Criminal defense is not for the weak or weary. Nor is it for learning or experimenting or to get experience. And it is not for older lawyers, past their prime, to “stay active” or to dabble here or there. We’re dealing with lives, liberty and reputations. We’re dealing with life changing consequences. Like surgeons. Baby doctors looking for experience or octogenarian internists looking to stay in the game don’t perform surgeries. Surgeries have real consequences and as a result we require surgeons to be experienced to ply their craft. Defense lawyering is no different. It’s time to stop treating our field like it is for anyone … it is not. It is not for the weak or weary.