Houston Lawyer Says Students Must Keep Their Focus On Learning

Chris Downey is the owner of Downey Law Firm in Houston, Texas. Downey attended Duke University before enrolling in law school at Southern Methodist University. He now works as a criminal defense attorney.

(Photo Courtesy of Chris Downey)

(Photo Courtesy of Chris Downey)

What is your educational background?

“After graduating from high school, I then attended Duke University where I had dual majors in public policy sciences and English.  Afterward, I went to law school at Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law. I am board certified in criminal law by the Texas Board of Specialization.”

What is your current position?

“I was previously employed as a prosecutor for the Harris County District Attorney’s Office from September 1993 to December 1998. I have been self-employed as a criminal defense attorney since December 1998. I represent people accused of committing criminal offenses in state and federal courts.”

How has your education helped you in your career?

“My job demands of me to be adept at the skills of analyzing, writing, and communicating. My high school education laid the foundation for critical thinking and very strong writing skills. My college education introduced me to concepts such as decision analysis, statistical analysis, and policy analysis. These areas of education serve me well every day as I work with my clients to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of their cases and determine their best options for litigation. Law school should, in my opinion, be viewed more like ‘Law Trade School’. It is not like college, nor like high school, and those who do enroll in law school need to be prepared to address this particular disciple in a different way. Law school should be approached by law students as a period of time when they must keep their focus on learning about the things that will help them thrive in their chosen area of practice.”

Richard Carranza is a reporter from the Houston, Texas area and published his first work in 1990. His education includes a bachelor of arts in chemistry from Cornell College, master of science in chemical engineering from Texas A&M University, and a masters of business administration from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. In addition to writing, Richard is involved in the design of petroleum refineries, petrochemical plants, oil/gas facilities and ethanol plants. He also carries out writing assignments for publications like Chemical Processing Magazine, Maritime Executive Magazine and Chemical Online.

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