National Forum On Judicial Accountability
While it appears that law professor emeritus David Barnhizer coined the phrase, multiple legal scholars have characterized U.S. courts as "power distributing centers". Law professor Drew N. Lanier explains that "judges have discretion, grounded in their respective jurisdiction, as to what judgments to render and whose interests to protect." See, Lanier, D.N. and Handberg, R., 2001. In the Eye of the Hurricane: Florida Courts, Judicial Independence, and Politics. Fordham Urb. LJ, 29, p.1029 at 1030.
So it seems appropriate to consider who you are as compared to your courtroom adversary and how those competing identities may impact the outcome of your court proceedings.
Obviously not all of us lead global conglomerates or wield significant political, business, and/or community influence. When it comes to U.S. courtroom battles, many of us relate to the biblical character David in his epic showdown with the ruthless giant, Goliath. Of course, remember, David won that battle. He leveraged the capability of a stone (well aimed and propelled from a sling shot) against Goliath's ominous brute strength, and prevailed.
The last two (2) decades have proven that no single sling shot of anything subdues entrenched U.S. legal system abuse. The task demands multi-faceted reform advocacy. When your name appears on court papers or you step into a courtroom, can the judge and your adversaries sense the full weight of that advocacy being brought to bear?
In the courtroom is it the judge, your adversary, and you -- one of America's increasingly acclaimed champions of justice?
Answering "yes" is a simple matter of casting off to the extent you have any self-imposed limits to effectiveness as a U.S. legal system reform advocate. Your superhero cape should be a quilt of support for lawful U.S. legal system reform, with special emphasis on judicial accountability efforts -- some of which you may spearhead, many of which you do not. And the highest proof of that support is your clear commitment to coordinate, collaborate, and when appropriate, consolidate with like-minded social justice advocates.
We may not have budgets of 7 or more figures at our disposal or inside tracks to the world's private sector and public sector movers and shakers. But we have each other, i.e., the justice loving people of America. The strength and sustainability we need can and should be harnessed; a little from each of us. The resistance is much like a puzzle and we each hold a piece essential to its completion.
Yes, becoming paralyzed by disappointment and frustration is an option. That outcome is certainly an intended objective of those perpetrating persistent U.S. legal abuse. How about you not give them the satisfaction of it. Kindly consider and join us in this plan for relief: Organizing and Mobilizing like a BOSS!
I agree that meaningful messages and reforms need backing through organization and mobilization. Historically, they have played a role in U S independence, meaningful labor legislation, civil rights legislation, and more.
It does no harm and often can help if someone at risk of system abuse or legal abuse is known to be part of a group. There is more power and influence in unity than there is in isolation, and potential and need for growth obviously impact adversaries as well as members.
Meaningful organization and mobilization can have influence and yield results where 7 figure or other large budgets are lacking.