"If the judges interpret the laws themselves, and suffer none else to interpret, they may easily make, of the laws, [a shredded] shipman's hose!" - King James I of England, around 1616.

“No class of the community ought to be allowed freer scope in the expression or publication of opinions as to the capacity, impartiality or integrity of judges than members of the bar. They have the best opportunities of observing and forming a correct judgment. They are in constant attendance on the courts. Hundreds of those who are called on to vote never enter a court-house, or if they do, it is only at intervals as jurors, witnesses or parties. To say that an attorney can only act or speak on this subject under liability to be called to account and to be deprived of his profession and livelihood by the very judge or judges whom he may consider it his duty to attack and expose, is a position too monstrous to be entertained for a moment under our present system,” Justice Sharwood in Ex Parte Steinman and Hensel, 95 Pa 220, 238-39 (1880).

“This case illustrates to me the serious consequences to the Bar itself of not affording the full protections of the First Amendment to its applicants for admission. For this record shows that [the rejected attorney candidate] has many of the qualities that are needed in the American Bar. It shows not only that [the rejected attorney candidate] has followed a high moral, ethical and patriotic course in all of the activities of his life, but also that he combines these more common virtues with the uncommon virtue of courage to stand by his principles at any cost.

It is such men as these who have most greatly honored the profession of the law. The legal profession will lose much of its nobility and its glory if it is not constantly replenished with lawyers like these. To force the Bar to become a group of thoroughly orthodox, time-serving, government-fearing individuals is to humiliate and degrade it.” In Re Anastaplo, 18 Ill. 2d 182, 163 N.E.2d 429 (1959), cert. granted, 362 U.S. 968 (1960), affirmed over strong dissent, 366 U.S. 82 (1961), Justice Black, Chief Justice Douglas and Justice Brennan, dissenting.

" I do not believe that the practice of law is a "privilege" which empowers Government to deny lawyers their constitutional rights. The mere fact that a lawyer has important responsibilities in society does not require or even permit the State to deprive him of those protections of freedom set out in the Bill of Rights for the precise purpose of insuring the independence of the individual against the Government and those acting for the Government”. Lathrop v Donohue, 367 US 820 (1961), Justice Black, dissenting.

"The legal profession must take great care not to emulate the many occupational groups that have managed to convert licensure from a sharp weapon of public defense into blunt instrument of self-enrichment". Walter Gellhorn, "The Abuse of Occupational Licensing", University of Chicago Law Review, Volume 44 Issue 1, September of 1976.

“Because the law requires that judges no matter how corrupt, who do not act in the clear absence of jurisdiction while performing a judicial act, are immune from suit, former Judge Ciavarella will escape liability for the vast majority of his conduct in this action. This is, to be sure, against the popular will, but it is the very oath which he is alleged to have so indecently, cavalierly, baselessly and willfully violated for personal gain that requires this Court to find him immune from suit”, District Judge A. Richard Caputo in H.T., et al, v. Ciavarella, Jr, et al, Case No. 3:09-cv-00286-ARC in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, Document 336, page 18, November 20, 2009. This is about judges who were sentencing kids to juvenile detention for kickbacks.

Monday, September 20, 2021

The ACLU hires people to practice law without a license, with a great salary and benefits, too


Here is a job just posted by the ACLU on

Note that the ACLU does not require for this job either a law degree or a law license while the job clearly requires "practice of law" in Virginia.

In other words, the ACLU hires people to violate criminal state law?

But - since it is the child of Soros and Ginsburg - it can do anything?


