Why Do I Need a Civil Rights Lawyer?

The 2019 Class Marshals Last Lectures Series, featuring Professor Klarman. The Last Lectures are a tradition for the graduating class which provide students with an opportunity to hear selected HLS Professors impart words of wisdom before we leave HLS.

Because the United States has very clear and strongly enforced laws that protect one from discrimination based on race, sexual orientation, gender, religion, national original and disability, one should expect to be treated equal in all regards. If, however, you feel you have been discriminated against and your civil rights have been violated, you may wish to file a lawsuit.

While you can file a lawsuit yourself without securing the services of a lawyer, doing so may be a mistake. Here are some of the reasons as to why you should hire a civil rights lawyer when filing a civil rights lawsuit:

  • The other side will be represented – You can rest assured that the party you filed the suit against will be represented by an attorney, and quite a possibly, a team of attorneys. Their knowledge of civil rights law, precedents and the specific facts pertaining to your case will be extensive. They will come armed with facts and knowledge that will likely overwhelm any individual who is trying to represent themselves solely.
  • The odds of winning will be exponentially higher – Statistics show that the overwhelming majority of cases won are those where a lawyer represented the winner. There is an incredible amount of protocols that pertain to the legal process and if you fail to meet even just ONE, your case may be thrown out or at least pushed back even further until the proper protocols have been met.
  • You will be inundated with paperwork and TO DO items – Civil rights cases in particular require a lot of paperwork and documentation as part of the process. You will be required to supply accurate records on a number of items, and this will require much time and effort on your part. Hiring a lawyer, on the other hand, will remove all this work from you as the law firm will take care of everything from start to finish.
  • Meetings, meetings, and more meetings – Another aspect of lawsuits involving civil rights cases is the need for a multitude of in person meetings. At any given time, you may be summoned to appear for a deposition, an interview concerning your case, or meet before a judge. If you work full time or even part time, making all these meetings can be difficult if not impossible. If you hire a lawyer, they can send someone from their law firm to represent you in these matters saving you much time and frustration.

While your civil rights claim could be extremely egregious and, in your opinion, winnable by the mere statement of facts, unfortunately, lawsuits are never that easy. Hiring a qualified attorney to represent you will save you time, frustration, and great increase the chances of your winning the case and in turn, possibly receive significant compensation. A law firm that has experience in handling these types of cases is the recommended course of action if you believe your civil rights have been violated and you wish to file a lawsuit. For more information on the need for a Civil Rights Lawyer, visit: https://friedmanlevy.com/civil-rights/how-a-civil-rights-lawyer-can-help/


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