Brandon Brown is our paralegal intern for Winter 2017. He is currently enrolling in the Paralegal Studies Program at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College.
By Brandon Brown Paralegal Intern
I have been given an opportunity to volunteer as a paralegal with the venerable organization, the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia. I am simultaneously very deeply humbled yet very greatly honored to stand at the front lines of defending liberty in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
I am currently enrolled at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College as a full-time student in an American Bar Association (ABA) Approved Paralegal Studies Associate’s Degree program with a specialization in litigation. As an unpaid intern/volunteer, I will be assisting the Legal Team while gaining the necessary knowledge of the responsibilities and the expectations of a paralegal in a professional working environment under attorney supervision.
I have always been very passionate about freedom, because I believe that all human beings are born with certain inalienable rights and that these rights exist alongside life in a viscerally natural state. Thus it is my deepest gratitude that I have been offered the experience to gain the necessary training to further my professional career with a reputable civil rights organization.
I intend to stand by all organizations that take diplomatic, peaceful action to defend the Bill of Rights. Each right is not given by governments, yet enumerated to restrict the powers of governments from interfering with the private lives and personal effects of its’ citizens. I aim to raise awareness of injustice, of unconstitutional laws or entities, and of people’s power. Thus I intend to defend the Bill of Rights alongside the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia.
The Commonwealth of Virginia both was and is the birthplace of the U.S. Bill of Rights authored by former President James Madison. Virginia has not always been on the side of liberty as history has been written, but Virginian citizens today desire freedom and tolerance for all. It is my deepest conviction that the time has arrived for the governments of Virginia to re-examine themselves thoroughly and honestly. We must position the Commonwealth of Virginia on the side of liberty as history continues to be written. It is our duty not only as Americans, but also Virginians.