Recognition, Redistribution and Popular Participation: Towards an Integrative Judicial Policy

RENAP 20 YEARS AND THE MYSTIC OF THE EXERCISE OF LAW AS A PRACTICE OF FREEDOM

RENAP 20 YEARS AND THE MYSTIC OF THE EXERCISE OF LAW AS A PRACTICE OF FREEDOM

October 15th, 2015

Cleuton César Ripol de Freitas[1]

Besides the celebrations, odes and parties, the 20 years of the National Network of Popular Lawyers and Advocates (RENAP) provoke some critical reflections on what we mean by Popular Legal Advice (AJP) in Brazil and how RENAP behaved and behaved in front of demands, among them what soothes the arduous task of acting professionally in the defense of social movements: the mystic.

Social movements (main clients of popular legal counseling) need a daily militant advocacy. What does it mean? It is not possible to understand an altruistic and proactive AJP, based on a critical discourse, but with a weak law practice, absent from the legal footprint and habit inherent to the profession. This is a drama for students and legal professionals who recognize its practice as an exercise in bourgeois class domination, for, as Bourdieu warns us, the symbolic of the legal is extremely oppressive and ideological. However, the use of clothing (contrary to the Brazilian tropical logic), the treatment between peers, the relationship with members of the judiciary and other spheres of power is instrumental in advocacy and also the AJP. If you want to be heard, listen!

Therein lies, in my opinion, one of the main roles of RENAP when it comes to the formation of its people: the tension between law as a practice of freedom and oppressive law is resolved by sharing experiences and hoping for social transformation. This is what differentiates a professional performance from AJP. I remember that Aton Fon Filho, in a lecture at the São Joaquim Theater in the city of Goiás, on the subject of Law, Advocacy and Militancy, did a symbolic act of removing the suit and tie, worn at the beginning of the speech, as clothing. of the profession, and reveal the red shirt of the MST. In doing so, it left the message that the working class is the protagonist in AJP's militant action, although sometimes overshadowed by the practice of advocacy.

The AJP must have the strongest arms, as it paddles against the tide, when it comes to the profession of law, after all to defend professionally without land, without roofs, indigenous, hit by dams, etc. is no easy task in the bourgeois state. They are stronger because love is strong; is true. Rowing against the tide therefore requires a strong heart. RENAP is a network of law students, lawyers and advocates who, during their 20 years, have a role in building Law as a FREEDOM PRACTICE, with strong and committed hearts. With eyes and ears in the profession and always aiming for social transformation.

This is the keynote of singing, presentations, debates, cultural evenings, plenary sessions, hearings, oral submissions, elaboration of procedural pieces, etc.: This is the mystique of RENAP: THE EXERCISE OF LAW AS A PRACTICE OF FREEDOM.


[1] Lawyer, member of the Cerrado Popular Legal Advice, for 11 years. Member of RENAP for 16 years. Professor of Law at the Law School of Goiás Regional - UFG for 09 years. Doctor of Law from UnB.