Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Recently a national advocate for victims of domestic violence told me it was important for me to document our inability to obtain proper legal representation. I have been searching for such representation extensively for many years, and I have well over a thousand pages of correspondence with numerous attorneys, legal firms, legal advocacy organizations, victims' rights and assistance organizations, etc. that document this search. To this end, periodically I will be posting copies of some of this documentation. I believe I will eventually be able to show conclusively that despite living in a supposedly free country, some people still have their most basic civil rights blatantly and repeatedly violated. (We are not the only people this has happened to here by any means, and I'm asking others to share their stories as well, either as comments or with me privately at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
I will be posting these documents somewhat randomly, so the numbers on them will be for identification purposes only. Documents from lawyers or law firms will be labeled "Lawyer" plus an i.d. number, ones from organizations will be labeled "Organization" plus a number, etc.
Here you see an early example from my search. A little background is necessary. A few months after my husband left in 1999, I received a letter from a former roommate of mine I'd kept in touch with for many years expressing her sympathy for what had happened with my husband and reminding me that her sister was a lawyer who now had a practice in Austin. My friend said in this letter that she'd mentioned our situation to her sister and that her sister had told her if the children and I needed legal help, I should contact her.
I later learned my friend's sister was a very well-known attorney in Austin, and I finally did contact her in 2003 to ask her for help by sending her the email you see here. To my shock, she not only refused to help us, but she also apparently lied about how my ex-husband had somehow illegally obtained a copy of my email to her. Sadly, I never heard from my friend again, either.