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Dustin and Natalie McCown

By Savannah Johnson

Dustin and Natalie McCown are married and graduated from UNA with Political Science degrees. I asked them a few questions about their experiences and about themselves.

  • When did you graduate and with what degree?

Dustin: I graduated from UNA in 2005. I majored in Political Science. After graduating from UNA, I attended law school. I have been a practicing attorney in Florence since 2009.

 

Natalie: In 2013 I graduated from the University of North Alabama with my Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Legal Studies. While attending UNA, I was a member of the University’s Mock Trial team for three years. After graduating from UNA, I began law school at Samford University's Cumberland School of Law. I obtained my Juris Doctorate from Samford University's Cumberland School of Law in May 2016 and then successfully passed Alabama's Bar examination in July 2016. I now share a law practice in Florence, Alabama with my husband, Dustin.

  • What do you do in your free time?

Dustin: My favorite hobbies are surfing the web and watching NETFLIX. I find those things relaxing.

Natalie: Traveling, gardening, reading, writing, wake-boarding, and spoiling my dog, Teddy.

  • What does a typical day look like for you?

Dustin: It depends on the day. Most days, I am in court at some point. At times that I am not, typically, I am preparing for court or catching up on things at the office. Due to business related calls, I talk on the phone often. At times, working at the office is more demanding than being in court.

Natalie: I am constantly on the phone with clients, meeting with clients, or going to court with clients. A typical day for me includes getting to work by 8 a.m. and not leaving until after five. I believe to successfully practice law one must be able to not only be a counselor in the law, but also be a general life counselor - as some days I feel as if I am playing the dual role of attorney/physiatrist, which I surprisingly enjoy. People typically only come see attorneys when they need help with various problems in their lives.

  • Why is it important to study law?

Dustin: I believe we need good lawyers to help people in various situations. For example, a lawyer may serve as a child’s attorney, commonly called a Guardian ad Litem, where the task is to look out for the best interests of a child. Some lawyers help the elderly in a variety of ways. Lawyers are often charged with the important task of safeguarding their client’s constitutional protections. Good hard working attorneys are always needed.

 

Natalie: Law guarantees rights, embodies morality, and ideally is put in place to protect all members of society. Without law, equality and fairness would be more difficult to ascertain. Studying law is important because it gives one an avenue to hold others in society and government accountable.

 

  • What advice do you give to students studying Law?

 

Dustin: Understand that a law office is a business. How you treat people and communicate with them are critical components of building a successful business. Personally, I believe how you treat people is more important to the success of your business than how often you win or lose cases.

 

Natalie: If you want to pursue a law degree or legal career, get a job working for an attorney while you’re in undergrad. Observe what a day is like in the life of a lawyer and make sure that is what you want your life to look like. Get involved in Mock Trial or Model U.N. STUDY FOR THE LSAT, a lot. Be CERTAIN that being a lawyer is the profession for you before you go to law school. If you want to be a lawyer, you CAN do it! Talk to your professors about going to law school because they have invaluable information/advice.

 



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