NOTE: These steps are designed for individuals not organized
groups. If you are interested in organizing a group to pursue legal
reform goals, read the section entitled "Warnings about Political
Organizing and Reporting" found elsewhere in this web site.
#1, know which office holders are lawyers and which candidates are
lawyers. If needs be, call the bar association or candidate's
headquarters to get this information.
Step #2, in conversation
and in personal letters let you friends and neighbors know which office
holders and candidates are lawyers. Do not send letters to people you
don't know. Personalize your letters, don't do mass mailings.
#3, never give money to umbrella political organizations, like political
parties, it is impossible to keep your money from flowing, at least in
part, to some lawyers' campaigns. Give money directly to non-lawyers who
run for office and mention in your cover note that it is good to see a
non-lawyer running for office.
Step #4, tell every pollsters,
or political fund-raiser, or political advocate who calls that you never
vote for a lawyer. These people are told to keep track of comments
offered. Political consultant read these comments and use them when
making candidate recruitment decision in the next political cycle.
Step #5, write Letters to the Editor and phone "call in shows"
commenting on the need for more non-lawyers in public life and in the
Step #6, run for office against a lawyer. In the
election make your opponent's training/occupation, as a lawyer, an
issue. Ask the voters - should a 'officer of the court' be running for
this office? Does your opponent have 'divided loyalties' among the three
branches of government? Even if you fail to win, you will be using the
election process to educate the public; you will be planting seeds of
doubt that might bloom later.
Step #7, promote the introduction
of a Citizen Initiative Petition at the Federal level. Initiative Petitions
could be used by the voters to remove Supreme Court Justices, pass
laws, and/or amend the US Constitution. Those States that have this
process has added accountability to their governmental system,
particularly their courts. Only the most arrogant of judges rule
against the people's will, especially when the people have the power
to remove him (or her) from office.
Step #8, read legal reform
literature, books, and websites. The new magazine, Anti Shyster, or the
Gideon's Trumpet newsletter are good places to start. (For more
information see the "About the Author, Related Links, and Suggested
Reading" page in this website.)
Step #9, when discussing these
matters with a lawyer (or a pro-lawyer person) kept calm, be
systematic, start with the basics . You have been given an opportunity
to educate someone. Hit three points, 1) the founding fathers wanted a
system of checks and balances; currently the checks on the Federal
Courts are broken and non-lawyer legislators are needed to fix them.
2) The eighth commandment says "thou shalt not lie", but we have a legal
system that calls for "countervailing dissimulation (lying)" to work.
The basic structure of our courts needs revision. 3) Costs are so high
average people can't use the system. To get two lawyers up to speed on
the facts and then put on a trial involving a disputed amount of $10,000
or $20,000 is economically unrealistic, so we need a simplified system
where only one lawyer is involved. REMEMBER - lawyers should not be
scorned; they should be pitied. Think of the scandalous ideas that
were pushed on them in
law school and the immoral legal processes they must accept to
remain in the bar association.
Step #10, write
letters to party officials saying "I'm disappointed that your party is
running so many lawyers for high office. I like many of the programs
your party supports, but I have a policy against voting for any 'officer
of the court' running for a legislative or executive position. "
Step #11, Begin refering to yourself as an "NL Voter" or
"NL Republican" or "NL Democrat" or "NL Reform Party Member" etc. NL
means "non lawyer". (So, the meaning of "NL Republican" would be
"I'm a Republican but I don't support lawyers".)
Step #12, don't try to do it all yourself; recruit others to help do
this important work. Share the information in this website with