The District Attorneys’ Council and the District Attorneys Association have nine lobbyists working at the state Capitol every year pushing for changes that benefit law enforcement and prosecution, but are detrimental to defendants and your clients. Law enforcement has its own nine lobbyists working on its behalf. Agencies represented include the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Oklahoma and Tulsa County Sheriff’s’ Associations, the Oklahoma Police Chiefs Association, the FOP and the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. That’s 18 lobbyists working for the interests of law enforcement.
As an attorney, do you ever look at the law and wonder who wrote this? Does it concern you that many of the criminal statutes seem skewed toward law enforcement and prosecution? Well, there is a reason for that.
How many lobbyists are representing an agenda that subscribes to the constitutional rights of “a fair trial” and “innocent till proven guilty”? Zero.
Who’s been regularly tracking legislation to identify new laws and revisions to existing laws to make sure they don’t negatively impact your clients? No one.
The Oklahoma Justice Society was formed to provide a legislative advocacy group that defends the rights found in the U.S. Constitution as it relates to arrest, trial and conviction of an individual.
OJS has retained the services of a prominent lobbying firm establishing the first legislative presence, defending the interests of the accused and the attorneys that represent them.
OJS will strive to influence pending legislation by advocating for the interests of our clients. Our overarching goal is to ensure any new laws or changes to existing laws provide fairness and equity.
OJS will initiate a social media campaign to keep our peers and the public informed on important matters that can impact their daily lives.
OJS will work to insure that your voice is not only heard, but that your concerns are also understood.
TOP TEN REASONS TO JOIN OJS
- Give a Voice to Your Clients
- Give a Voice to Lawyers
- Protect Citizens’ Right to Fair Trial
- Level the Playing Field with the Government
- Advocate For Sensible Justice Reform
- Support and Ensure a Fair Impartial Judiciary
- Educate the Legislature
- Educate the Public
- Affect Positive Legislative Change
- Bring Justice to Oklahoma Citizens