DUI Firm Trains Young Associates With Assigned Counsel Cases
He said a new online payment system launched last month allows the firm to get paid within a week of finishing up a case.
Most of the cases that Ruane's associates handle are fairly routine. Often, his lawyers simply talk to the client, tell them the plea deal they received was pretty good and urge them to drop their case. Only about one in 25 habeas cases "has any meat on it," Ruane says. If a case does make it to trial, Ruane helps his associates prepare for the hearing and then sits with them in the courtroom.
He said while last resort habeas petitions are mundane work for an experienced criminal attorney, "wide-eyed" young attorneys eager for courtroom experience attack the cases "vigorously." That attitude impresses the inmates they represent.
The practice pays off. After handling a number of cases over a couple years, the associates "know this stuff like the back of their hand. Like any [area of] concentration, as a lawyer you get good at it," said Ruane.
As for notable results, this past summer Ruane's firm scored a new trial for a man named Gene Newland who was convicted of sexual assault. The lawyers proved Newland, who represented himself at his criminal trial, should have been represented by a public defender.•