Leaving court, I saw a hungry dog following a woman who seemingly kept trying to pepper spray it(?) so I followed, coaxed the dog to come to me and bought the dog a pork chop plate lunch. I called animal control and was trying to keep her around until they arrived.
A man driving stopped to offer me some of his pizza to feed the dog to keep her around. He introduced himself and that is how I met my new client just assigned to me.

Irrefutable proof my clients are good humans 🥺
Anyone worried about the dog— animal control couldn’t catch her so I contacted a rescue in the area. They are on it.
Animal control arrived but she was spooked and took off. The lady at the rescue is going to set the trap where we fed her so hopefully they will get her today. She’s going to update me if they do catch her.
If only my SO knew how close we came to divorce today (and dog #3)

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14 Jan
We don't talk enough about how the criminal system is not trauma-informed. A while back, I started asking my clients charged with violent offenses such as murder or rape to take an ACEs test. Low scores were the rare exception, high scores were the rule,
Almost every client had experienced 8-10 adverse childhood experiences during their formative years --the 10 recognized ACEs are abuse (physical or sexual), neglect (emotional or physical), parent with mental health issues, substance abuse or 1 or both parents in prison.
8-10 is an incredible number, the CDC reported that only 16% of the population have 4 more ACEs.

There is a proven link between childhood ACEs and adult criminality.
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12 Jan
Just picked Lola up. Surgery went well, but was more invasive than expected. There was a subcutaneous infection so they had to open her entire incision to treat then staple closed. She has a drain in each teet, hopefully those will be ready to be removed Saturday.
She’s terrified of the car, trying to run away every time she realizes she has to go for a ride. But when they walked her out to me she ran to the car, basically dragging her nurse, her head frantically moving around seemingly searching.
I got out of the car and she ran to me, then started frantically scratching at the car door until I opened it like “let me in!” then lunged inside and sat like this all the way home.
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12 Jan
My SO just texted that he’s rushing Lola to the vet because she’s bleeding and crying... I am in court. I’m worried. This is terrible.
She’s having surgery...
Still haven’t heard anything. It’s been hours.
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29 Dec 20
There have been many sentencing hearings where I have seen the murder victim’s family, one by one, give testimony that they knew the defendant, he is a good kid, and beg on his behalf for mercy. Beg that it not be the end of his life as well. Beg for a second chance,
For society and the system to afford him an opportunity for rehabilitation, for the system to provide him with services, some support to better himself. I have seen the mother of the victim tell the judge that the death wouldn’t be in vain if she could see the defendant better
Himself. All to have the law demand and dictate that the defendant spend his life behind bars and with no opportunity to prove his rehabilitation.
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29 Dec 20
I’m not sure it’s possible to imagine how absolutely soul shattering and difficult it is to deliver the news to an 18 year old kid that the facts aren’t on his side, yes he made a mistake, but no he will never get a second chance, he will spend his life and die behind bars
Every time I have delivered this speech, it was to a good person deserving of a second chance that they will sadly never get because society (often the same society that put them in the position in the first place) said they aren’t deserving.
Crimes are rarely as Hollywood depicts. They are rarely this devious, diabolical plot and more often are born out of bad circumstance that results in a series of bad (often arguably necessary in some way) decisions. We must change and stop throwing away our humans.
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23 Dec 20
Just got off the phone with a client who hasn’t been able to call because the jail has been taking his money for his meds.

In jail pretrial, they won’t continue you on any medicine you were on previously. You are abruptly taken off because you aren’t allowed to take your meds.
No regard for what abrupt discontinuation of meds will do (from what I’ve seen can range from delusions, delirium, psychosis, suicidal thoughts to actual suicide.) You stay like this while waiting to see medical which can take 20 days- month(s). Longest I’ve seen was 3 months.
After seeing medical, your scripts are often changed to different brands, doses reduced, and only administered once a week. So if you were prescribed something for bipolar— you’d get your one (smaller different brand) dose once a week.
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