Legal Resources and Tool to Help You A Long The Way
Here at Huggins Law, we believe in giving you the knowledge and resources you need to best understand and prepare for your legal trials. We’ve compiled a list of some sites we think are beneficial to our clients.
Oyez is a free law project from Cornell’s LII, Justia, and Chicago-Kent College of Law. They have archived Supreme Court cases, rulings, and Justices, and believe in making this information accessible to the public. It is one of the most comprehensive databases for the Supreme Court’s audio recordings, and lets you search transcripts. They also give in-depth detail on every Justice to have served, as well as a digital tour of the Supreme Court Building.
LII is a not-for-profit group fun by Cornell Law School that publishes law online, creates materials to help people understand the law, and explores new ways to make it easier for the public to find law. They believe that everyone should have access to understand the laws they are under, free of charge.
LSC is the largest funder of legal aid for low-income Americans. It was established in 1074 and is a registered 501(c)(3) that believes everyone should have equal access to legal assistance. They distribute over 90% of their funding to 133 independent non-profit legal aid programs.
Law Help helps people on low-income by referring them to local aid and public interest law offices. They also include a network of over 25 statewide legal information portals. They have information about legal rights, court forms you may encounter, links to social service agencies, and more. LawHelp.org is part of www.probono.net.
This project of the Hauser Global Law School Program at NYU offers information on the law in different countries. You simple click on the country or topic you’re needing to know more about, and it directs you to a very in-depth page full of information on the laws, practices, and legal structure of that area.
ELI has a vision of “a healthy environment, prosperous economies, and vibrant communities founded on the rule of law.” They work to educate professionals and the public about law, procedures, their rights, and strategies for change. They also provide objective data and analysis to help people better understand the environmental decisions that are being made.
CIEL uses the power of the law to protect the environment and promote human rights. They provide legal counsel and advocacy and policy research to ensure a sustainable society. Their three program areas include Climate and Energy, Environmental Health, and People, Land, and Resources.
Civil Rights Organizations
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
“The mission of the NAACP is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.”
Hiring the right attorney for you can be a challenge in itself. In Cornelius Benton’s interview with attorney Micah Huggins, we discussed some of the most important things and common problems to take into consideration when going through the hiring process. Today, we are going to summarize their interview and provide some insight into things to think about when hiring the right attorney.
According to Huggins, lack of trust is one of the most common problems people have with hiring the right attorney. Many people have reservations when putting their trust in people. You’re giving someone control over your life, or at least an aspect of it, and there will probably be slight apprehension in allowing someone that level of trust. Being able to believe that they have your best interest at heart and will take care of your case and show you compassion breaks that barrier and allows for a better attorney/client relationship.
Another barrier often faced is financial. Huggins often hears, “Hey, I want to hire you. What will your fees be for such a case,” and in the instances where the case is severe, there’s the possibility that they can’t afford the services. He wishes he could do more pro bono work, but that’s not the case at the moment. Altogether, Huggins says that trust and finances are two of the most significant issues he sees people face when hiring attorneys.
Each attorney brings something different to the table. Most successful ones are confident in who they are and what they can offer. In Huggins’ case, he strives for excellence and gives 100% every single day in all he does. He is a believer and a mad of faith, and incorporates his faith into his practice. Merging the principles of Christianity with his work means showing compassion, patience, love, and forgiveness. Also, as a young African-American male, he is able to bring a different perspective to his cases. He often represents other African-American males, some in criminal defense cases, and can better understand why they may have made the decisions they did. Because he has walked in their shoes as a fellow African-American, he knows what it’s like to be profiled, discriminated against, and he knows what kinds of feelings those incidents can conjure up. His faith helps lead him through not only his daily life but also each case he works.
Alongside his faith and the values that presents, Huggins puts a huge focus on integrity. “No matter what your faith is, I think integrity is going to be the game-changer,” he says. When an attorney is open and honest with their clients, they are most successful. He believes integrity is the key for firms to either succeed or fail.
He also doesn’t put a measurement on success. He takes it day by day, gives his all, and keeps his integrity. He believes success can be subjective and dependent upon the person. To him, being able to sleep at night with a clean conscience and knowing he did his best for his clients is the actual measurement of success. He avoids making choices that could cause backlash later. In Benton’s words, he leaves it all on the court.
While watching an interview with LeBron James, he heard one of the most relevant statements to his life and career. As the basketball player was going up against Golden State for the third time and was against the odds with people believing he would lose, an interviewer asked him how he felt about the fact he was going lose against the Warriors again. His response? “No pressure at all. As long as I go out there and give it 100%, I can live with myself win or lose. If I’ve given 100%, I’m okay.” Those profound words sum up Micah Huggins’ mindset and integrity.
