In yet another first, award winning ‘Obscenity Lawyer’ Myles Jackman has launched an appeal on the crowd-funding website Patreon for monthly donations to fund his pro bono activism practice.
Jackman is known for his cutting-edge work representing criminal defendants charged with consensual adult pornography offences and specialises in privacy and freedom of expression issues, especially for members of the BDSM, LGBTQ, Adult-Industry and Sex-Work communities.
The personal donations on Patreon, which currently range from pledges of $1 to $150 US Dollars per month, will allow Jackman to work pro bono on legal challenges like Judicially Reviewing the Extreme Pornography laws under which Tiger Porn defendant Andrew Holland suffered.
Jackman stated that:
“Today I’m launching my appeal in the public domain, as the first lawyer to use crowd-funding to create social change. I want to benefit society by challenging our arcane obscenity laws”.
“Given the current climate of Government cuts to criminal legal aid, I knew I had to do something to continue my pro bono activism and work campaigning for the recognition and rights of the BDSM, LGBTQ, Adult-Industry and Sex-Work communities”.
“I launched my Patreon appeal to my Facebook friends only, two weeks ago. Within ten days I had over 70 patrons, who had pledged to donate over $1,000 in total every month”.
“I feel completely overwhelmed by the generosity of spirit my friends have demonstrated”.
For further details of Jackman’s Patreon pledges, see here: www.patreon.com/MylesJackman
Myles Jackman can be contacted for comment on: 07791436100 and mylesjackman.com
Notes for Editors:
1) Edward Docx’ Guardian Long Read profile of Myles Jackman’s obscenity law practice can be found here: http://www.theguardian.com/law/2015/sep/09/one-lawyers-crusade-defend-extreme-pornography
2) Details of Tiger Porn: http://mylesjackman.com/index.php/my-blog/105-tiger-porn-victim-bites-back
3) Myles Jackman was the first lawyer to have one of his criminal trials live-tweeted (Michael Peacock’s #ObscenityTrial); and the first solicitor granted permission to live-tweet a criminal trial he was acting in (Simon Walsh’s #PornTrial). He was awarded the Law Society’s Junior Lawyer of the Year Excellence Award the same year (2012) for his legal work representing sexual subcultures.
4) Myles Jackman has campaigned against the UK’s obscenity laws saying that “they are 20 years behind social values”; as well as the difference between the age of consent at 16 and the age of majority at 18 which has led to teenagers being criminalised by sexting selfies; and also criticised the Crown Prosecution Service for being “institutionally homophobic”.