Lawyers by Day, Uber Drivers and Bartenders by Night

Legal Aid lawyers, who represent poor people in court, often have to work second jobs to make ends meet.

News Story (New York)

Sonia Weiser
New York Times (NYT)
June 3, 2019

Tags: Legal Aid Lawyers

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Society (New York City)


Her story is a familiar one in the gig economy era: She works several odd jobs like delivering food for Grubhub and UberEats, or helping people with their tax returns.

But Danielle happens to have a full-time job: She is a staff attorney for the Legal Aid Society in New York.

The same goes for Julia Boms, a colleague who began working at Legal Aid last year. On any given day, Ms. Boms might be found in an arraignment court, handling a misdemeanor case. On weekends, she might be tending bar — a past-life job she thought she had left behind.