Summer Job Diaries: Drew Bradley Puts Classroom Knowledge to Practice in DA's Office
Drew Bradley ’15 is a certified legal intern in Major Narcotics at the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office. She is entering her third year as a day student.
Q: How did you land your summer job?
A: I got the job through OCI (on-campus interviewing).
Q: What is the most interesting part of your job?
A: The most interesting part of my job is getting to read through the case files before I draft motions or prepare for preliminary hearings (being in Major Narcotics means that I get to read a lot of interesting police reports). I also like writing responses to 1538.5 Motions to Suppress because it takes me back to all of the major Supreme Court cases that I read in Criminal Procedure, and it's interesting figuring out how to use search-and-seizure laws to get evidence in.
Q: What has been your most challenging assignment thus far?
A: I would have to say that the most challenging assignment thus far was having to argue one of the responses to a 1538.5 that I had written in front of a judge. The facts of the case reminded me of a standard issue-spotter law school exam -- there was a problem with the arrest warrant, there was a problem with a prolonged detention, a problem with voluntary consent and a Miranda issue. So I had to go step-by-step through each part of the case and argue that the officers were acting lawfully and did not violate the defendant's Fourth Amendment rights. In the end, the judge ended up ruling in my favor, but it was definitely an uphill battle.
Q: What new legal skill have you acquired during your summer job?
A: I have acquired quite a few new legal skills, but the most useful skill so far has been learning how to write motions.
Q: What bit of legal knowledge have you been able to display?
A: I was in the Hobbs District Attorney Clinic last semester, and the knowledge that I gained from that program has been immensely helpful this summer. In Hobbs, we learned how to conduct preliminary hearings under pressure and became much more familiar with evidence and figuring out when to object. So when I did my first preliminary hearing here at the DA's Office, I was very prepared and got my defendant "held to answer."