I get to work between 8 and 8:30 each day (more on the 8:30 side in the summer). By 8:45, the list is thrown out the window as my phone is ringing off the hook with dire "emergencies".
The hour between the time I get to work and 9:30 court never seems enough time to cross one item off the list because of the phone.
At 9:30, I show up to court and wait. And wait. And wait. Wait for the judge, the defense attorney, and the defendant. Then when everyone’s there, we wait while all the other cases that had all the parties appear on time are called first. Whether I go to city court for a felony hearing, supreme court for a sentencing or pre-trial conference, or the grand jury to indict a case, I wait. It is an ADA’s specialty. As you imagine, the to-do list grows as messages pile up on my voicemail.
11:30 or so I am back at my office. I’m really going to tackle that list, well just after I return the five messages I have on my voicemail and the dozen emails. Lunchtime, when I take one, means I go to the gym or get some writing done.
2:00 court. More waiting (see above). 3:30 or so and I’m back at my office. Now to that list. What? More messages and emails. Alright 4:30. The list has grown to twice the size. I’ll spend the next hour or so trying to get as much of that list done as possible – motions, calls to victims, subpoenas for trial, scheduling witness conferences. I may even get to do a little prep work for upcoming trials.
I think I just described a day in the life of a criminal defense attorney too.
End of the day and time for a new list. Standard equation to figure out items to do the next day – take the 75% of things I didn’t get done today and double it.
Repeat for five days. Is there ever a day when the list gets done? No, you just throw it away and start fresh at the beginning of a week.