In this Internet era, here's the good news: Many of those fundamentals can be acquired without attending law school.
You just have to key in, for example, "implied contract," to determine your legal grounds for demanding payment for services you rendered without a formal written contract. Here is a detailed briefing on that by Nolo.
However, as prominent lawyer and book author - Mark Herrmann - explains on Abovethelaw.com, that might not be adequate to expose an alleged wrong and seek a remedy. Here is his column today hammering the importance of what is traditionally called "media protection."
Media protection is not bullet-proof. But it has a track record for being powerful in achieving what you want to out, obtaining justice for what you perceive as a wrong done you, and not being murdered or losing your career.
Most recently, the iconic play-out of that was the large settlement former on-air Fox News personality - Gretchen Carlson - received for alleged sexual harassment by the cable network's late head - Roger Ailes.
As someone who had long been a media player, Carlson understood how to get her story picked up by journalists and social media influencers.
In the process, she not only became wealthy. She carved out a new career path. In addition to publishing brisk-selling book "Be Fierce," she has, for instance, acquired power as voluntary head of the Miss America competition.
Former Uber engineer - Susan Fowler - also has had outstanding results, personally and professionally, for discussing the company's alleged sexual misconduct in her blog. Along the way, she was protected from tech-industry blackballing through establishing a media presence which keeps resonating.
A much more mundane example of the importance of media protection is taking on small businesses in order to simply be paid for services rendered.
It was becoming obvious that a government contractor and the middleman on the account were likely not going to pay. I attempted to solve that by thinking/talking like a lawyer.
That didn't bring the check in the mail.
Next I turned it over to an official debt collection firm which does use legal tools. No results.
Then I blogged about the situation, using my three syndicated blogs and Twitter. Here is one of those posts.
It is reckless to assume a cause-effect relationship when we don't have the facts.
However, it might have been more than a happy coincidence that hours after I leveraged social media and a social network, the company handling the collection notified me that the invoice had been paid in full.
I will never know if using media had been tipping point. And, I don't care. The issue is the money.
Because I had objectively described my situation in the court of public opinion, I did not anticipate any blackballing for asserting what I perceived to be my legal right. So far, it doesn't seem to have happened.
The takeaway is that individuals seeking justice and advocacy organizations should consider investing in the resources media, establishment and social, can provide. In the long run, that might be less expensive and more effective than taking legal action.
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