For members of the Hatchet Pre-Law Society, a visit from the right person can change their outlook on all future endeavors. Criminal defense attorney Chuck Hobbs describes it as, “keeping it real.” Thursday evening’s session was truly a dose of reality.
“I wanted a recognizable and prominent face of Tallahassee,” said Hatchet Pre-Law Society President Jason Reed. “I want all of the members to be inspired by a successful African American within the industry.”
A native of Tallahassee, Hobbs provided words of wisdom to students interested in attending law school. He just celebrated his tenth year of private practice, and he has worked on several notable cases. Recently, Hobbs represented Florida A&M band director Julian White for accusations of hazing, following the death of Robert Champion, a drum major of the university’s Marching “100.”
The organization decided to contact him to speak at their first general body meeting.
“At first I was scared, but getting in this profession provided me with the opportunity to take off” said Hobbs, encouraging the attendees. “The possibilities for you all are endless.”
For a large portion of the meeting, he discussed the blueprint of becoming a successful lawyer.
“What determines if you sink or swim is your ability to master the written language,” he explained. “All students should adapt the habit of reading; it’s really a great way to gain knowledge.”
He also decided to share a few college experiences. Hobbs studied at Morehouse and the University of Florida and told explained the importance of the Bar Exam. Several students say they appreciated attending the meeting.
“He showed us the downsides and positives of being in the industry,” said Sarah Dorsey, a first-year political science and pre-law student. “I learned the financial aspects of law school and different fields of law.”
Attorney Hobbs also discussed a few cases, and the variety of associated experiences.
“I’ve had a chance to do some very interesting cases and it can be very stressful; especially owning a private practice. However you have the ability to select the type of cases you want,” said Hobbs.
Over the past ten years he’s 62-88, claiming more than half of his cases.
The meeting lasted about an hour, with a question and answer period following.
“We wanted to start the year off by encouraging our members with positive and solid knowledge.” said Reed. “It’s so imperative that we invest in your future.”
Reed says the organization is currently preparing for a possible debate with Florida State University Young Republicans in late February.