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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  • by Mary Location: Kentucky on Jul 21, 2007 at 09:51 PM
    First of all, I commend this young man for working so hard and wanting to make a difference "working in the trenches". However, it saddens me that our youth's future looks so bleak. College tuition is so out of hand that many will just not be able to attend. As a parent this troubles me daily. No one should come out of college owing that much money!
  • by Chuck on Jul 21, 2007 at 09:18 PM
    130 K over 20 years at 6.8% is 992 a month.
  • by debbie gunnels Location: floyd on Jul 21, 2007 at 08:10 AM
    i just wish all lawyers felt the same as you.I would say you are a GOOD one.Most dont havea heart or care as long as you can pay.
  • by Rob Location: London on Jul 20, 2007 at 02:20 PM
    What a shame,anyone that works hard and goes to college should be better off than that.Shame on our State and Federal Government for making it so hard to get an education.We should be able to go to college and get a degree without it being a burden for the rest of our lives.I admire this man and hope he finds help with his loans.
  • by jd Location: IN on Jul 20, 2007 at 10:45 AM
    Recommendation for anyone in this situation. If you have subsidized loans, see if you are eligible for an Economic Hardship Deferment. Do not bother calling your servicer--just go to the website, download the form, and read the requirements. Next, continue making your regularly scheduled monthly payment (including the portion from your subsidized loans) every month so you can make a dent in the unsubsidized and private loans. I would especially recommend applying that extra portion to the high interest private loans. Placing only your subsidized loans in deferment will prevent interest from accruing and capitalizing on those loans. Plus, as long as you are eligible, you can use an Economic Hardship Deferment for up to 3 years! That can be a pretty big chunk of monthly payment you will be applying to the interest accruing unsubsidized and private loans.
  • by Walter Location: New york on Jul 20, 2007 at 09:15 AM
    I wonder if he has looked into the Income Contingent Repayment Plan or Income-Sensitive Repayment Plan. These plans are design to help the student after graduation. Please foward this info to him. I give him a lot of credit. Good luck
  • by J Location: Lubbock, TX on Jul 20, 2007 at 08:44 AM
    It is really sad that students are racking up so much debt they have to take on another job after graduation! I hope the student has checked into loan consolidation and income sensitive repayment plans through their student loan lender! As well, some states have loan forgiveness programs for lawyers who work for a state agency.
  • by Becca Location: IN on Jul 20, 2007 at 05:48 AM
    I agree....very impressive to see someone so driven! And I am really impressed that he does not consider himself "above" the average person. If more people had this mentality, I think our society would be a much better place to live for many reasons. This story is very motivational!
  • by LuLu Location: anywhereiwannabe on Jul 20, 2007 at 05:37 AM
    I Admire This Man And His Hardwork. I Hope ALot Of Younge People Read This Article. Many Blessings Too This Man.
  • by Dave Location: Garden Springs on Jul 19, 2007 at 03:50 PM
    It's a good thing he don't work in Lexington, he would be robbed like the other pizza delivery drivers.
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