The Life and legal career of Michele A. Roberts Trial Lawyer

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Michele A. Roberts grew up in a courtroom. As a child living in the projects of New York, Ms. Roberts and her mother wiled away their summers and free time in court - watching trials and any other court proceedings. They liked the drama and Ms. Roberts can't remember ever not hanging out in courtrooms.

Court watchers have become more rare, perhaps extinct, these days. Although Ms. Roberts thinks maybe they're all at home watching Court TV, a network she considers "a gift from God." Her early love of watching trial lawyers has paid off - she's now one of the most respected and most feared (by opposing counsel) trial lawyers around.

She knew early on that she wanted to be a lawyer. But in high school when she saw her older brother's friends rotting in jail cells, it cemented her desire to defend poor people.

"They never seemed to catch a break," Ms. Roberts said of her brother's friends. "And my mother communicated to me that was because they didn't have good lawyers. Very early on I decided I was going to not only be a lawyer, but a public defender, representing poor people in criminal cases."

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