December 23, 2007

"Treat everyone with dignity and respect, and progress on justice will naturally flow"

From the University of Washington School of Law's Public Service Voices:

Conceptions of Justice: An Interview with Jay Stansell, a Seattle Federal Public Defender

I wasn’t aiming to become a public defender, I just fell into it. My original goal was to do political work on human rights violations in Central America. But it’s an illusion to think there’s one right spot to go to work for social justice – it’s where your heart is. I started doing misdemeanor criminal defense and I realized that there was a lot of human rights work that needed to be done here too..