The Gift of Opportunity

Be an opener of doors … -Ralph Waldo Emmerson Jane Doe, a 10-year-old girl born in Honduras, found herself in an unlikely place – the United States – unaccompanied, undocumented and among strangers. Normally, an undocumented unaccompanied minor would be sent back their home country.1 Since Jane is a minor, it would be inappropriate to reveal her…

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Tired of Being Alone?

To be “a companion with others along the way, to carry the message that ‘you are not alone.’ and to give them courage to live humanly….” -William Stringfellow Sick and tired of being alone? Build a community. That is what Andrew W. McThenia, Jr. did. He built a community – that was worth building.1 First year…

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Wicked Good Response to Haters

I didn’t have Bill Gates money. I didn’t have Warren Buffet money. I had a house. -Tony Tolbert If you have decided to give your house away, you probably put a lot of thought into it. You probably did some soul searching as well. If, like Tony Tolbert, you are an attorney, you probably took…

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When You Get Stepped On – What Does It Smell Like?

When you step on a rose it smells like a rose. When you get stepped on what does it smell like? -Jeanne Marie Leslie Deng Thiak Adut was no older than six when he was separated from his mother. And forced to walk 33 days to an army training camp. He drank water squeezed from grass in…

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Mentoring is Noble

We were motivated by our mentors to go an extra mile. ― Lailah Gifty Akita Who do you most admire or who would you want to be more like? Most likely, that person is mentoring someone. Their mentees may go by other names like student or precept, disciple or upasika. Even so, a more experienced…

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From Prison Cell To Congress (How to Step Higher)

“My philosophy is that children should be ahead of their parents, should climb a step higher and make a contribution to the family and to society.” -Minnie Crockett (George’s mother)1 During America’s “Cold War” past there was no open war underway. The era was defined by threats, propaganda and fear. America’s enemy was not a…

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When the Whole Crowd Is Against You

Look for the best in each other, and always do your best to bring it out.1 Several years ago, I went to see a law partner’s son play college baseball. Of course, most people brag on their children, but this young man really was talented. He was one of those players that made the game…

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Living a Latin Phrase

 Fiat justitia ruat caelum (Let justice be done though it tear down heaven) -Judge James Edwin Horton In 1931 Alabama, African Americans were, at best, referred to as blacks. Outside of a working relationship, blacks and whites didn’t mingle. Blacks went to black churches and whites to white churches. Blacks and whites were prohibited to…

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What is Nobility?

It all started the day I was having lunch with several people during a weekend training. Everybody was a professional of some sort, I was the only one with a law degree and as I ate (or tried to) they were arguing about what their legal /professional duty was in a particular situation. Each person…

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