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                            The Spence Law Firm
                            [By Aundi Howerton]
                            Among the writings of the founder of The Spence Law Firm, Gerry Spence, are the words “To survive, we must set aside the
                            religion of corporate omnipotence and tell the truth for once,” and this largely sums up the man’s theory on the practice and
                            teaching of law.

Born in Wyoming—the seat of his law                of the father and children of plutonium-            The organization was formed in 99 and
firm and one of several states in which            contaminated employee and American                  continues to serve the public interest of
he practices—Spence graduated from the             labor union activist Karen Silkwood after           Wyoming and several other western states.
University of Wyoming in 949 and completed        she mysteriously died in a car accident. He         Spence has also structured a curriculum
law school at the same university in 952.         earned similar high-profile recognition with        out of his vision and heads the Trial Lawyers
His early successes as a prosecutor and            big-dollar verdicts against Penthouse for           College, dedicated to training and educating
big-business defender offered both the mind        Miss Wyoming and against the McDonald’s             lawyers and judges who are also invested
fodder and material resources he would             Corporation for an oral breach of contract          in protecting the individual from powerful
need to ultimately fulfill a greater vision.       with a small, independently owned ice-              social machines. Spence’s quarterly journal,
Spence writes, [T]he warriors for the people       cream company. He later defended Randy              The WARRIOR, is a similarly intentioned
are trial lawyers.” And, indeed, the title of      Weaver in a criminal case in which Weaver           publication for judicial practitioners.
“the people’s warrior” is Spence’s banner          and another man were acquitted of murder
after almost half a century of practice.           charges in the self-defense shooting of a           On the net
                                                   U.S. Marshall in Northern Idaho. Spence
His goal is to represent the common citizen,       followed this up with a successful civil suit       The Spence Law Firm
especially the one with limited resources          against government agencies for the deaths
who may be suffering at the hands of big           of Weaver’s wife and son.
business or government. Spence, the author                                                             Gerry Spence
of 5 books on the art of the law soldier and      To supplement his self-proclaimed battle  
related topics and a self-proclaimed poet and      for the “justice of the ordinary man,” Spence
photographer, is equal parts adamant and           and his firm’s partners created the nonprofit       The Karen Silkwood Story
eloquent regarding his mission and insists,        L.A.W. organization to “provide quality legal
despite his firm’s high-profile status, that       representation in defense and promotion of          reaction/interact/silkwood.html
“affordability” is no concern. “If we do not       the public’s interest on substantive issues
win a monetary award for clients, we charge        of health, safety, consumer rights, and civil
nothing for our services,” he said.                liberties to Wyoming citizens as well as
                                                   other individuals who are unable to secure a
Spence first gained notoriety with a $0.5         lawyer due to the nature of the controversy
million verdict against Kerr-McGee on behalf       or financial inability.”


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