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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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SUPERWOMEN TIPS FOR TAKING THE BAR EXAM

As a second generation lawyer whose father jumped the legendary hurdle of passing the New York Bar the first try, the Bar was quite high for me when taking my Bar exam, even though I was in a land far away, the Commonwealth of Virginia. I did and I did, but I recall that it was as much a question of stamina and personal discipline as much as it was about legal information and knowledge of law. The old adage that Law School has nothing to do with practicing law has, years later, proven to be untrue. Staying awake and using my…

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International Law Protecting Women Lawyers: Gender Equity for Occupational Safety and Health

NOTE: This  MsJD BLOG IS BASED ON MY June 2016 professional development course (PDC) Session No. 769 at the AMERICAN SOCIETY OF SAFETY ENGINEERS (ASSE) SAFETY 2016 entitled: Remember the Ladies: Gender Equity for Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Programs under International Law Document and the video after the course will have been given at the Body of Knowledge (BOK) LINK at asse.org Special thanks to my co authors!  Morgan M. Bliss, M.S., CIH, EOC Safety Officer, Dignity Health and Aubrey HB, Ph.D. Chief Data Scientist, Sirius XM Canada. First Lady Abigail Adams was the wife of the second United…

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My Mom works as an International Legal Diplomat (Happy Mother’s Day)

The questions of worklife balance are one facet of professional life among MsJD members that are universal--- important no matter in which nation one finds work or which part of one's family needs and deserves full attention at some moment in time. For those of us living life on the cutting edge of law and technology and governance, well sometimes at the cutting edge, one simply gets cut and bleeds. Social values have changed; it is now possible to view mothering and paid work as inextricable tasks, benefiting children as well as parents and thus supporting a healthier society. But…

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An international public health threat requires a Global solution: THE CONVENTION AGAINST MEDICRIME

The Council of Europe’s MEDICRIME Convention is the first international agreement to combat counterfeit medical products (so-called “fake medicines”) in order to protect public health by defining  acts of counterfeiting medicine as a crime under international law. The Convention Against Medicrime sets forth steps for transnational collaboration to catch criminals and detect fake medicines before fake medicines and medical devices enter regular commerce.  “The Convention against Medicrime presents the rare opportunity for corporate pharmaceuticals, scientific researchers  international law enforcement and human rights activists to work together to defend civil society against organized crime.” stated Mme Claude Chirac of the Fondation Chirac, Paris,…

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Text of SUPERWOMEN JD Acceptance of Award

Dr. Ilise Levy Feitshans JD and ScM and DIR Author, Council of Europe handbook for Parliamentarians on the Ratification of the Convention Preventing Medicrime (English and French text coe.int) Ms-JD Writer in residence on international Law Ms-JD Superwomen-JD Award Recipient 2016 Thank you for inviting me and I welcome my guests Hon. Obaid Noori of the United Nations in New York who was my classmate in Geneva, Jennifer Alden of the Japan Society in New York and my brother Fred who lives nearby. I was born and raised on a self-contained island, different from its surrounding nation. I graduated high school…

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Mary Poppins Viewed As a Tale of Migration

Travel is easy in a generation where airplanes land everywhere frequently and cost not more than a week or month's salary to jetaway. It is difficult to imagine the life of people who were chained to where they lived and loved, lucky to voyage to another country once in their life or perhaps to take a long journey to the next town. Yet travel was rare and expensive in the century just next door. And the few people who boldly chose to forsake everything and go to another country to start a new life only rarely ever returned home. History does not record the…

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So You Want to be An International Lawyer: International Law Without Travel

Globalization. A word that makes everything ordinary seem faraway and yet captures the essence of how interdependent our economy at home has become, inextricably linked to economies abroad. The notion that things happening far away are not part of our local world is no longer true. A old phrase has disappeared from our daily life:  “that has as little to do with my life as the price of tea in China!”   because the daily importance of the price of tea in China has grown exponentially. Sitting in the office using a mug from Las Vegas made in China to sip…

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