Because of our training and education, lawyers act as advocates.
When we are acting as lawyer allies, however, we are advocating for justice more generally, without a specific client in mind.
One of the main ways we do this is by defending the rights of protesters to utilize their First Amendment rights to protest legally and peacefully and supporting them if this right is challenged.
Our role in this regard is often to act as a “back-up singer” to the cause of justice and equality — that is, we don’t want our message to over power the message of our brothers and sisters fighting on the front lines.
Additionally, we can use our training to help advocate for just causes by writing to and speaking with legislators and political leaders who might otherwise ignore or disregard messages from protesters or advocates from other channels.
So what does being a lawyer ally look like?