Defiance Is Part Of A Lawyer's Job
We want it known that we are the Defiant Lawyers. My daughter and law partner, Chloe Corbett, our managing partner and chief litigator, coined the phrase. My initial response was lukewarm since people typically view defiance negatively. However, it quickly grew on me for several reasons.
What Is Defiance
First, the Merriam-Webster dictionary defines defiance as confronting, challenging, combating, withstanding, contending, fighting, or resisting something or someone. The list is long, but you get the picture. If I express what defiance is in my words, it’s saying no when you believe something is wrong or refusing to accept no when you think you’re right.
How We Defy an Unjust Legal System
Our business is contentious and adversarial. It’s not for the faint of heart, especially for lawyers like us who place our hearts in the fight. And the above definition of defiance is precisely what we do every day for our clients. We legally confront, challenge, combat, withstand, contend, fight, or resist stingy insurance companies, greedy corporations, ruthless prosecutors, racist entities, and unreasonable spouses or parents on behalf of our clients. When we believe we’re right, we’ll not take no for an answer.
America Was Founded In Defiance
Nothing is more American than defiance. Defiance is in our blood. It’s prominent in the American zeitgeist. It’s up there with baseball and apple pie. The Boston Tea Party was an act of rebellion and defiance of the English Monarchy. So was the American Revolutionary War. Even the America’s Civil War was defiance albeit for the worse reason, to preserve slavery.
African Americans Have Had To Defy America
My fondness for the title Defiant Lawyers increased for another reason. As an African American, I know we’ve had to be defiant throughout our journey as Americans. We had to defy slavery, slave laws, legalized segregation, Jim Crow, racial discrimination, mass incarceration, and much more. Today we’re still defying unjust laws and systems, including voter suppression, anti-critical race theory laws, and anti-protest laws, as well as disparities in health, wealth, education, etc. Our defiance never ends. The defiance in the legal space is especially important given the preeminence of the law here.
Empowering You To Defy An Unjust System
My last reason for loving the Defiant Lawyer name is how we plan to use it to empower you. We want to teach you how to defy injustices strategically and legally for yourself and your family. Here’s our thinking. Sometimes injustices are subtle micro-aggressions that don’t need the services and expenses of a lawyer. However, you still may need to address micro-aggressions with the offender. For example, you may not need an attorney when a teacher is mistreating your child. Nevertheless, you may still need to take a stand against discrimination. We want to equip you with the best information to handle such micro-aggressions or other wrongs.
Here’s how we plan to accomplish our mission of empowering you to defy the powers to be. We will use social media to provide legal analysis on trending politics, policies, personalities, and pop culture. Our legal analysis will educate you on the law and how to use it to defy the system’s efforts to disempower you or your loved one.
Where To Find Our Content
The best way to obtain our empowering content is by subscribing to our Defiant Lawyers YouTube channel. Our channel already has many types of informative legal videos. We will upload many more soon. Please help us get our content to many people. Currently, we have a little over 1000 subscribers, but we want 100,000 subscribers.
We simply want to help as many people as possible defy this often unfair and unjust system. We will call our subscribers Rebels in honor of other Rebels such as Dr. King, Harriet Tubman, Justice Thurgood Marshall, John Lewis, Stacy Abrams, former President and First Lady Barack, and Michelle Obama many more.
There’s no way around it. In America, the law controls our lives, and it impacts us in ways we sometimes don’t even recognize. The law’s impact can be negative or positive. For many minorities, especially, the effect is negative. We will teach you how to defy that negative impact and fight back legally.