The Trial Lawyer Fall 2017 - Page 11

solutions; instead, he’s dividing and stoking hatred for his own benefit. Trump said there was bigotry “on many sides” and that some “very fine people” were marching with the white supremacist protest group in Charlottesville. William Saletan, in a Slate article titled “What Trump Supporters Really Believe,” points to polls that reveal that “Overt racists aren’t a decisive share of the electorate, but they’re a substantial part of the president’s coalition. And this gives them far more power than they would otherwise enjoy.” Saletan concludes: When you put all these numbers together, they suggest two things. First, the most likely predictor of overt racism isn’t being white, conservative, or Republican. It’s supporting Trump. Second, among Trump fans, the racist constituency is significant. Twelve percent of strong Trump approvers express a favorable opinion of neo-Nazis, and 19 percent express a favorable view of white nationalists. Twenty-two percent of Trump voters say some white supremacists are “very fine people,” and 45 percent — a plurality — say whites face more discrimination than other groups do. racial harmony, justice for all and equality aren’t just antiquated slogans that have lost any meaning. If we still believe in these things, we have to prove it. When the occasion presents itself for one or more of us to undertake the representation of persons or causes victimized by these issues, we as trial lawyers need to be ready to respond and undertake the representation regardless of the potential political unpopularity or risks to ourselves or our practices. Doing that won’t be easy; but not doing it means failing our founding fathers as well as all the other leaders throughout our history who have fought and sacrificed for liberty and justice for all. On another note, don’t forget to register now for the 2018 Trial Lawyers Summit, February 4–7, 2018 at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel in beautiful, sunny South Beach. Not only is it a wonderful way to get away in the midst of winter, it’s also a great opportunity to learn and share ideas with the finest civil plaintiff and criminal defense attorneys in America. You can find out how to improve your skills in the courtroom and how to improve the marketing and management of your law firm. It’s a great gathering, and well worth the investment. I hope to see you in South Beach in February! “Morituri te salutamus!” Trump’s hedging comments on a subject of such easy clarity caused members of his own cabinet to criticize or distance themselves from his statements. When asked by Fox News whether his boss shares traditional American values of justice, equality and fairness, Secretary of State Rex T [\ۈZY8'B\Y[XZ܈[\['HXܙ]\HوY[B[Y\X]\H]\[و[H[\\YۈY[8'[H\H[H[[\[H]X[\[[[\X[™XX\[[] 'B[H^H[H]] ۘ[[\\XY[\][ۈۈH\Y [Y\XH\ۘHB[[XXۈوKHܛ8&\XY[Y]Bو[[ܘXH[\XK][ۜ\[\[Y\X[\Hۙ\[]H[]Y]\œ[܋Y[][ˈ]8&\HH]\XZBX\]\ۙ\[Y[Y\X[YX[ق%QSPTTU T8%