About Solidarity Law
I have shamelessly stolen the tagline for Solidarity Law from Bill Quigley, social justice advocate and Director of the Law Clinic and the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center at Loyola University New Orleans. In his “Revolutionary Lawyering” essay, Quigley quotes the radical Supreme Court justice Louis Brandeis, who lamented:
“Instead of holding a position of independence between the wealthy and the people, able lawyers have neglected their obligation to use their powers for the protection of the people.”
To counteract that reality, writes Quigley:
“Revolutionaries are called not just to test the limits of the current legal system or to reform the current law, but also to join in the destruction of unjust structures and systems and to tear them up by their roots. We are called to replace them with new systems based on fairness and justice.”
I am a law student at the University of Wisconsin Law School, and I fully intend to participate in the destruction of the unjust structures and systems of the American legal landscape. Solidarity Law is my effort to document some of those unjust structures and systems, celebrate those who are tearing out their roots, and encourage more lawyers to become revolutionaries.
Because there are enough lawyers defending the way things are. There really, really, are.
I hope you will join me.
– Will Kramer