YOUR Legal Rights | What am I grateful for? A good deal!

While this yr, like lots of over the system of 4 hundreds of years, has not just been a deal, Thanksgiving Day 2020 provides us just one thing we should all respect: hope that we’re on our way to a brighter long term.

For the previous 399 several years, People have gathered collectively in the drop to pause, gather with mates and family members, and give thanks for our blessings. 

Whilst this yr, like many around the class of four hundreds of years, hasn’t just been a cut price, Thanksgiving Day 2020 brings us a person thing we should really all enjoy: hope that we’re on our way to a brighter long term.

Individually, I’m grateful for the usual stuff. My partner, my young children, my kin — nicely most of my family, in any case — my health and fitness, my co-employees, my customers, my boat. And due to the fact I’m lucky adequate to observe law and oversee elections in the best country on Earth, I’m also grateful for a variety of items that affect my job starting up with our electoral technique. 

This year 153,610,732 folks solid ballots in the presidential election. The final result? The 46th tranquil exchange of power in U.S. background. And whilst baseless conspiracy theories quickly delayed the changeover, Joe Biden will grow to be president of the United States on Jan. 20, 2021.  That this always occurs without the need of a shot currently being fired is a testament to the toughness of our democracy and the knowledge of the geniuses who designed it.  

I’m truly grateful for and in awe of the election officials and workers here in the Mahoning Valley and across the country who risked their well being and life to carry out the election in the midst of a fatal pandemic. Their heroic actions ensured that each man or woman suitable experienced the chance to vote and that every single ballot forged was counted.

I’m thankful for the rules of civil method that demand lawyers to present proof in court docket that is admissible, authentic, total, trustworthy and plausible. Beneath standard conditions, all those principles are the foundation of our authorized procedure.

In the remarkable aftermath of this year’s election, they also served as an impenetrable wall that blunted unfounded assaults on our democracy. It’s just one detail for President Trump’s authorized workforce to scream “voter fraud” into Tv set cameras. As the result of lawsuits challenging the benefits of voting in a selection of states demonstrates, their allegations transform to dust when judges demand proof that comports with the guidelines.

I also hope you are going to sign up for me in offering many thanks for the civil justice system that assists make sure the presents you place below the tree this yr are secure — and that the tree by itself will not capture on hearth. 

As I have famous in previous columns, lawsuits submitted by demo legal professionals have saved thousands and thousands of lives and prevented tens of tens of millions of accidents by forcing companies to pull perilous toys and other items off retailer shelves. The point is, the only detail that stands in the way of corporations building and advertising items like “Johnny Switchblade,” “Bag O’Glass” and “Teddy Chainsaw Bear” that were showcased in a traditional SNL skit is concern of litigation. 

Eventually, I give thanks for the 1.3 million ladies and gentlemen together with my son Joseph, who are serving in the armed forces this Thanksgiving. They secure our freedom, our legal process, our democracy, and all we cherish and hold expensive. 

Their courage and dedication are amid the blessings all Us citizens share. 

—  Lawyer David Betras, a senior spouse at Betras, Kopp & Harshman LLC., directs the firm’s non-litigation things to do and techniques criminal defense law in both the condition and federal courts. He has practiced regulation for 35 several years. Have a authorized problem you would like answered listed here? Deliver it to [email protected].