counsel

Forum Nobis provides superior legal counsel to individual, organizational, and community-based clients on a variety of complex international law, human rights, and environmental matters.

Although Forum Nobis is a public interest law firm, in any given matter the firm maintains a relentless focus on the interests and objectives of its client, not other funders, social movements, or the “larger” interests of the issues involved.  Larger issues, principles, themes, and questions of strategy matter to the extent they matter to the client.  Forum Nobis provides a degree of loyalty, fierce advocacy, and intimate legal advice typically associated with the best of the private legal bar.

At the same time, Forum Nobis’s expertise with larger public interest law developments allows it to provide a quality of representation unmatched by the private bar.  New developments in the fields of international law, human rights, and environmental justice can provide powerful forces to lift individual cases, if properly understood and utilized.  Forum Nobis’ distinctive voice and ethical stature in these fields empowers the advocacy it can bring to bear for each client. Continue reading


consulting

Effective legal representation and advocacy in our time involves much more than making winning legal arguments.  Indeed, for many impoverished or marginalized groups struggling with injustice, it is often easier to obtain legal assistance than the technical assistance and other ancillary services that can be critical to winning hard fought legal battles and making those victories meaningful in real terms.

Forum Nobis’ legal consulting practice is key to its mission of helping clients achieve justice in meaningful, cost-effective terms.  Even where a client chooses to direct its own advocacy or rely on other counsel, Forum Nobis and its project partners are available to provide technical assistance, operational support, factual development, and other critical services. Continue reading


communications

Public opinion is sometimes dismissed by lawyers, but it was considered “the very soul of justice”  by renowned legal philosopher Jeremy Bentham because of its potential to fight corruption at all levels (keeping even “the judge himself, while trying, under trial”) and to drive the real human effort that is necessary to create justice in our time.  UN Special Rapporteur James Anaya recently wrote that “the spotlight of media coverage keeps all stakeholders honest and helps them act in a more responsible and sustainable manner.”  “What keeps me up at night,” Anaya writes, “is when there is no spotlight.”  Bentham and others also recognized that public opinion operates much like a tribunal in that it does not typically investigate truth on its own, but renders judgments based on the evidence (and advocacy) presented to it.  The pressure by society to “enforce” its judgment, once rendered, can be overwhelming even to the most powerful opposing interests.

Forum Nobis’ legal communications practice recognizes the serious and legitimate role that public opinion considerations and strategies can play in a client’s fight for justice and its overall objectives.  The firm recognizes that a fundamentally different mindset, as well as different a different and more diverse set of skills, is often required to effectively address public opinion and communications challenges.  And unlike most firms, Forum Nobis has extensive experience integrating communications strategies seamlessly with its legal advocacy and other forms of representation. Continue reading