No, not a public defender office, but a Legal Aid office in upstate New York.
My favorite part is the first line: The day Catherine Linnemann interviewed to become an intern in the Binghamton office of the Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York, she wanted to cry.
So, the Cornell law student, "who was born in Switzerland and maintains residences in Binghamton and Manhattan" and "is an interior designer by trade," decided to give the office a makeover.
"Linnemann, who has clocked more than 500 hours on her renovations," (does this count toward her credit hours?) "has dipped deep into her own pockets to buy supplies. Now she's looking for local companies to supplement her efforts so the second and third floors can receive a similar facelift (although "emergency surgery" might be a better analogy)." She's looking specifically for a mason and furniture donations.
Part of me thinks, "Couldn't that 500 hours and the money she's raised be better spent on client services?" But another part of me thinks, "That's right, don't public interest lawyers deserve a pleasant workspace too? Hey, my office could use a makeover! Maybe she could help me get some pink curtains."