Lawyer Starts Maid Service in Tough Economy

It's another sign of the tough economic times. INSIDE EDITION talks to a woman who went from lawyer to maid after losing her legal job.

She washes dishes, scrubs toilets, and yes, she does do windows. Alice Lingo isn't sprucing up her own home, she's a maid.

What's surprising about that is Lingo's background—she's a lawyer.

"I have no shame about cleaning houses. I think all work, all honest work, is good work," said Lingo.

Last year Lingo was making $160,000 at a New York law firm. Now an out-of-work lawyer, she's making ends meet by working as a maid.

INSIDE EDITION asked Lingo how difficult is it to find a job right now.

"It seems really impossible. It just seems absolutely impossible. Of 300 resumes and cover letters I sent, I've only gotten about 30 actual responses," said Lingo.

Frustrated about being unable to land another job as a lawyer, Lingo posted flyers advertising her cleaning services which said, "Haven't you always wanted to see a lawyer clean a toilet?"

On the day INSIDE EDITION followed Lingo, she started at 9 am, dusting, sweeping, changing the sheets, and yes, scrubbing the toilet.

Three hours later, she was at Ray Ellin's condo.

"I respect what she's doing and not waiting for something to come to her," said Ellin.

The daily routine is pretty much the same. Lingo is paid $60 for her hard work.

Lingo hopes to land another job as an attorney. In the meantime, she's applying to as many jobs as she can. She blogs about her work at