Curating a Rebellion: Law Edition

“What is a Rebel? A man who says no, but whose refusal does not imply a renunciation. He is also a man who says yes, from the moment he makes his first gesture of rebellion.”

-Albert Camus

Today’s digital age has curated a virtual museum of political correctness, mediocrity, fear of challenging the norm, and demonstrates the depreciating limit of genuine human thought. So, it is in these times when the “weird heroes” and “mold-breaking champions” shine their brightest. Those in the legal profession enter into their careers knowing the stigma and stereotypes they are likely to be subject to…and for the legal professionals who are truly rebels: they don’t care. In a society obsessed with being politically correct and maintaining a “clean” reputation, it is these legal professionals who bluntly reject the norms without apology that I find to be beacon’s of hope.

I present the following sources for those doubting that legal rebels exist, with this attorney’s words ringing in my ears:

“…everyone with a twitter or Facebook account gets to let the world know how ignorant they are of the criminal justice system. I know, First Amendment. But your ignorance shows again when you mention that. The First Amendment protects you from the government, it doesn’t protect you on twitter or Facebook from people calling you out for your ignorance.”

  1. The American Bar Association’s Journal on “Legal Rebels”  According the the ABA: “The Legal Rebels project is the way the ABA Journal celebrates the most creative, forward-looking legal practitioners—those lawyers who are actively remaking the profession for the 21st century.”
  2. ABA’s “Box Breakers” strategies to encourage “outside the box” methods for problem solving. This is an insightful, humorous, and unique tool for anyone of any profession.
  3. Lawyers can be great journalists too. The blog “Above the Law” is a great source for legal news with humorous editorializing which makes for easy reading. Underneath the human narrative the facts are all still accurate and articles complete with relevant links to other sources and is a vital source for my legal news. The successful and trustworthy professionals in the legal industry responsible for this source describes: “Above the Law takes a behind-the-scenes look at the world of law. The site provides news and insights about the profession’s most colorful personalities and powerful institutions, as well as original commentary on breaking legal developments.”
  4. For a dry hard delivery of legal news is JD Supra which also links to a wide variety of sources and legal documents surrounding almost every legal issue imaginable.

I can’t discuss rebel lawyers (who also happen to be great writers) without mentioning Mike Cernovich. As an attorney, writer, and blogger…this man helps shape the media landscape and reminiscent of the ideals and methods pioneered by those like Hunter S. Thompson. His personal blog includes articles like “How to Survive a Public Shaming” and generally advises readers on how to roll with the punches, get media literate or get out, and laugh about it…or as he puts it “Go Full Gorilla”.

“Danger and Play” , Cernovich’s blog (named from the words of Nietzsche: “The real man wants two things – danger and play.”)  is updated regularly and not limited to the legal industry but discusses many issues surrounding “norms” and our digital media landscape complete with blunt criticism and bold advice. His articles and reviews range from “SJW’s Always Lie: Taking Down the Thought Police” and “11 Observations from 11 Years of Blogging”.

Polarizing figures? Absolutely. Then again, what revolutionary isn’t?

Weird Heroes & Mold-breaking Champions of Law Exist

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“Myths and legends die hard in America.  Weird heroes and mold-breaking champions exist as living proof to those who need it that the tyranny of the rat race is not yet final.”
-Hunter S. Thompson
Maybe lawyers are jaded, maybe those with a legal mind are just born bitter. Nonetheless, having the credentials and ability create rapid change makes one indispensable and it’s necessary to question everything. Everything, from what is splashed over front pages to what is seldom reported on. From Supreme Court decisions to those decisions of the lower courts…something’s gotta give. A wide variety of human rights groups/advocates, attorneys, and even court rulings seem to take an interest in even the most taboo subjects while “journalists” seem more interested in the propagation and fear and/or hate mongering.
Where lawyers and supreme court justices are skeptical, the media is speculative. The gap has grown and the players’ roles have reversed, changing the face of the game entirely. All of which reflects a media environment where government appears more skeptical of itself than media is of government.