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A Silicon Valley escapee takes a tech approach to law in Philly

December 11, 2017 by Jane M. Von Bergen|

Nearly 13 years ago, systems engineer Michael Hollander looked up from his computer screen in Silicon Valley, where he sat writing code for yet another wrinkle in an office communication software suite, and thought to himself: What am I doing here?

Yes, he was earning close to $90,000 a year, living the life in San Francisco with his girlfriend, who became his wife. But looking ahead, all he saw was the same thing: more Java, more Python, catching a code, winter, spring, summer, and fall. “What am I going to be doing 10, 20 years from now? Programming.”He decided to quit, go to law school, and represent the poor and downtrodden.So guess what Hollander is doing now?

Programming — and through it representing the poor and downtrodden.These days, he’s an employment lawyer with Community Legal Services, juggling coding with a full caseload of the working miserable — people not getting paid, people not getting jobs because of criminal records, people not getting unemployment benefits, people facing discrimination and ... More

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