03 6 / 2013
For those considering law school, the institution does not teach critical thinking for the most part, but how to regurgitate and apply established law to relevant facts. It does not teach creativity, courage, passion and compassion, but often tries to kill or downplay these traits. Law school does not teach one how to represent a client, but rather how to avoid ending up in front of a disciplinary committee. There is another thing that law school can never teach: life experience. And if you have unique life experiences that help you relate to the persons you are supposed to represent, you have more to give than anyone else in the room. In short, there was little to miss.
While the legal profession is not lacking in the number of unemployed law school graduates looking for jobs, it is sorely lacking in the number of people who can truly claim to understand discrimination and represent marginalized communities."
Perna Lal, co-founder of DreamActivist.org and immigrant rights activist.
Full post here: http://prernalal.com/2013/05/juris-doctor/
01 8 / 2012
Viridiana Martinez, a NIYA organizer, put herself in deportation proceedings to infiltrate a detention center in Broward County, South Florida.
Undocumented immigration activists infiltrated an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facility in Southern Florida to conduct an undercover investigation. They claim to have found more than 100 low priority cases of people who, according to recent policies of the Obama administration, should be released.