jjembapa

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Failure Turned Inside Out: The Not So Gentle Ladies of the United States Congress

The women that serve daily on behalf of the American people are fierce trailblazers in their own right. As a means to seemingly promote gender equality, there is a new term that has been floating around the United States Congress. You see, as of late congressional members have been referring to their female House representatives and Senate members as “gentle-ladies.” (Example: The gentle lady from California will now address the House.) Now whatever your personal opinion is on the alluring appeal (or lack there of) of the term itself, there is one thing I think that we can all come…

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Jmnakamoto

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You’ll Move Mountains, Kid: Going from Tragedy to Triumph

Ms. Ieshia Champs-Smith is a rising 3L student at Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Texas.  I had the pleasure of meeting her at a women’s attorney event where she was honored as one of the scholarship recipients.  Ieshia’s story is rife with so much turmoil and tragedy.  Although her dreams might have died once or twice, her resolve and faith in God never let her give up.  Now, she is roughly one year away from achieving her dreams of becoming an attorney. When Ieshia was very young, she was taken away from her parents and sent to live with…

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NickyGomez

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Seven Ways to Support a Friend or Family Member Experiencing Domestic Violence

In the United States annually, there are more than 10 million cases of domestic violence reported to authorities.  However, many cases go unreported or un-addressed, placing women and men in physical and emotional duress and danger, per domestic violence statistics provided by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Just over 50 percent of cases are even reported to authorities. If a family member or friend has been victimized by domestic violence, relatives and peers can play an important role by providing emotional support, encouragement, and resources to help the victim take control, and make a change that may save their…

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lawyergirl

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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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AngelaHill

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What Does Donald Trump Think About Female Professionals?

Like him or dislike him, there is a lot to be said about President-Elect Donald Trump. While surprising pollsters and many in the business community, there is no doubt that it has been a tumultuous election year in the United States. It is one that has polarized urban and suburban Americans, arguably contributed to some (what we hope are) misunderstandings along the lines of rights for same-sex partners, and issues of race, income, and religion.  While comments from the new President-Elect have often led to inflammatory interpretations by the media, particularly along the lines of women’s rights (e.g., Planned Parenthood)…

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JaneeTLegal

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The Westside Justice Center—Legal Aid & Community Outreach

Community justice generally refers to various crime prevention techniques that explicitly include the community. The idea behind community justice initiatives lies in restorative community goals –creating a “grass roots” path to neighborhood inclusion by active involvement. Recently these initiatives have included community: crime prevention, courts, policing, prosecution, etc…. Access to the legal system, or the lack thereof, plays a large role in whether the community has faith in its lawmakers and the justice system as a whole. The Westside Justice Center (WJC) works to fill that void; providing Chicago citizens with legal services in immigration, family law, real estate, estates and trusts, etc. The…

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robinmorisey

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Does Voluntary Rehab Actually Help Drug Defendants?

Many rookie defense attorneys are quick to learn the importance of client character in the eyes of the court. Despite hinging on relatively broad and sweeping laws and codes, justice is ultimately anchored to the fine details of an occurrence. The mindset, motive, and manners of someone engaged in criminal conduct are what largely decides their fate. In fact, fresh-faced criminal defense lawyers soon discover their client’s actions and behaviors beyond the alleged crime itself are factors to play in delivering justice. This is especially the case when guilt is admitted and a case has reached the penalty phase; the…

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shirleywray

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Domestic Violence, Abuse and the Shocking Statistics

Domestic Violence by a spouse or a partner in a relationship is defined as aggressive or violent behavior that can include a range of abusive behaviors such as name calling, sexual assault, stalking, intimidation and physical harm or threat of physical harm, to name a few. The Numbers When it comes to domestic violence, the statistics among American women are shocking. Between 2001 and 2012, the number of American troops that were killed while fighting in Afghanistan was 6,488. Meanwhile, the number of American women killed by a current or ex male partner in that same time period was almost…

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nickygomezrichardbhuttner

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From Intervention to Legal Action - Supporting Victims of Domestic Violence

Domestic violence in America is shrouded in cultural misconceptions that place women and children at risk daily. Often downgraded to a "marital dispute" or family matter, few people realize that domestic assaults frequently escalate into life-threatening physical harm, long-term psychological trauma, and death. Would you be surprised to know that more American women have died from domestic abuse than soldiers who served in Afghanistan? From the years 2001 to 2012, 6,488 American soldiers were killed in the line of duty while serving in the region. In the United States in that same ten-year period, 11,766 women died from violence inflicted…

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MargotBrooks

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Validating Violence: Strangulation and Its Statutory Designations

As violent actions constituting assault go, strangulation is one of the most serious offenses. On its face, this is a pretty obvious statement, but when taken in the context of intimate partner violence, there is more to strangulation than is understood by the layman’s common sense. Strangulation and intimate partner violence hold a particular correlation where each is material to the character of the other. Domestic violence is a predominant narrative background in which strangulation incidents situate: in the United States, around ten percent of violent deaths each year are due to strangulation, and roughly ninety percent of those deaths…

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