As we begin the new year, it’s a good time to reflect and take stock. For my part, I remember to recognize and be thankful for the trust placed in our firm by our clients, and the opportunity to contribute to their journeys in achieving justice. Life has been completely unfair to many of them, especially those who were seriously injured or wrongfully convicted through no fault of their own. I am continually in awe at the level of grace and strength they’ve shown in continuing to fight against injustice, even when the odds are long. I hope that 2024 brings freedom and unity to them and their families.
Life is not supposed to be easy. All of us carry around burdens and troubles, some of which others may not see. This pain is a very real part of the human condition. But I try to live by the belief that there is a choice. People can choose how they play the hands they are dealt, and have the power to try to make the best of their situations and our time on earth. Watching our clients do just that, often in the face of unspeakable adversity, is inspirational.
Like everyone else, I am older than I used to be. While I have not accumulated any more wisdom than the next guy, with age has come reflection. One thing that I have come to believe and appreciate is this: the past is the past. It’s done and cannot be undone. The present and future, however, are still unfolding. Seems to me that it is up to each of us to decide what we will do with that truth. The resilience, grit, and belief that truth will prevail that I see in the people I work with continues to renew my commitment to working in civil rights and fighting for a better world. I’ve also watched many of my clients actively avoid being defined and defeated by what happened to them. At this holiday time, I am super grateful for this gift. May this new year renew our fight for freedom, accountability, and a more just criminal legal system for all.
Jon Loevy is the Founding Partner of the public interest firm Loevy + Loevy.