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.
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.
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!
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?
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.
#SistersInLaw premieres tonight at 10/9c on @WEtv