We are in the process of upgrading and reorganizing the FIJA website, and this page is currently undergoing changes. The attached files at the bottom of this page (listed under Old Activism Info) are being converted into web pages for easier accessibility and reading, and we are adding new material and reorganizing everything as well. As we make updates, you’ll see new and newly organized material directly under this paragraph. Once everything is reorganized, the file listing a the bottom of this page will be removed.
● Volunteer Attorney Network
For years, FIJA has functioned on an annual budget smaller than the average salary of a single attorney to cover all of our programs, events, publications, research, and so on. We have no attorneys on staff, nor can we afford to hire them for such things as defending FIJA volunteers’ First Amendment rights to hand out our brochures near courthouses, filing amicus curiae briefs in cases where matters regarding the jury are at issue, and so on.
Particularly with more and more courthouse officials arresting or threatening with arrest FIJA volunteers legally exercising their First Amendment rights in support of the Sixth, we are more formally asking for volunteer attorneys to help us in such matters. It is crucial that we have professionals ready and able to address these threats in a timely manner—government officials MUST get the message swiftly and loudly that any such abusive tactics to keep jurors misinformed will backfire on them. We are also looking for help in filing amicus curiae briefs in cases where matters of the jury are at issue.
When you register, we will keep your information on file and contact you when a need arises for which you might be able to assist FIJA. Registering via this form does not confer on you any obligations. You are free to make any decisions about whether and how you are able to assist FIJA on a case by case basis when we request your assistance.
Click here to register with our volunteer attorney network.
● Jury Legislation Research Volunteer
The Fully Informed Jury Association’s national office has a strictly educational mission. We do not endorse or oppose any legislation, citizens’ initiative, political candidate, or party. However, we do monitor and track legislation for educational and informational purposes. To that end, we are seeking for the first time to crowdsource efforts to collect such information on a timely basis throughout each legislative session, beginning with 2016.
As a legislative research volunteer, you will be assigned 1 to 5 states (how many is up to you) to check on a weekly basis through an online search for all new proposed jury-related legislation. We will provide training on how to search for such legislation and how to report your findings to us.
You will report to FIJA once a week via an online form some basic information about newly introduced legislation (state, bill number, one sentence description of the bill’s jury-related provisions, and a link to the bill online). We will present information about select legislation of interest on our legislative tracking web page.
Click here to apply as a jury legislation research volunteer for 2016.
● Court-Ordered Community Service with FIJA
Many people who are convicted of minor and victimless offenses are required by courts to do community service as part or all of their sentence. While this is often unfair, such as in cases where there is no victim, once you are sentenced, jury nullification education is not likely to be of direct use in your case. However, you may find it to be a productive use of your sentence to volunteer for FIJA to create more fully informed jurors.
We have a variety of volunteer opportunities available from handing out FIJA brochures at courthouses or other public places to research work that can be done at the library, at school, or in your own home. If a court is requiring you to do community service work as part or all of your penalty, you may be able to volunteer for FIJA for some or all of your community service hours. Arrangements for this must be evaluated on a case-by-case basis due to the differing requirements of courts across the country. You must get in touch with FIJA and get our agreement before commencing community service if you want us to sign off on your hours.
Click here to learn how to arrange your community service through FIJA.
Old Activism Info
On this page you will find tips and materials to help you organize FIJA outreach efforts in your community. To coordinate your efforts with other FIJA Activists, you may find it helpful to contact one of the State Contacts for your state if one is available or to post your outreach plans in the FIJA Forum to find others in your community. If you are looking for brochures or other materials for use in your outreach efforts, you can order a variety of materials from our Media Catalog or print your own by downloading free brochures from our Library. And be sure and let us know of your efforts before and after they take place. We may post them on our News page or report on them in our newsletter or e-Bulletin!
NOTICE: Permission to copy and distribute each of the documents listed and linked herein is granted, provided that each document is reproduced without modification, with the exception that the name and contact information of the organization distributing the material may be added where applicable to the "Your Jury Rights: True or False?" brochure or the "A Primer for Prospective Jurors" brochure. Any other exceptions must be approved the by FIJA National office.
No permission is granted to modify these documents, publish unattributed excerpts, or to print, publish, or distribute any other material containing the FIJA imprint. For all other material of any nature, you must have been granted permission BEFORE publishing or distributing any such material either in hard copy or in electronic format. Please make your request to the Fully Informed Jury Association at firstname.lastname@example.org or by postal mail to FIJA; P.O. Box 5570; Helena, MT 59864.
Please review the FIJA document(s) on distributing FIJA literature prior to engaging in outreach and/or educational efforts using FIJA materials. FIJA is not responsible for any actions of anyone distributing or using FIJA literature.
When you click the link for the file you want, a download box should appear. If you want a link directly to the file to post on another website or in an email, right click the link and choose 'Copy Link'.
Handing out FIJA Literature Around Courthouses
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Some useful hints and suggestions on Handing out Literature
Jury Nullification Activism in Florida
» 140.9 KiB - 2,285 hits - February 15, 2010
The following flier, news release, letter to editor, talking points and information on how to deal with resistance gives everything you need to make a significant impact for freedom. Moreover, it only takes one hour/week of your time, very little energy or money to be successful. By Dr. Robert Dreyfus
Jury Nullification Handouts in Florida
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Florida Judge weighs in on jury nullification literature being handed out to jurors.
» 38.0 KiB - 3,134 hits - January 30, 2009
A good beginning on getting a group organized to educate your neighbors
For the FIJA Organizer
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Welcome letter for FIJA Organizers
FIJA QR Code – When scanned with a free QR code reader app from a smart phone, this code will link the viewer to the home page of FIJA’s website. It can be printed on flyers, business cards, posters, and so on, added to your website, etc.
Electronic Billboard Graphics – These images, provided by Nathan Cox, can be downloaded and used as art for digital billboards. You or a group of friends can run digital billboard ads in your community very cost-effectively. Ads may be as inexpensive as just $100 for a week in ad rotation in some communities. Don’t forget to take a picture of your billboard and send it to us at email@example.com along with details of where it was placed, for how long, and how much it cost you to run the ad so we can share your outreach to inspire other activists!
Jury Rights Day banners – Use one of these banners to show your support for Jury Rights Day. Please don’t link directly to the image. Download the image and upload it to your own website.