Civil Liberties and Constitutional Law
RRBMDK prides itself on being a defender of the civil liberties of its clients. RRBMDK attorneys have worked in scores of cases to vindicate the basic principles embodied in our Bill of Rights and to protect the liberties of ordinary people confronted with oppressive, unfair, or discriminatory treatment. This has frequently meant taking unpopular positions and fighting against powerful forces.
Our Bill of Rights, in the words of the late Justice William Brennan, is “a sublime oration on the dignity of man, a bold commitment by a people to the ideal of libertarian dignity protected through law.” Its 462 words enunciate legal privileges and immunities which, for the most part, are invoked, and were intended to be invoked, against government, even against the will of the majority. The point that many simply fail to understand is that the broad liberties enshrined in our Bill of Rights themselves place sometimes costly limits on the powers of government. While the costs of upholding constitutional law and order are sometimes dear, and frequently painfully visible, those who cannot find solace and satisfaction each time one of our basic guarantees is given effect, even if at a significant cost, have missed—or perhaps forgotten—something wonderfully inspiring in the enduring principles of liberty which are nowhere better expressed than in the first ten amendments to our Constitution.
RRBMDK attorneys have successfully fought to preserve and protect these cherished liberties through the years. We have sought justice for persons falsely accused of crime; for suspects mistreated by law enforcement officers; for individuals discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, or national origin; for prisoners subjected to cruel and inhuman punishments; for citizens denied their rights to freedom of speech, religion, travel and assembly; for men and women denied autonomy over their own bodies and families; and for others subjected to threats and deprivations of their fundamental liberties. We are deeply committed to continuing in this never-ending struggle to preserve the best of our system of laws and justice. There is no higher calling for an attorney.
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