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  • 5.0/5.0

    It was a pleasure working with Josiah and Polanski Law firm. During the first consult, Josiah demonstrated a level of assertiveness, understanding, and creativity that reassured me that my case was in capable hands. Josiah was also incredib...
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    I was referred to Polansky Law and couldn't have been happier with the legal services offered. Josiah was an excellent attorney to work with, always responsive and communicative and willing to step up for individual's defense. He had a thor...
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    I highly recommend Josiah Cohen to anyone looking for a criminal lawyer. He was attentive to my needs, explained how everything worked, and provided me with various options to consider. Throughout the process, he was always available to ans...
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    I am thrilled to write this 5-star review for Lisa Polanski, the incredible attorney who represented me during a challenging legal situation. From the moment I hired Lisa, her professionalism, dedication, and expertise were evident, and I a...
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  • 5.0/5.0

    By far the best results I could have gotten! Josiah Cohen was there for me from the minute I spoke on the phone with him in reference to my legal issues. The day after I had first spoke with Mr. Cohen I called to ask a couple quick ques...
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By Josiah Cohen, Law Clerk at Polansky Law Firm (3L at CU Law School)

Whether you’re driving through the city, scrolling through social media, or watching the evening news, it’s impossible to miss what’s going on.  Once again, outrage over racial injustice and police brutality have boiled over into protests leading to familiar clashes between citizens and police.

And it is in no small part an indictment of our criminal justice system.

Start with the straw that broke that nation’s back: a horrific video clip attracting hundreds-of-millions of views.  An unarmed, handcuffed Black man moments before his death, begging for his life from the white police officers crushing his body.  Already recovering from the shock of Ahmaud Arbery’s brutal murder, viewers first watched in horror, then took to the streets.  From there, we witnessed aggressive police measures to shut down protestors with pushes, shoves, gas, and pepper spray.  

At this time, it is imperative that criminal defense attorneys understand the ways in which the criminal justice system is implicated in the fight for racial justice.  As eminent defense lawyer Bryan Stevenson reminded us this week, “slavery didn’t end in 1865, it evolved.”  In a Q&A with the New Yorker, Stevenson retraced the steps that modern policing took since the Civil War and Emancipation, morphing from efforts to hunt fugitive slaves to overthrow Reconstruction governments, facilitate lynching, perpetrate white terror, and stymie Civil Rights movements.  Given this legacy, it’s no surprise that law enforcement and criminal courts continue to perpetuate racial injustice to this day.

So what can criminal defense attorneys do?

1. Listen.  Non-Black and -Brown Americans will never fully understand the scope of the trauma that Black Americans have suffered for centuries.  As officers of the courts tasked with upholding equal protection under the law, lawyers especially must be willing to listen to Brown and Black voices.   

2. Listen to and Fight for Clients of Color.  As lawyers, we are witnesses to impact of prejudice at every juncture in the criminal justice system, from police stops, searches, arrests, bail, jury trials, and sentencing.  Our clients must know that we understand these travesties and are prepared to fight prejudice at every step during the course of representation.

3. Fight the System.  As lawyers, we have access to avenues and resources for change that are inaccessible to many citizens, especially racial minorities.  When we witness overreach and misconduct by the state, we cannot stand idly by.  It is our duty to the country and to the profession to bring injustice into the light and advocate for change.

At Polansky Law Firm, we are committed to listening.  We are committed to fighting for each client regardless of race, religion, or creed.  

And we are committed to advocating for justice inside and outside of the courtroom.  We understand that we will never understand; however, we stand.