Recently, I blogged about Mary McClymont’s moving and wonderful speech when she got the Champion of Justice Award.
Now, here is the video.
Some of the key text:
. . . there is good news: the crisis has given rise in recent years to an array of innovations to help serve more people who cannot afford a lawyer—such as assisted self-help services, online information and forms, and non-lawyer specialists. When properly coordinated and resourced, these solutions can work together to serve millions more people and make possible a system that provides effective legal help to everyone—when they need it, and in a form they can use.
There is a movement for transformative change underway which includes more than the usual suspects: The highest level—chief justices of the state courts— have recently issued a clarion call for meaningful access to justice for all using a full spectrum of these services and innovations: they have asked leaders in each state to unite across organizational boundaries to make it happen.
The vanguard of this movement has issued a rallying cry of “justice for all” and not just for those who can afford it. I hope all you champions of justice in the room will hear and join in that cry and think how you can contribute to this critical need.
I would encourage the wide use of this video with multiple constituencies:
With potential funders because it uses their language
With boards because it frames things in ways that broad audiences can understand
With court and community based organization staff because it helps get them beyond a narrow view of mission
With policy advocates in non-legal areas because it emphases the links to their worldviews
With Access to Justice Commissions because it should help them embrace broad common view of larger mission.
With law students to show what this is all about
With pro bono lawyers to expand their view.