Bloggers Stephanie West Allen and Julie Fleming Brown have been asking fellow legal bloggers to join them in a great year end blogging project (see below.) Here is my contribution:
Lawyers appreciate the rule of law and the separation of powers that have been enshrined in our Constitution for over 200 years.
Since September 11th, our country has become much more aware of the threat of terrorism. In an effort to address these existential threats, some politicians have advocated policies which curb our civil liberties in the name of defending our nation. I am proud to say that it is the legal community that has come forward and argued for the importance of keeping an independent judiciary. It is lawyers who appreciate the rule of law and the genius of our system of separation of powers. It is attorneys who have come forward to educate the public that torture, warrant less eavesdropping and unchecked executive powers are all inconsistent with our democracy.
See (https://lifeatthebar.wordpress.com/2006/12/22/lawyers-appreciate-a-10-day-countdown/) and on Idealawg (https://www.typepad.com/t/trackback/7254282). In brief, Stephanie West Allen (https://westallen.typepad.com/idealawg/) and Julie Fleming Brown have been discussing the negativity that’s so prevalent in discussions about the law and decided to launch a project that celebrates the positive contributions that lawyers make to society.