We cannot Afford to
take all cases
EARN is a nonprofit organization dependent on donations from our supporters. In other words, with limited funds, staff, and resources, we regularly have to make difficult decisions about whether or not to take on a case or project. We reserve the right to pass on any work or case brought to our attention. These are our decisions solely; the factors involved are at our sole discretion; and we are under no obligation to share those factors with anyone outside of EARN.
not all cases are right for us to take
Beyond the financial considerations, we also review new cases and work based on how well it fits our mission and whether or not we can believe 100% in what we will be doing. No doubt, there will be times when someone brings a situation to our attention and believes in pursuing it more than we do. While we respect others' beliefs, we are the sole deciders of whether or not a case or work is right for EARN. We are under no obligation to share our decision process with anyone outside of EARN.
Our opinions are not legal advice
Sometimes, particularly before we agree to work on a case or project, a member of EARN may express an opinion about some aspect or element involved. Regardless of how these opinions might be expressed, be aware that they are not being offered as legal advice and should not be construed as such. It is important that this point is very clear, because it is too easy for you or someone else to misconstrue what we say; it is also too easy for us to engage in conversations and perhaps not always express a point in the perfect way. So, unless you and we have both signed a Client Agreement, be aware that anything we say should not be considered legal advice. That signed Client Agreement is your clear, bright line.
You must also keep in mind that, even though he is Executive Director of EARN and is licensed to practice law in New York, Marc Robinson is not licensed to practice law in California. His legal work is under the supervision of Jill Ryther. He will not represent himself as a client's attorney. He will make clear to any opposing party that final decisions and authority rest with Jill Ryther and the client, not with him, even when he is acting on a client's behalf. The only exception involves Administrative Hearings, such as animal law cases litigated before an administrative officer, because California allows non-lawyers to represent clients in Administrative Hearings.