our credo: disruptive advocacy.
The People's Law Firm applies an insurgent theory of litigation that we call "Disruptive Advocacy."
The philosophy behind this methodology is simple as it is literal. Disruption refers to interference with a process or system that prevents it from achieving its natural end. Advocacy is the act of taking action on behalf of a person or cause. Disruptive Advocacy interferes in systems whose natural process is to effect violence against human beings and prevents them from carrying out an immoral end.
The simple fact is that systems should make life better for people. Period. They should decrease human suffering and increase prosperity and happiness. And many of our systems do exactly that. Our modern transportation system enables us to travel vast distances in amounts of time that would have been unimaginable less than a hundred years ago. Our power grid permits energy generated in Boulder City, Nevada to power a child's electric toothbrush in Glendale. And modern technology allows the owner of a simple handheld device to access exponentially more information than what was contained in the largest library in the world as recently as a few decades ago.
These systems make our lives better. They help us live more prosperous, enjoyable, and productive lives. They help push the human race forward.
Not all systems serve the people, however. And when our systems begin effecting the opposite purpose -- harming people, depriving them of their rights, and causing additional suffering -- they lose their legitimacy.
Our legal system has reached this point. Originally created to serve the People, it now inflicts violence on them and deprives them of the fundamental human rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution -- viewing that document as an inconvenient impediment to "swift" justice.
We seek to disrupt this process by using the tools of the system itself: Civil actions filed under section 1983 of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; criminal motions to suppress and exclude evidence based on violations of the constitution; and, ultimately, trials to juries (the only unelected, uncompensated, and uncorrupted decision-makers left in this country).