I spent fourth of July alone at home, while both my sons were out and about with friends. I could see the fireworks from my balcony so I was perfectly content. However, I thought about our country and the reasons I became an attorney, and decided to share some of those thoughts with you. I grew up in an America of de-segregation, affirmative action, unionization, and feminism. These ideas were spoken about positively in the media, by teachers and mentors, judges, President’s, and even strangers on mass transit. This was the America I believed in, where justice meant making all people equal under the law. I always rooted for the underdog, and the underdog was rooted for by most people I knew. In other words, the balance of power was not weighted in favor of money and status, and all people were created equal.
Then came the era of uniform sentencing, the war on drugs, de-unionization, right to work laws, lobbyists, and corporate money in national, state, and even school board elections. In my view, this created more power imbalances. Therefore when I was thinking about who I wanted to serve as an attorney, I decided that I wanted to serve individuals, not corporations. The individuals I am looking for are the ones who needed advice or help to even up certain imbalances in their life. Primarily, I redress the imbalance of power between corporations and their employees. These people are the ones who are injured at work and their benefits are being denied. However, there are others, who can’t afford to pay for the most common legal service in the state: people who are getting divorced. In the case of family law, I believe that people getting divorced, or seeking custody of their children should not have to represent themselves against someone who has an attorney representing them. That is the imbalance of power I redress for those clients.
So once again I am rooting for the underdog, but as an attorney, I am able to help people in need redress the imbalance of power in their life to the extent the law allows.
Happy Fourth of July 2015 to all.