Thomas Calogero, Attorney at Law
Metairie criminal defense lawyer Thomas Calogero believes in aggressively defending clients.
Thomas is a creative, thoughtful, and determined advocate who is dedicated to protecting his clients’ rights and preserving their freedom. Thomas Calogero works diligently to provide the best possible defense for both federal and state cases.
What are lawyer's primary responsibilities?
Lawyers, by virtue of a state’s bar admission, are expected to both uphold the law and protect the rights of their clients. In addition to actually knowing the law, particularly within his or her practice area, an attorney must be able to communicate clearly with their clients, work competently to resolve their client’s needs and be ethical in the performance of their overall handling of a case.
What are the requirements for becoming a lawyer?
To become a lawyer, one must first complete special training and meet other professional requirements. Although each state has its own standards for licensing attorneys, most states require hopeful lawyers to obtain an undergraduate degree and then graduate from an accredited law school.
Once the formal education is complete, they must also take and pass the state’s Bar Examination (a rigid test of knowledge in all fields of law), submit to the investigation into their moral character and fitness to practice law, and be sworn in by the state or federal Supreme Court.
May I hire a non-lawyer for a legal problem?
It depends on the situation and the breadth of service since only lawyers may practice law. Paralegals, for example, may represent you in certain situations involving complaints against a government agency (such as a dispute over Social Security benefits). You may also represent yourself in court, hire a notary public, or work with law students (under the supervision of a lawyer) under certain circumstances.