor’s knowledge and respect for the Defense Attorney’s trial prowess plays into these successes. It stands to logic: everyone in trouble wants to hire the lawyer who will get them the best deal.
Sarah’s accountant calculated that she did $7500 in pro bono legal services for the 2011 year; including (2) felony cases, a juvenile case, (2) legal custody cases, and (8) misdemeanor cases.
“Pro bono work, in my opinion, should be performed by every practicing attorney in the State of Ohio. This allows the dissemination of legal services to those who typically need it the most - the indigent.“
Looking at Sarah’s history provides insight to her pro bono commitment. In high school, she was a member of National Honor Society and participated actively in community events.
“I started volunteering when I was a teenager and found that it gave me a lot of satisfaction as well as exposure to different types of people. [Growing up] in a wealthy suburb, I had never really experienced it.”
"Like a battle, a trial is fought, in the hallowed halls of a courthouse. Like a warrior, a lawyer exercises her own physical and mental preparation. And like a champion, the winner takes all - sometimes life itself.
Trials date back as far as mankind has known conflict. Images of the great philosopher and lawyer Cicero arguing in capital trials to hundreds of citizens in the Quaestiones perpetuae ("standing jury courts") of Rome are evoked. As are bloody accounts of fierce Germanic warriors, “Sharing the Sun;” perpendicular to the sun so that neither has an advantage in trial by combat. King Charles VI authorized a judicial duel between Sir Jean de Carrouges and squire Jacques Le Gris over the alleged rape of Carrouges wife. As the Royal Court looked onward, Carrouges stabbed his opponent in the throat with his dagger, claiming victory. A loss in these cases meant death."
I have worked in a law office for over three years. During this time, I’ve learned a few lessons that anyone using a professional service should hold dear.
In order to achieve the most from a professional such as a lawyer, doctor, accountant or dentist, there are three fundamental rules to remember:
1. Be realistic about your expectations. A lawyer cannot change the law to create a desirable outcome, especially in criminal cases. Remember: a successful case is not fairly measured by your happiness with the outcome. We are not legislators. Rather, a fairer litmus is the strength of the evidence, the laws, and what happens in similar cases.
2. Always be polite while in a professional’s office. It is understandable to get caught-up in your case. Dealing with the government can be scary, confusing and intimidating. Don’t take out your frustration on the people around you, especially those there to help! If you have a fee dispute, voice your concerns calmly – you will get a lot further than becoming agitated and aggressive. As you can see, my office is a serene atmosphere – I prefer to keep it that way.
3. Envision yourself in the position of the lawyer or doctor. Their job may not be physically exhausting, but it most certainly is mentally tiresome. Moreover, these professionals are bound by strict ethical codes. As professionally licensed individuals that spend thousands of dollars on education, the last thing they want to do is commit an ethical violation that could jeopardize what they’ve worked towards. Chances are, they will try their very best to treat you fairly and honestly.
If you keep these tips in mind, I firmly believe your experience with a professional will be precisely that: professional.
Sarah Palin has lovely hair that looks fetching in an updo. Her long hair is certainly different from that of most female politicians. I tend to think this is undisputed.
Sarah Palin also has a rather amusing parody on Saturday Night Live poking fun at her ability as a professional. I tend to think the hilarity of the skit is undisputed.
I’ve often wondered if her image causes people to consider her to be less qualified for a serious profession. To wit: does long hair detract from a woman’s professionalism?
A lot of female lawyers probably question their image and whether or not it hurts their career. I know I do!
I, like Sarah Palin, have long hair and a youthful face. I’m also short like Sarah. I am spunky as well – and like anyone, I say stupid stuff that makes me look dumb.
I admire Sarah because she doesn’t change herself to fit the mold of an ideal professional. She, like me, enjoys long hair. Instead of chopping it off for a more “modern” hairstyle, she puts it up in a tasteful updo. Personally, I think an updo is quite attractive and can accent a suit nicely.
Yet Sarah is constantly derided for being vapid. I’m sure any other female politician with short locks and a serious demeanor has goofed up just as much. But we don’t hear about them!
So I query: does a long-haired, feminine woman, by virtue of her hair and attitude, become disqualified as a professional?
If we used Sarah as an example, and the media circus of pundits that follow her, I tend to think so. Maybe I should cut off all this crazy hair!