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January/February 2003 , Page 63 

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The Call from Judy

By Priscilla E. Forsyth

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About two years ago, after a frustrating morning in court, I was sitting in Bud’s Cafe in Estherville, Iowa, waiting for my lunch to arrive. While in the middle of ranting to one of my best friends about my morning, my cell phone rang. It was a former client I’ll call “Judy.” She said, “I’m not sure if you remember me, but I just called to tell you thank you and to let you know that your help changed my life.” Maybe it wasn’t going to be such a bad day after all.

I met Judy about two or three years before the phone call at Bud’s. She was about 35 years old and was at rock bottom. She was an alcoholic, a drug addict and could not seem to stay away from driving cars and writing bad checks while she indulged in her addictions. Judy had three or four pending DWI charges she had managed to accumulate in a week or so, and some bad checks, mostly to liquor stores. All the charges were misdemeanors and relatively minor offenses, but with her criminal history she was looking at a significant amo

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