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Removing Legal Barriers to Women’s Economic Empowerment: UN Global Compact Spotlights Partnership

Few people within the United Nations (UN) system talk about the impact in 1982 when USA President Ronald Reagan pulled the economic plug on USA international relations by withdrawing funding from key international organizations within the UN System. The move was based upon the administration's political agenda, fully within the scope of powers of the USA Executive Branch, despite underlying treaty provisions. The move had three impacts: First, withdrawl of funds threatened to have a dominio effect, with large funders withdrawing their funding too. This never actually happened however, because of a second impact: small rich nations such as the…

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“So You want to be An International Lawyer… Domestic Violence Should Not be A Spectator Sport”

One sad truth remains haunting across many exciting travels. Women are physically hurt by men in their households in every nation. No nation is immune to the ancient plague of domestic violence, and, disproportionately greater numbers of the victims are women harmed by men. Few accidents are more capable of disabling the worklife balance of working women, lawyers, domestic or traveling abroad compared to the domestic violence phenomenon. Our beloved First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt had six children, was married to a President famous for his wheelchair and his mistresses. Mrs Roosevelt helped draft the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in…

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I’ll be Home for Christmas.. Or in a land without Christmas at all

Working for the United Nations forces every individual human being abroad to rethink many cultural habits that seem natural and commonplace back home. What could be more natural than a Christmas party at the office? This question sounds abstract beyond merely foreign when sitting at a desk in New York Chicago Mission Texas Perry Georgia Honolulu Hawaii, Rome Italy or when shopping the Christmas Market in Strasbourg France. Christmas is a national holiday not only in the USA but most European countries. And Latin America too! But what about countries where the dominant theology is Muslim or Jewish? Or in…

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How do you think pre-law individuals, law students, and lawyers may benefit from writing blogs?

Law, especially in the USA, has a rich and vibrant history of written debate about vital legal issues in our society. Written words are a key part of legal tradition as a source of empowerment. According to Rachel Carson, the environmentalist in Geneva Switzerland, who is credited with inspiring society to create environmental law, writing is a lonely task. A task that requires so much isolation it doesn't even matter what one is wearing!. As Louisa May Alcott opined about her character Jo who was a published author in the 19th century novel Good Wives, the young lady wore a…

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How do you think pre-law individuals, law students, and lawyers may benefit from writing blogs?

Law, especially in the USA, has a rich and vibrant history of written debate about vital legal issues in our society. Written words are a key part of legal tradition as a source of empowerment. According to Rachel Carson, the environmentalist in Geneva Switzerland, who is credited with inspiring society to create environmental law, writing is a lonely task. A task that requires so much isolation it doesn't even matter what one is wearing! As Louisa May Alcott opined about her character Jo who was a published author in the 19th century novel Good Wives, the young lady wore a black…

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Women Leading and Defending the Rule of Law

Now is the perfect time to be a lawyer! Society needs rules that organize nature's chaos. And, Society needs the added value of clear thinking about the role of law in the context of the rules. Only lawyers can provide this insight. Whether global treaties or new calls for constitutional changes within our nation, lawyers provide the filter between emotions amid confusion and the voice of rational approaches to complex problems that divide people. My blog therefore offers a fresh perspective to help readers to find their own voice when discussing law for outreach to the public. There is much…

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Remember the Ladies: Your Vote Honors Their Memory and Our Veterans Who Make this Nation Great

First Lady Abigail Adams was the wife of the second United States (U.S.) President and the mother of another U.S. President; she successfully ran a farm while her husband was away writing the Declaration of Independence. Yet ironically if not unjustly, she never had the right to vote for either her husband or her son (or vote against them!). And the law did not allow her to own the property that she so successfully managed. Indeed it was another hundred and fifty or so years before The Ladies had new laws that brought the Right to vote to Ladies, a…

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“Litigating for Our Childrens Rights to Education: What else could I do with my time?”

This blog post is based on an Invited Editorial in PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES magazine, New Jersey Developmental Disabilities Council Sept 2000 - Article by Dr. Ilise L. Feitshans JD, ScM and DIR It sounds sexist but true: educating my learning disabled son disproportionately consumes my family’s resources – compared to the time, cash and lost income I spend on the academic life of my gifted, beautiful daughter who is four years younger. She is easy to educate; bright-eyed and pretty, she loves learning and absorbs new data, sounds and new experiences like a sponge, able to recall moments from a trip…

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LAW AND DESTINY

The laws of physics create order over the world, gravity limits the boundaries of our planet and daily human capacity. Society, in contravention of the laws of science, is inherently random and exhibits chaos. Where in this great cosmic mix does one find the rule of law? Some people become lawyers because they want to make money, others join the Bar because they seek power. Justice? On the first day of my law school classes Prof Sam Dash pronounced words to the effect of: if you are interested in fairness and justice there is a door in this room and…

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Beijing Plus Twenty Plus One: International Law Protecting Womens Rights

“It was twenty years ago today” began a song by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, recalling to listeners that some things remain constant across time. So too in 2015 a portrait that graces the wall of academia in Virginia illustrates this point: Only by close observation could one find the sole woman nestled along the rear of the desk, seated alongside a lamp. (see photo below). It should be no surprise therefore that womens progress towards equal opportunity for employment to do the hard work of saving posterity by ensuring health and security for all in paid employment in the…

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