Who We Are
LawYou America exists to help you represent yourself in court. LawYou was created by Sherri Renner, an experienced civil litigator. The need for these services is so great that Sherri has dedicated her experience and other resources to helping pro se (self-represented) litigants full time.
Victoria Vilchez is a Florida-licensed attorney, a seasoned family law litigator, and a valued LawYou contributor. We appreciate Vicky’s contributions to LawYou’s mission and goals so far, and look forward to hearing and reading more from her.
W. Craig Lawson is a veteran Florida criminal defense attorney, who also represents plaintiffs in civil rights and personal injury matters. Craig’s practice is headquartered in Boynton Beach, and he facilitates our Palm Beach County Meetup group. We are grateful for Craig’s donation of his time, expertise, and other resources to support the LawYou mission.
Sandra Brown, M.A., is the founder and CEO of the Institute for Relational Harm Reduction and Public Pathology Education. She holds a Master’s degree in Counseling and is a program development specialist, lecturer and community educator on pathological love relationships and domestic violence, and is an award-winning author. Among her titles is the groundbreaking, Women Who Love Psychopaths: Inside the Relationships of Inevitable Harm with Psychopaths, Sociopaths & Narcissists. For more information about Sandra and her work, please visit SafeRelationshipsMagazine.com.
Why We Created LawYou
LawYou America exists to help people represent themselves in court. Click here to read “The (brief) LawYou Story.” Most of the people we help cannot afford to hire an attorney for traditional, full representation. And there are others who simply do not want to hire an attorney for one reason or another.
There’s another, more organic motivation that drives us:
Congress shall make no law … abridging … the right of the people … to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
You might recognize that quote as being a portion of the First Amendment. When lawyers become the necessary gatekeepers and the only ones who can hold the keys to the courthouse doors, then somewhere along the line the right of the people to petition the government has been abridged. LawYou is our way of correcting that problem, and returning to you your liberty to freely access the courts.
We’ve noticed that there are many people who may never be involved in litigation but who are interested in the courts anyway: how they function, how decisions are made, and how those decisions impact our lives every day. In response, we’ve broadened our vision and expanded our goals to include topics and materials that have wider appeal, including our fun Pop-Court and CiGARs series.
Education + Connection + Advocacy
Education, connection and advocacy are the three pillars on which we have constructed our program of services to help you represent yourself in court. LawYou gives pro se litigants a voice and speaks to those people and institutions in positions of power when laws or other conditions need to change and to yield to the rights of the people to petition the courts.
LawYou has been years in the making and will always be a work in progress, which is okay with us because it is a labor of love. We encourage you to reach out to us and let us know the legal issues that are important to you. We will do our best to address your questions and comments quickly.