Gerry Spence’s Priceless Litigation Advice What is presented is not likely understood by many but it is incredibly true. Attorney Gerry Spence has not lost a criminal case since 1969. Spence’s Lifetime Achievement Award 2013: Spence, whose high-profile cases include the Karen Silkwood case, the defense of Randy Weaver at Ruby Ridge, and the defense of Geoffrey Fieger, told the AAJ members he was honored by the award, but emphasizing recognizing others who fight for justice, often without notice. He said, “Most of our profession’s lifetime achievers are lawyers across the country who fight for justice day in and day out without necessarily making much money or ending up in newspapers and on TV. These great lawyers fight hard for what is right, and are there for their communities and the people that need them, through thick and through thin.” Spence urged the audience to commit to preserving justice in this country by fighting for justice. “It is up to us individually to help prevent corporate and government interests from taking away the rights and liberties of individuals that make this country great,” he said. You can even use “Facebook” to do it since it will cause no harm to anyone. Hahhaa  unless you are an AR in which case it’s a different story.

Public interest and television work (from Wiki) For many years, Spence has lectured at law schools and conducted seminars at various legal organizations around the country.[16] He is the founder and director of the non-profit Trial Lawyers College, where, per its mission statement, lawyers and judges “committed to the jury system” are trained to help achieve justice for individuals fighting “corporate and government oppression,” particularly those individuals who could be described as “the poor, the injured, the forgotten, the voiceless, the defenseless and the damned.”[17] Spence is also the founder of Lawyers and Advocates for Wyoming, a non-profit, public interest law firm.  Spence served as legal consultant for NBC television covering the O.J. Simpson trial and has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey ShowLarry King Live, and Geraldo.

It was noted from an article in 1981 about Spence which changed his life: …..’Then came a chance encounter with a disabled man he’d once devastated in court. Having injured his back in an auto crash, the victim filed a claim. Says Spence, “I arrogantly and unjustly beat him” out of compensation. It was the victim’s unexpected behavior—”He was so kind to me, so gentle”—that triggered in the lawyer a life-altering epiphany: “People said I had great skills, but what does it mean if you don’t use them correctly?”,,20080055,00.html

That afternoon, Spence says, he severed all his ties to 40 insurance companies and vowed to serve only “the little man. In America, corporations need us to survive, so they’ve enslaved our minds and our value systems. But like dragons, corporations can be slain. I decided to be seen as the country lawyer, living in a small town, who could kill corporations in the courtroom.”

*It should be noted that Spence acted for insurance companies which apparently did not do right by the ordinary citizen, or so it would seem. It is wonderful that Spence figured out he did not have to battle FOR insurance or corporations, but he never HAD to choose that work in the first place, nor does any other attorney. When one figures out that one does not need to serve the wrong master (and it isn’t that difficult to figure out really…) it makes sense that one should think fairly hard about who/why he/she works for — other than to earn a living. The bigger question may end up being whether the paycheck is big enough for the attorney’s requirements.

It should be also noted that we do not intend to infer that working for animal rights means one is using skills correctly, since animal welfare and animal rights are not the same thing. And animals are not people. Lest we forget. Animals are property under the law.

As a reminder— Review the 12 steps of animal rights, which clearly states that the pet trade should be eliminated and all breeding should be eliminated. In particular # 6 through #11.


ANIMAL RIGHTS—–seek to end the use and ownership of animals, including the keeping of pets.

They believe that any use of an animal is exploitation so, not only must we stop using animals for food and clothing, but pet ownership must be outlawed as well.

They want to obtain legal rights for animals as they believe that animals and humans are equal.

They use false and unsubstantiated allegations of animal abuse to raise funds, attract media attention and bring supporters into the movement. (The Inhumane Crusade, Daniel T. Oliver)
The Twelve Steps of the Animal Rights Agenda

(“The Politics of Animal Liberation,” by Kim Bartlett, editor of Animals’ Agenda, November 1987.)

1. Abolish by law all animal research.

2. Abolish by law all other types of animal testing.

3. Encourage vegetarianism for ethical, ecological, and health reasons.

4. Phase out intensive confinement livestock production.

5. Eliminate use of herbicides, pesticides, etc.

6. Transfer animal law enforcement of Department of Agriculture to another agency.

7. Eliminate commercial trapping and fur ranching.

8. Prohibit hunting, trapping and fishing for sport.

9. Urge US action to prevent destruction of rainforests and end international trade in wildlife and goods produced from exotic and/or endangered fauna or flora.

10. Discourage any further breeding of companion animals, including pedigreed or purebred dogs and cats. Promote spay and neuter of all pets by government subsidized clinics.

11. End the use of animals in entertainment and sports, with reappraisal of zoos and aquariums.

12. Prohibit genetic manipulation of species.

“For one thing we would no longer allow breeding. People could not create different breeds. If people had companion animals in their homes, these animals would have to be refugees from the animal shelter and the streets … But as the surplus of cats and dogs declined, eventually companion animals would be phased out and we would return to a more symbiotic relationship — enjoyment at a distance.” — Ingrid Newkirk, National Director of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

Chris DeRose, Last Chance for Animals

“Saying that human concerns outweigh animal concerns is just more bullshit.”
(Animal rights rally, Edison, New Jersey, November 30, 2002)

“If the death of one rat cured all diseases, it wouldn’t make any difference to me.” (As quoted in “Biting Back,” Los Angeles Times, April 12, 1990, p. E12)

Michael Fox, Vice President, Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)

“Humane care (of animals) is simply sentimental, sympathetic patronage.”
(1988 Newsweek interview)

“The life of an ant and the life of my child should be accorded equal respect.”
(Associated Press, Jan. 15, 1989)

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