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Ms. Emmanuela SaintJean, of Haitian descent published an article on Ms.JD directed towards persons interested in practicing public interest law.
Ms. SaintJean states that:
While there are various branches in public interest, we all have one aim and that is to do good and pursue justice. A few practical ways we can be stronger together is by;
1. Listening: It’s not enough to just hear the issues the people we serve, we must listen to issues, listening is intentional. Briefly, put yourself in your client shoes, and give them the same attention you would want.
2. Sharing Resources: Share financial resources, list of food pantries, shelters, listing of other agencies that can serve your clients, employees, and even a willing intern.
3. Be Radical: Be unapologetic about your zeal and passion to serve your clients. Graciously, don’t take no for an answer, be creative and think outside the box when thinking of a solution. Remember the people that you serve are counting on your brilliance to help them. Finally stronger together means
4. Being Committed: Dr. Martin Luther King said “If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michaelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.” If we are going to be strong together we must be truly committed to the work that we do. Public interest work is not for the faint at heart, it requires long hours, fewer dollars, and fewer resources but the reward of making a positive impact on the lives of the clients we serve far outweighs the bad, and this cause is worthy of all that we have.