My Dear Fellow Attorneys:
I have spent this week, the week we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr and his accomplishments during the civil rights movement, thinking about the very real parallels between that tumultuous time and where we are today in this country. Especially today, when I serving a sentence in a jail of sorts, I have been considering how King and his followers were constantly attacked. The attacks King and his followers suffered are not unlike the attacks that are visited upon those few who are standing up to defend consumers, fight for basic rights and the Rule of Law.
I am absolutely convinced that in the very near future, the sentiment of those who still do not fully appreciate what is happening in this country will shift in much the same way that the world now understands the profound wrongs that were visited upon nation prior to the civil rights movement. In much the same way that so many people finally woke up and became repulsed by the perpetuation of a system that was repugnant to the basic ideals this nation professed to represent, The People first will rise up to demand justice and economic rights, and then later those who are clinging to power will reluctantly yield.
My personal struggle comes at the very moment of a profound national crossroads. It has been rumored this week that the banks will announce a deal soon with the attorney generals from all across the country that have been investigating them. If any deal is indeed inked it will be a most dark day in this nation’s history. A deal between the banks and the attorney generals will indeed be the last nail in the coffin of the fiction that we are still a nation ruled by laws.
So as you think about all this, close your eyes for a moment and picture Martin Luther King sitting in a Birmingham jail and responding to a letter of complaint that he had recently received:
My Dear Fellow Attorneys:
While confined here in a foreclosure courtroom, I came across your recent statement calling my present activities “unwise and untimely.” Seldom do I pause to answer criticism of myself and the other foreclosure and consumer defense attorneys by those who do not understand that the work of defending the helpless is the highest calling of the legal profession. If I sought to answer all the criticisms that cross my desk, my secretaries would have little time for anything other than such correspondence in the course of the day, and I would have no time for constructive work. But since I feel that you are men of genuine good will and that your criticisms are sincerely set forth, I want to try to answer your statement in what I hope will be patient and reasonable terms.
Check out Matt’s letter in full here…
It’s long but well worth the read…