Sisters In Law Q&A: Fearless, Fighters & Truly Friends

WE tv’s new original series, Sisters In Law follows a group of Houston’s top African American female attorneys as they tackle some of the toughest cases in Texas.

(L-R) Jolanda Jones, Monique Chantelle Sparks, Tiye Tarita Foley, Rhonda Wills, Vivian R. King, and Juanita Jackson attend the NY premiere of “Sisters In Law” at the Museum of Art & Design Photo Credit: Dia Dipasupil/GETTY

Last night at the Museum of Art & Design in Manhattan, WE tv and the Association of Black Women Attorneys celebrated the eight episode season premiere. The Hot Zone caught up with a couple of the empowering cast members. Juanita Jackson, a Public Defender, gave a glimpse of what’s to come and shared why the sisters’ unity is so important in this field.

Juanita Jackson, Public Defender Photo Credit: Dia Dipasupil/GETTY

What should viewers expect to see?

The show is about six female lawyers in Huston Texas, most of us practice Criminal Defense work and two are civil lawyers. We’re all friends we’ve been friends, some of us for as long as 15 years and we want to show viewers what are lives are like day to day. You can see us in the courtroom, you’re going to see us being lawyers and then you’re going to see us struggling like women, professional women, to maintain our friendship.

 

As African American women, what is it like to work in a  predominantly white male industry?

Alone we just blend in, we don’t get attention. That’s why we’ve come together because we help each other out. We are a force to be reckoned with when we are together and we command a voice. We’re all authentic females, we’re all strong, we’re all powerful and sometimes we come across some people who say, “you guys fight” but we’re all naturally fighters. The difference with us is we understand that about each other. We fight and we love and we make up and everything is all good.

What kind of cases should viewers look forward to seeing?

It varies; you’ll see all kind of things. I represent people that can’t afford their own attorney. I’m a felony Public Defender so I got to trial on anything from drug cases to aggravated robberies to murders. That’s all I do, so you’ll see those serious cases. This is like Law and Order meets Housewives!

Juanita Jackson Photo Credit: Dia Dipasupil/GETTY

Juanita Jackson, Public Defender
Photo Credit: Dia Dipasupil/GETTY

Shortly after, I spoke with Jolanda Jones, a Criminal Attorney or as she best described herself as, the “Warrior Lawyer” whose motto is, “if you start something, I’m going to finish it.”

What is your position both on and off camera? 

Jolanda Jones, Criminal Attorney Photo Credit: Dia Dipasupil/GETTY

Jolanda Jones, Criminal Attorney
Photo Credit: Dia Dipasupil/GETTY

I’m pretty consistent, I’ve been an activist my whole life. My grandmother was an activist, my mother was an activist, I’m an activist, my son Jio is an activist and we just fight for the rights of people who can’t fight for themselves. And sometimes that puts us in the crossfires of the status quo, of the power that be, of the liars that don’t like us that much so they do things to thwart our efforts to help humankind and we just persevere.

 

 

What do you hope the viewers will take from this new series?

I hope people learn that I am so totally misunderstood… I’ve overcome a lot of (conflict) with my dad when he killed himself. I had a lot of stuff to overcome, I don’t let that define me and I don’t think you should judge a person by the things that hit him, you judge a person by how they get up after they’ve been hit.

Do you have any inspirational words that you would like to share with your viewers?

If you allow yourself to be a rug then people will step on you. And I am not a rug kind of girl.

Jolanda Jones, Criminal Attorney Photo Credit: Dia Dipasupil/GETTY

Jolanda Jones, Criminal Attorney
Photo Credit: Dia Dipasupil/GETTY

#SistersInLaw premieres tonight at 10/9c on @WEtv
http://www.wetv.com/shows/sisters-in-law

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3 Responses to Sisters In Law Q&A: Fearless, Fighters & Truly Friends

  1. Zatenaph Joseph says:

    She is not only a “Warrior Lawyer”,but evidence reveals that she can be liberally construed as “The Black Wonder Woman”.

    The rumor has it that, a surveillance video captured…Jolanda Jones chasing after car burglars.

    “Camera showed jones running out and leaping (from a sky-scraping buiding?)onto the hood of the burglar’s car after they took off with a purse and computer from her car”.

    Was it a bird,a plane? Hell no! It was undeniably,the Black Wonder Woman,in all her glory!

  2. Joseph Zatenaph says:

    Trial and conflict can either make you,or break you. Your strength is measured by your reaction to them,from which other people’s perceptions are formed. Misunderstanding of one’s reactions is normal,because without fully measuring,or knowing,a person’s inner self,we easily misunderstand the person,in some cases arbitrarily so. Do not let other’s perceptions dominate you,but allow them to help with self-evaluation and self-improvement. “Haters” often inadvertantly project their own mnisery on others. Their jealousy confirms their insecurities and low self-esteem. This is why you love and pray for your haters,which is one efffective way of helping them in their recovery,and with objectively understanding others.

  3. Zatenaph Joseph says:

    You black female attorneys represent collectively a force that can possibly liberate the world! I have no shame in what I say,or who I am,but,honestly,all of you black female attorneys are sexy and very intelligent. Keep up the great work.

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