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IHateNursing
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04 Jul 2016, 12:46 pm

Or anyone you know with ASD who is also a lawyer?

Lots of Google searches and I can't find more than a couple examples of autistic attorneys.



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04 Jul 2016, 12:49 pm

IHateNursing wrote:
Or anyone you know with ASD who is also a lawyer?

Lots of Google searches and I can't find more than a couple examples of autistic attorneys.

For the record, I don't need representation, I'm just curious who is working in the profession.



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15 Jul 2016, 2:25 am

I am not a lawyer, but I am interested in the Dutch Penal Code, and sometimes in the penal codes of other countries, especially less free countries (now and in the past), for example Soviet Union, DDR, and now Russia, Iran and North Korea.



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15 Jul 2016, 2:31 am

I'm not a lawyer, but I have a feeling there are probably a lot of aspie-ish lawyers. Perhaps not among courtroom trial lawyers, who need to have good NT skills, but almost certainly in various technical legal fields. I'd suspect it is an aspie-friendly profession in a number of respects.


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12 Aug 2016, 1:39 pm

Hello,
I'm so glad i've found this topic. I'm not a lawyer but i've studied law in the college without knowing i have ASD and right now i have no idea how i will work. I'm helping at a small firm right now but i'm clumsy and not good at concentrating on something for too long. I'm also very bad with fast-paced jobs and i panic easily. I'll also be very glad if someone can share their experiences on this



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12 Aug 2016, 2:25 pm

Hey there!

I graduated from a Law school in the twin cities and recently took the bar. I suppose I am not an attorney yet, but feel free to pm me if you have any questions!



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12 Aug 2016, 2:29 pm

I'm sure there are a ton who don't openly advertise their autism.


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12 Aug 2016, 4:07 pm

Many times, these lawyers who take up autism advocacy are probably "disability lawyers."

It is quite possible that a lawyer specializing in "autism" is "specializing" in a very narrow field at this point.

I have seen quite a few lawyers, and even a few judges, who seem like they are on the Spectrum.



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13 Aug 2016, 6:45 am

I am a lawyer and I am autistic. I'm open about being autistic.



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13 Aug 2016, 12:40 pm

Are there any attorneys in CA? I have a discrimination case I need help with.



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17 Aug 2016, 7:46 am

Lisars wrote:
I am a lawyer and I am autistic. I'm open about being autistic.


Would be interesting to have as representation. Do you fight hard and fail to see how you and your clients are in the wrong?



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17 Aug 2016, 9:36 am

I attended a support group in the past with a self-diagnosed lawyer… She seemed completely normal to me and I felt she was fishing; I also noticed a few autism related articles with her firm on the wall.



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18 Aug 2016, 5:51 am

HisShadowX wrote:
Lisars wrote:
I am a lawyer and I am autistic. I'm open about being autistic.


Would be interesting to have as representation. Do you fight hard and fail to see how you and your clients are in the wrong?


Your question is interesting. I do fight hard when fighting is warranted in a case. As far as failing to see how I and my clients are in the wrong, not so much. Lawyers are contextualists - there are so many ways to differentiate one circumstance from another. What do you mean by wrong? That never occurs to me as particularly relevant, but are you thinking morally wrong, legally wrong, etc.?



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18 Aug 2016, 6:01 am

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I attended a support group in the past with a self-diagnosed lawyer… She seemed completely normal to me and I felt she was fishing; I also noticed a few autism related articles with her firm on the wall.


I'm a lawyer with an "official" diagnosis. I'm also surprising people sometimes when I tell them I'm autistic, which is quite often since I "come out" whenever an opportunity arises. I'm very puzzled by this judging of who is normal. What does "normal" look like? I think I pass as neurotypical because I sometimes am able to play act and move like others around me with a lot of intentional effort. However, those who work with me daily know I'm different - my boss says I'm the weirdest person he knows.

I still haven't met anyone who's normal during my lifetime, but I'm only 48. "Normal" is a puzzling word to describe people in my opinion.



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18 Aug 2016, 6:56 am

Lisars wrote:
HisShadowX wrote:
Lisars wrote:
I am a lawyer and I am autistic. I'm open about being autistic.


Would be interesting to have as representation. Do you fight hard and fail to see how you and your clients are in the wrong?


Your question is interesting. I do fight hard when fighting is warranted in a case. As far as failing to see how I and my clients are in the wrong, not so much. Lawyers are contextualists - there are so many ways to differentiate one circumstance from another. What do you mean by wrong? That never occurs to me as particularly relevant, but are you thinking morally wrong, legally wrong, etc.?


I'm thinking of myself knowing myself that I am stubborn and unless I see your point of view I'll never agree. So my curiosity is if our diagnosis causes you to fight harder but yet blind you when you don't see eye to eye with the other side



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18 Aug 2016, 7:16 am

HisShadowX wrote:
Lisars wrote:
HisShadowX wrote:
Lisars wrote:
I am a lawyer and I am autistic. I'm open about being autistic.


Would be interesting to have as representation. Do you fight hard and fail to see how you and your clients are in the wrong?


Your question is interesting. I do fight hard when fighting is warranted in a case. As far as failing to see how I and my clients are in the wrong, not so much. Lawyers are contextualists - there are so many ways to differentiate one circumstance from another. What do you mean by wrong? That never occurs to me as particularly relevant, but are you thinking morally wrong, legally wrong, etc.?


I'm thinking of myself knowing myself that I am stubborn and unless I see your point of view I'll never agree. So my curiosity is if our diagnosis causes you to fight harder but yet blind you when you don't see eye to eye with the other side


I see....I don't have to see eye to eye with the other side. I am always looking at a case from my client's best interests and reaching the goal they want, if possible, through the labyrinth of the legal setting. It's really nice to practice law, because where sides don't agree, the law is the tie breaker. Of course, we can still argue about how the law should be applied in any given circumstance. If it is in my client's interest, I agree with opposing counsel, and if not I fight it out after weighing the likelihood of success given different options. The harder part is when I don't see eye to eye with my client, which happens when the client wants to pursue a legal course that is not amenable to achieving their desired result. That's solved by communication, and acknowledging their feelings about cases (which can get in the way, frankly). The client is the boss, though, so I will pursue their choice even if I think it's stupid. I am fiercely committed to my clients and pursuing just results when the laws allow for such a thing.