And now, at the end of a busy year, we know. And you should know how much good you do. They’ve come to us from all corners of the country, all corners of the globe, really. From all points along the political spectrum. Knowing a lot about law or trying to remember that civics class they took in high school. Every last one of the 35 million of them wanting to read the law for themselves. Every one able to do that without having to pay for that basic right because you helped make it available.
We’ve heard from high school teachers in Texas and a real estate professional in Florida and an Army Inspector General. From public defenders and Federal prosecutors. From tax lawyers and helicopter charter pilots and soldiers and sailors and plenty of people who identified themselves as “ordinary citizens”. Every one needing to find and understand the rules that govern them.
Here at the LII we always knew that it is that way. People need to be able to find the law for themselves, to read it and understand it, without having to pay for that, so that they can understand what is happening around them. We always knew that. We just couldn’t really prove it to you until now. So many, with so many needs, have come here.
Not that we needed a lot of proof. You believed too — you thought there should be a service that made the law available without fee, to anyone who wants it, whenever they want it. You generously gave us your support and you made it happen just as much as we did.
Because of you, this year’s fundraising campaign has been remarkably successful. We are running 25% ahead of where we were last year at this time, and well ahead of our ambitious goal. Thank you, all of you, for everything you’ve done. And if you haven’t given, but would like to, just follow this link.
Before I go, I’d just like to direct your attention to something we mention elsewhere in this newsletter. Over the year, we’ve directed your attention to our series of 25th-anniversary blog posts. I think you’ll find them interesting and I recommend them to you. And, if you’re interested in the LII’s future, you’ll find it expressed in two blog posts by my colleagues Sara Frug and Craig Newton. Please do read them.
In the meantime, my best wishes, and best wishes from all here, for a happy holiday and a prosperous New Year.