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Women Criminal Defense Attorneys: Happy New Year!

Every year that women focus more on creating equality in law and business is a good year.  Every year that women strengthen their connections with one another in law and business is a good year.  For me and hopefully for many women, 2013 was a great year from that perspective. In 2013, this blog enriched my life and practice more than I ever could have known was possible. I developed friendships with women who will hopefully be a part of my life for years to come. I have been the grateful recipient of the knowledge base of fellow women who have so generously shared their time and experience. And I have given of my time and knowledge to younger women in the field. In 2013, I was more mindful to reach out, up, and back to connect with fellow women… and it paid dividends and returns that will last a lifetime. My hope for 2014 is that our community continues to grow and strengthen. I look forward to interviewing and meeting more amazing women all over the country that continue to bring passion, heart, and soul to criminal defense. And I hope that 2014 will be an incredible year for all of you as well. Happy New Year!
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Women Criminal Defense Attorneys: Happy Holidays and a Dream Come True

Happy Holidays!  It’s that time of year to reflect on the year that is passing and anticipate all the hope that the New Year brings. The holidays remind us that childlike dreams can be a reality and that what seem like impossible wishes can come true.  That is what happened recently when President Obama commuted the sentences of eight federal inmates. They were sentenced under the old draconian 100 to 1 ratio of crack to powder cocaine. One of the inmates was represented by Margaret Love from D.C who specializes in executive clemency and pardons.  She told the New York Times that both she and her client were overcome with emotion. Now, that was certainly a wish come true, at least for the eight federal inmates and their attorneys. There has been criticism regarding the fact that Obama has used the power of the presidential pardon far fewer times than any modern day president. The Editorial Board of the New York Times called the recent actions a “Small Step toward More Mercy“, but also called the Obama White House the “least merciful [administration] in modern times.”  There are still over 8000 federal inmates who are serving sentences based on the old drug laws, who have no recourse under the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010. I understand the criticism; I too wish President Obama would do more.  What we should not forget, though, is that there are not many Presidents that would take up or care about our societies’ most forgotten citizens to begin with. The crack cocaine sentencing injustices that went on for years disproportionately affected African Americans more than any other race. There are not many individuals in politics today taking up the charge for drug offenders, especially those sentenced under the crack guidelines.  The spirit of that should not be forgotten or minimized.  And this holiday season is the perfect time to remember and reflect. Happy Holidays, and may all your wishes come true!
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