Month: September 2019

Chris Czerwonka

What does a lawyer look like?  Chris Czerwonka is an adjunct professor at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University and an advocate of LGBT and disability rights, but he doesn’t necessarily fit everyone’s image of a lawyer.  “I have a walker, I’m five feet, I move slowly,” he says. “Someone like […]

D.C. Councilmembers Introduce Legislation Banning LGBTQ+ “Panic” Defense Strategies

Washington D.C. Councilmembers David Grosso and Chairman Phil Mendelson have introduced two separate bills—the “Tony Hunter and Bella Evangelista Panic Defense Prohibition Act of 2019” and “Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Panic Defense Prohibition Act of 2019,” respectively.  The legislation would prohibit legal defenses that “seek to partially or completely excuse crimes such as murder […]

“Wedlocked:” Using Mediation for Same-Sex Divorce

By Hon. Cynthia D. Wright, Senior Judge Hon. Cynthia D. Wright, Senior Judge, is a case manager at JAMS. Judge Wright served for two decades on the bench in Fulton County Superior and State courts, including two successful terms as chief judge. Judge Wright heard thousands of civil cases involving civil rights, education, employment, business, […]