When you’re looking for an attorney, it’s important to find someone that you know you can trust. Client success stories help bridge that gap by showing other people in similar situations you are in that have had great experiences. Attorney Micah Huggins has many success stories, and today we’re going to highlight four of them.
Blondie Martin has trusted Micah with several traffic tickets over the past 10 years. She says she’s always had a good experience working with him and his office. Most of the time, he has been able to get Blondie’s tickets completely dismissed and has saved her over $600 in court costs. That is a huge savings when thinking about other bills and obligations you may have.
She also enjoys using their website. It makes it easy to get in touch with the office. If you have any questions or need extra information, you can email and someone will respond quickly. You can also reach then from 8am-7pm on the phones. After 5, if assistant is not available, Micah will answer himself. Blondie has referred Huggins Law to her friends and family for many needs, including domestic issues and traffic tickets. They have also been very pleased with their experience! They consider him their family lawyer for whenever they need legal help.
Gene Blackmon turned to Micah for help when his license got suspended. He says his experience has been amazing, and that the office has taken care of him like family. It was a smooth and easy process. Gene has also referred Micah to his friends and family for their attorney needs.
Gene grew up with Micah, and knows the person he is. He has seen Micah grow into fine young man and lawyer. Micah isn’t afraid of a challenge, and you can trust him to stand up and fight for what’s right.
Aeryn Hickey worked for Micah before she went to law school. One of the most important things she learned about him is that he treats people the way they would want to be treated. She believes this goes back to the way people are raised and the trials she goes through. He hasn’t always been treated fairly, but he has risen above and uses his values and integrity to treat people fairly and with respect.
Micah also builds a sense of trust between himself and his clients, setting the firm and those they are serving up for success. He has given his employees like Aeryn opportunities to excel on own while being always available to support them and answer any questions they may have. He took her along wherever he went, whether it was the courthouse, jail, or meetings. She says it was a great experience before attending law school.
Micah was the first attorney Ivory Black had ever worked with. When she had a speeding ticket that wouldn’t seem to go away, she had to do something. Taking off work time and time again to try and get it taken care of was becoming a nuisance.
Going in, Ivory wasn’t sure what the process was like. She had never done this before. But, Micah explained the entire thing to her and helped her every step of the way. He made sure she knew the process and what was going on. Because of her wonderful experience, Ivory recommends Micah and his team to all of her friends and family.
It’s stories like these that fuel our “why.” Knowing that what you do is helping people is a huge driving factor to wanting to be the best and give the best. When you hire Micah as your attorney, you can expect integrity, respect, fairness, and someone who will fight for you.
Taking part in community service provides many benefits. It makes you feel good to help others, it provides a service to those in need, and some consider it their civic duty to help. For an attorney, partaking in community service is more than just good deeds and warm feelings. It’s about sharpening your skills and learning to relate to the community in which you are volunteering.
Service to the Community
Community service gives attorneys the opportunities to learn skills outside of the realm of law practice that are still invaluable and crucial to their practice. These are usually referred to as “soft skills,” but are much more important than their name portrays. Leadership, communication, decision-making, and confidence aren’t taught in law school but are of the upmost importance to a successful attorney. And these are all characteristics that can be learned and cultured through different areas of community service.
Attorney Micah Huggins knows the value of service, not only to help others, but also to allow him to be the best version of himself he can be to help his clients. He recently took time to speak life into over 200 young African-American men. Being a young African-American male himself, he knows the struggles they are facing. He has been in their shoes. While helping better the lives of these young men, he is also growing his confidence and communication skills. Even if these characteristics are something we may already be good at, there is always work to be done and room to grow.
He also helped feed over 200 people at the Splash Park Fun event in McLeansville, North Carolina. This huge event was successful and a lot of fun. Events like this are beneficial to multiple different parts of the community, and are also great ways to network with different populations as well as potentially other attorneys. Being able to present yourself by not only talking about your strengths, but showing them, is invaluable.
Expanding his relationship with the local public is something Micah holds great value. What better way to meet and serve those in the community that need help the most than by getting out there and doing what needs to be done?
Jamie Biggs The Courier-Tribune, Asheboro, N.C. (TNS)
CLIMAX — A woman was arrested Thursday after allegedly delivering drugs concealed in a Bible to an inmate in the Chatham County Jail.
The Randolph County Sheriff’s Office reported that they served warrants from Chatham County on the suspect.
Caitlin Michelle Newman, 24, of 6013 Piedmont St., Climax, was charged with three counts of felony conspiring, providing drugs to an inmate, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver a Schedule III controlled substance, conspiracy to sell/deliver a Schedule III controlled substance and controlled substance possessed/located in confinement.
Warrants from Chatham County state that on Jan. 25, Newman “conspired to and ultimately did use a Bible to conceal Suboxone and deliver the controlled substance” to an inmate, Warren Pittman, 30, of Siler City.