A few months ago, I had the privilege of interviewing Ceasar McDowell for the Word Podcast. Under California’s “three strikes” law, McDowell received a sentence of three concurrent life sentences for a non-violent crime.

He spent 20 years in prison before earning back his freedom. Meanwhile, he started Unite the People while he was incarcerated. Unite the People is a non-profit organization that helps people who did not have legal representation, were under-represented, or, like McDowell, were excessively sentenced.

In their fight to help right the wrongs of our justice system, Unite the People needs attorneys who understand the system.

A simple job posting helped them find their newest attorney. Former Deputy City Attorney for Los Angeles Rosemary Chávez spent over 30 years prosecuting driving under the influence cases.

On this week’s podcast, Chávez tells us her story. From losing her father and grandfather at age 5, getting into law school without an undergraduate degree, to finding a new job that allows her to share her extensive knowledge of criminal law with those in need.

If you, or someone you know, has been impacted by the justice system and need your case reviewed, or if you need help researching changes in the law that may impact sentencing, you can call Unite the People at 888-245-9393 or visit them online here.