Policy and Advocacy Strategist

$58,000 - $108,000 a year - Full-time
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$58,000 - $108,000 a year
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The Policy and Advocacy Strategist helps to develop and implement the ACLU-VA’s legislative, policy, and advocacy priorities by:

  • Analyzing current and prospective local, state, and national ACLU issues.
  • Conducting, analyzing, and presenting rigorous research which:
  • Identifies and evaluates best practices around model policies and programs (legislation, ordinances, directives, practices), as well as implementation strategies.
  • Building and maintaining trusted, respectful relationships with people directly impacted by the issues, community members and leaders, coalitions, allied organizations, issue experts, legislative staff, government officials, and elected officials.
  • In coordination with Policy Director, lead and co-lead legislative and policy strategies which:
  • Increase public and impacted community awareness of, and opportunities to engage on, civil liberties and civil rights issues.
  • Will result in meaningful change and actively mitigate potential disparate impact on Black and Brown communities.
  • Include a plan for successful implementation and a process for monitoring impact.
  • Help lead legislative and policy program implementation by:
  • Coordinating to develop and implement ACLU-VA’s legislative agenda and advocacy priorities, including but not limited to lobbying local government officials, members of the legislature, their staff and the Governor’s office, analyzing and tracking legislation, drafting legislation or amendments and preparing and delivering testimony
  • Coordinating and participating in legislative and advocacy meetings to advocate on behalf of ACLU VA’s legislative agenda
  • At each stage of the work, the Policy and Advocacy Strategist is expected to:
  • Draft clear, concise internal and external memos and develop advocacy tools in coordination with the communications team– including fact sheets, talking points, public education materials, position letters, and policy briefs – in multiple formats for a range of audiences.
  • Work with the Policy Team and community members to include the voices, perspectives, and experiences of those directly impacted by the issues being addressed into the process.

Salary Range: $58,000 - $108,000. To preserve the opportunity for advancement, we do not typically hire above the mid-point of the range.

Benefits include 4 weeks paid vacation; 4 weeks sick leave; employer-paid medical, vision, and dental insurance for staff and eligible dependents; a 401(k) retirement benefits plan with employer match; life insurance; and short and long-term disability insurance.

Due to COVID-19 and our desire to keep our employees safe, our organization is currently operating remotely. This will continue until at least January 4, 2022. After that time, we have an interim remote work policy in place that will offer remote work flexibility to all staff until June 30, 2022. After that time, employees will follow the long-term remote work policy( to be discussed during the hiring process). This position will occasionally require a presence in the downtown Richmond office.

. Requirements:

Minimum Requirements

  • Significant hands-on experience successfully advocating for legislative or policy change on social justice and/or civil liberties issues.
  • Experience in researching, collecting, and synthesizing large amounts of information from a range of sources and providing recommendations on next steps.
  • Proven ability to think critically and strategically about solving problems in a way that produces results.
  • A commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging.
  • A commitment to the mission and values of the ACLU of Virginia, including racial justice and anti-racism.
  • Willingness and availability to work beyond the normal workday and on weekends during Virginia’s Legislative Session as needed.

Essential Skills & Abilities

  • A Policy and Advocacy Strategist must have policy development and implementation experience, a curious and strategic mindset, and experience working on the core issues for criminal legal reform
  • Experience lobbying or advocating for a legislative measure in Virginia or another state or local government.
  • Demonstrated experience working with individuals and communities directly impacted by racial injustice.
  • Experience tracking legislation through the legislative process at a state or federal level and communicating progress to others.
  • Experience working in a diverse coalition to achieve a policy change outcome.

Desirable Experience, Skills & Abilities

  • Proven ability to communicate clearly and effectively, explaining complex issues in accessible terms for a range of audiences, both verbally and in writing.
  • Proven ability to work independently and manage multiple projects with competing deadlines on a tight timeline, while maintaining a strong attention to detail.
  • Proven ability to build and maintain effective relationships with a broad range of constituencies, including people who have been impacted by the policies for which we advocate.
  • Resilience and understanding that working towards systemic change is a marathon and not a sprint.
  • Experience in helping to develop campaign goals, plans, strategies, and tactics to achieve outcomes on specific issue areas particularly policy experience advocating for anti-racist models for criminal legal reform is a plus
  • Experience working on both issue campaigns and electoral campaigns a plus.
  • Ability to communicate in Spanish, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Arabic, ASL or other language used by marginalized communities across Virginia.
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