The Blog Formerly Known As Practical Paralegalism
Although this video about paralegal Susan Hu’s work for the Center of Constitutional Rights was made by MTV in October 2007, it’s still a must-see for legal professionals interested in civil rights work and Guantanamo Bay in particular.
Today, there are lawyers all over the country still performing extensive pro bono representation on behalf of the remaining detainees.
Attorney General Eric Holder praised the lawyers representing the detainees during a March 19, 2010 speech before the Pro Bono Institute, including the following excerpt:
“As you all know, advancing the cause of justice sometimes means working for the sake of the fairness and integrity of our system of justice. This is why lawyers who accept our professional responsibility to protect the rule of law, the right to counsel, and access to our courts — even when this requires defending unpopular positions or clients — deserve the praise and gratitude of all Americans. They also deserve respect. Those who reaffirm our nation’s most essential and enduring values do not deserve to have their own values questioned. Let me be clear about this: Lawyers who provide counsel for the unpopular are, and should be treated as what they are — patriots.”