When it comes to influencing public policy and the judicial system, it often seems as if biglaw attorneys have the upper hand. Many large firm attorneys have the kinds of connections that can put them on an inside track for judicial appointments. And biglaw attorneys also have ample resources to back candidates who share their political views even if they choose not to run themselves.
That said, even if the appointment route isn’t an option for solos and smalls, there are plenty of opportunities to influence policy through the election process. A dozen black woman law firm owners ran for judgeships in Harris County, Texas and won, and even those solos who have run for office and lost enjoyed some notoriety.
Today at MyShingle, we profile three solos – Valeria Tomlin, Jenna Casper Bloom and David Levesque who ran for, or are currently running for public office. Each share their reasons for running, as well as the challenges of raising money and balancing the campaign with busy law practices. And while no doubt social media and the Internet play a role in drumming up support, it’s not as significant as you might think: all three candidates pounded the pavement, going door to door to introduce themselves to as many voters as possible.
With primaries scheduled for June or July in many states, it’s probably too late to make a run this year. But if you own your law firm and want to change your community or serve the public, think about putting running for office on your professional bucket list.