Partner Profile: Adam Pollet

Each month we highlight an individual working to make the justice system more accessible to DC residents. This month features Adam Pollet, a new member of the Foundation’s Young Lawyer’s Network Leadership Council.

Name

Adam Pollet

Job/Position

Counsel

Years on the Job

2.5 at my current firm

Organization

Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP

Where did you grow up?

Virginia

What brought you to DC?

Job opportunities, urban life, and the sports teams— go Caps!

What was your first job in DC and what did you learn?

I was a legal assistant at White & Case LLP.  I learned how engaging and exciting the practice of law could be and just how hardworking and intelligent big-time attorneys are.

Daily Habit

I try to walk to work every day. The best part is, no traffic!

Favorite Movie

It’s too hard to name just one. I love any 80s action movie and anything directed by Christopher Guest—smart and funny!

Favorite Restaurant

My current favorite is Bresca. Its Michelin star is well-deserved!

Favorite Vacation Spot

Any beach, though preferably with white sand and clear water.

Guilty Pleasure

Watching “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.”

Hobbies

Reading historical nonfiction and listening to new music.

Your News Source(s)

Primarily The Washington Post and The New York Times.

Most rewarding element of your work

The most rewarding part of my professional life in 2018 was representing a pro bono client (who had been sentenced as a juvenile to life in prison without parole) in his resentencing hearing, pursuant to the Supreme Court’s decision in Miller v. Alabama. It resulted in his nearly immediate parole.  He was so deserving of his second chance!

If I hadn’t become a lawyer, I would be a…

Classics professor.

Legal aid is important to me because…

Our system of justice is dependent on adequate representation for all, irrespective of socioeconomic status.

Your dream for our legal system is…

Criminal justice reform to reduce systemic mass incarceration and adequate representation for all.