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Kentucky Public Defender Peddles Pizza To Pay Off College Loans

By MELANIE THOMAS
Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW, Ky. (AP) - Pizza is a meal that might find its way to a lawyer's table during a late-night session of prep work before a trial. But for Barren County public defender Adam Greenway, it puts meals on the table.

"I never thought I would be 30 years old driving pizzas out after graduating from law school," said Greenway, whose second job is delivering pizza for Papa John's. "But you have got to make ends meet."

Greenway, who works for the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy, graduated in 2005 from Syracuse University College of Law in New York with a $130,000 student loan.

International human rights law was Greenways first path of choice for his profession, but a law professor turned him on to public defending.

"I loved it," the Pennsylvania native said. "I just loved being in the trenches and digging."

The same professor said Greenway should head to the South to become successful at public defending. And the South is where Greenway and his family headed, relocating to Kentucky in the summer of 2005 upon graduation.

A few months later, the monstrous student loan reared its ugly head and it was time to pay up.

With a salary lingering right around $30,000 per year, a mortgage, three children and a $130,000 student law school loan to pay, Greenway picked up the second job in October 2006.

His student loan payment is $477 each month for the next 20 years.

The typical day for Greenway includes waking up around 6 a.m. and preparing himself and his 6-year-old son for the day. He is in the office by 8 a.m. After an hour of prep work, he spends the rest of the day in court. After that, Greenway makes his way to Papa John's to deliver pizzas three to four nights each week.

"A break would be nice," Greenway said.

His children are the ones that suffer the most, he said.

"My wife's pretty OK with it," he said. "She doesn't like it, but she understands that's what we have to do."

After coming home from the night job, Greenway said spending time with his children is the highlight of his long day.

"We have a routine before bed where I read them a book and we have stories, so that's a great time we spend together," he said. "Just not as often as I like."

In addition to delivering pizzas, Greenway was also the Glasgow High School boys' lacrosse coach this spring.

"That made last spring pretty interesting," he said.

After a hectic day at the office, delivering pizzas can be relaxing. "It's kind of nice to listen to the radio and just drive," he said.

As a pizza deliveryman, Greenway adds $6 per hour to his salary, plus tips.

"Being a lawyer doesn't give me any kind of excuse not to work hard," he said. "It doesn't make me above anybody else just because I'm a lawyer. I could have decided not to be a public defender, not to come to Kentucky and stayed in New York or New Jersey or Pennsylvania and done private practice and done fine. But this is what I really love doing. As long as I still love it, I hope to keep doing it."

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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