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In many aspects of society, the human element has being eroding. In the workplace, employees are generally considered commodities and/or liabilities. In The Washington Post obituary, we gain a glimpse into the life of Judge Harry Pregerson, who defied the evolution in the legal system, which resulted in courts being, as Mark Twain once admonished, “Young man this is a court of law, not a court of justice.”

I have personally just gone through a four-year court battle on what should have been the resolution of a very simple matter, but which became more complicated than Google’s algorithm. The culprit was a system that allows the arcane technical components to deflect from the real issues. In essence, Judge Pregerson separated shit from Shinola to give people what they are fundamentally entitled to - Justice.

The legal system needs to be reformed where not only the human element is brought in, but also compassion. This is the most fundamental issue lacking in the courts today. Out of most people’s reach to get justice today. By him cutting through shit, it made justice available to the majority.

Andrew Faas is the author of ‘ From Bully to Bull’s-Eye: Move Your Organization Out of the Line of Fire, and a Public Voices Fellow at Yale University