The thunderstorm outside is livid. It's unleashing its fury to the outside of my home and I'm sitting with the dogs in a corner of one room waiting for it to pass. It's the closest spot to the outlet for the laptop.

The storm I'm watching on a video has to do with an attorney who was arrested in Tennessee for standing up for the due process rights of those who are involved with child protective services (CPS).

You may or may not have heard of this case.

I don't know much about her and I am not endorsing her in any way. I simply wanted to know more.

It makes me happy to see lawyers rising up and genuinely arguing for what is good, true, and just.

I gotta tell you, though.

It's so hard to listen to these videos. I can't tell you how many stories I've heard/read when it comes to learning about the interactions of what CPS does "in the name of safety."

There's another woman in the video. I know nothing about her.

But I do know she expressed the realization that regular, non-lawyers, non-legal professionals are left to fend for themselves during these processes without proper access to justice.

Those of us that have experienced negative things at the hands of an agency or the hands of the legal system know first-hand about different things that are done behind closed doors, without our knowledge, and or the road blocks you face in attempting to get justice.

At times you know you and your child's rights are being violated and you know in the pit of your stomach, you're not being told everything.

Not everything at every step is being disclosed properly.

This type of behavior is wide spread and doesn't just happen with CPS. I believe the more people are educated on how to deal with the courts and learn to work the procedures, these types behaviors will start to be reduced.

I don't know what happened to this attorney's right to practice law or what has happened to her personally since all of this went down.

What I do know is that it raised awareness that:

  1. there are lawyers willing to call out issues and problem behaviors with the system.
  2. if you know where to look and how to do it, something can be done about the injustices you may be facing.

I know the legal course provides solid direction on where to look first, what to learn first, and what steps you'll need to follow.

I know (and have read of stories) where people who have taken this course, suddenly find the strength and the courage go on. Some of them find the path they need to defeat their opponent.

And in all cases, they aren't afraid anymore to demand that these agencies or systems follow proper protocol and adhere to exact due process.

That's very, very encouraging to me.

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