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Kent Underwood on Being a Criminal Defense Lawyer

"During my youth I developed a strong distaste for the abuse of authority, and a great appreciation for the Bill of Rights."

Why did you go to law school?

Law school was a practical use of my MA in Philosophy.

When you went to law school, did you intend to become a criminal defense lawyer?

Yes.

What convinced you to become a criminal defense lawyer?

During my youth I developed a strong distaste for the abuse of authority, and a great appreciation for the Bill of Rights.

Have you ever been a prosecutor?  If so, what did you learn from that experience?

No. I have never been a prosecutor.

Who is/are your mentor(s)?  What have you learned from them?

Thomas Payne. Although it was strictly through his writing.

Tell us about a case you worked on that made you proud to be a defense lawyer:

Douglas Davis was accused of rendering criminal assistance to Maurice Clemmons, who shot 4 Lakewood Police Officers. Despite strenuous prosecution and considerable over-charging, and considerable public disfavor, Douglas was ultimately acquitted of rendering criminal assistance to Maurice Clemmons, and his conviction for unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a stolen firearm was reversed on appeal.  I was able to work with exceptional attorneys, and an innocent person was ultimately vindicated, except for the 4 years that it took.

Why do you do criminal defense?

My strong dislike for abuse of authority. My strong allegiance to the Bill of Rights. And although stressful and frustrating, it is a lot of fun!

Briefly describe your practice.

75% criminal defense (half private clients, half appointed cases), 25% personal injury, and miscellaneous civil cases.

What else would you like WACDL members to know about you/your practice?

I thoroughly enjoy working with the rules committee and with WACDL.

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