Why I’m Proud To Be a Trial Lawyer (My Rant)!

The rights and liberties our ancestors fought and died for (civil rights, due process and equal protection) are now, for the most part, thought less about by most Americans than the big question concerning who is going to be sent home on the next “Survivor” television show? More people know the names of the “OC Housewives” or “Bachelor” contestants than the names of our U.S. Supreme Court justices. This isn’t OK and I need to get this off my chest.

My name is Mitch Jackson and I’ve been a trial lawyer for 3 decades. It’s in my blood. Being a trial lawyer is something I’m very proud of.

Trial lawyers protect those who do not have the ability or resources to protect themselves. They keep the peace and make sure everyone plays by the rules. They are an indispensable part of a society and a group of professionals who work every day to try and make sure everyone and every corporation is equal, fair and just.

In a world where “alternative facts” start to become the norm and, a complete lack of respect for our Constitution, Separation of Powers, independent judicial system, and the free press, is promoted and endorsed by our “leaders” in Washington DC, you need to know the following:

When a person or company, no matter how big or important, decides that the law doesn’t apply to what they’re doing, trial lawyers are there to hold that wrongdoer accountable.

What we do matters. I truly believe that a good trial lawyer is the custodian of the community’s legal and ethical sense. We are not the enemy of business or progress. In fact, we’re just the opposite. We protect the rights and freedom of people and business and make sure quality products and safety always come first. We are the ally of business and the American dream.

The law and function of trial lawyers have changed over time. And that’s a good thing. Since the beginning of civilization, a common element of all people and societies is change. Trial lawyers and the law are no different. We need to continue to improve and revamp ourselves based upon prior conduct and the present and future needs of society.

Revamping or renovating something special is always the preferred approach. It’s not always easy but is always necessary. In fact, some call this cycle the cycle of life. Even the Statute of liberty wore out after a hundred years. It needed to be refurbished. No big deal.

Along the same lines and over 2 centuries ago a lawyer, Thomas Jefferson, helped pen the Declaration of Independence. Today it stands strong. It continues to be a landmark- a human progress of ideas, ideals and values.

The Declaration of Independence and for that matter, our Constitution, are living, breathing and changing documents. Monuments much older than the Statute of Liberty, and erected on paper rather than a cement foundation. Documents etched indelibly in the minds and free men and women wherever they are.

Most people on this planet believe equality and justice are primary concerns. Truth be told, this isn’t the case. People living in third world countries controlled by dictatorships know this all too well. Many Americans don’t truly appreciate the rights and liberties they experience on a daily basis.

And that’s too bad.

Tragically, it seems to me that many Americans have become passive when it comes to protecting their liberty and justice. They take for granted what some “talking head” says and they go along with the flow.

Based upon what I’m seeing and hearing almost on a daily basis, the average American just doesn’t’ believe it is his or her duty to preserve the liberties that all of us enjoy. And I find that very sad.

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Our New Jackson & Wilson Website

Many of you know me only as the “Streaming Lawyer.”

What you may not know is that for the past 32 years, I’ve been one of the Senior Partners of a California litigation and trial lawyer law firm that I started back in 1986 called “Jackson & Wilson, Inc.”

This past weekend we updated our law firm website with the help of Scorpion (full disclosure, I’m a brand ambassador for the company). We happen to think the new site is fantastic and would enjoy your feedback and suggestions. When you have a couple of minutes, please click here to take a look.

Thanks!

 

How To Build Your Brand Using the “You Should Know” Newsletter

This was fun! A big “thank you” for the opportunity to share the Let America Know’s “You Should Know” legal newsletter with my social media legal community.

This service provides consumer attorneys with an easy and effective way to keep consumers and clients updated on what we do and what consumers need to know to stay safe. Hopefully I shared a few new ideas to help lawyers share the newsletter with their audience. Full disclosure, I am a brand ambassador for Let America Know (because I’m such a big fan of the service!)

Should You Copyright Protect Your Blog Posts?

This week’s topic on the LegalHour.live (each Wednesday at 2 pm ET) revolved around the need for bloggers to consider copyrighting their blog posts. We also walked you through each step you need to take to get this done.

With 1.8K views in the first 24 hours, I think Joey and I covered a hot topic this week. Watch by clicking here!


The legalHour.live is not all about business and law. Sometimes we like to have a bit of fun!

Legal Issues When Recording Conversations, Live Videos and Podcasts

Can you legally monitor (listen in) or record someone else during a telephone call, podcast or live video show? I share my thoughts, and tips, in the above 2 minute video.

My advice for my fellow livestreamers is to always get the express permission of your guest(s) to record and use the podcast or live video conversation. Sure, you can always argue that it was implied that you had permission to record the private or public interview or conversation but written permission (text or email confirmation) is the best way to document consent, especially in a two-party state.

After watching this video, see if you know the answer to the following question: “You are in California and you interview a guest located in New York on your podcast or live video show. Do the laws of a one-party or two-party state apply?”

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Fake News, Adobe VoCo and Authenticating Evidence

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