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Local Bar Associations Prepare for 14th Annual Thomas D. Horne Leadership in the Law Summer Camp

June 6, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Schools Comments Off on Local Bar Associations Prepare for 14th Annual Thomas D. Horne Leadership in the Law Summer Camp
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The Loudoun and Fauquier County Bar Associations are gearing up for the 14th Annual Thomas D. Horne Leadership in the Law Summer Camp, hosted by the Town of Leesburg. Twenty-four rising seniors from public and private schools across Loudoun and Fauquier Counties will participate in this week-long camp that provides in-depth training in the legal system, culminating in mock trials at the Loudoun County Courthouse on Friday, June 20, 2014.
Last year, Law Camp was renamed to honor retired Loudoun County Circuit Court Judge Thomas D. Horne, who initiated the project. Students prepare all week for their mock trials, working directly with local judges, lawyers, law clerks and other legal professionals. Local sitting judges preside over the mock trials, community leaders and other volunteers serve on the juries, and local attorneys demonstrate their dramatic skills as witnesses.

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Virginia Students Continue to Outperform Peers Nationwide on SAT

September 25, 2012 by Contributor News, Schools Comments Off on Virginia Students Continue to Outperform Peers Nationwide on SAT

Participation and Performance of Commonwealth’s Ethnic Groups Also Increase

Virginia’s 2012 public school graduates outperformed their peers nationwide on the SAT college-admissions test, according to results released today by the College Board. The commonwealth’s graduating seniors achieved at higher levels than public school students nationwide on all three SAT subsections:

  • The average reading score of 508 for Virginia public school students is 17 points higher than the national average.
  • The average mathematics score of 510 for Virginia public school students is five points higher.
  • The average writing score of 492 for Virginia public school students is 11 points higher.

In addition, Virginia public school students in all ethnic groups that the College Board reports, — American Indian, Asian, African American, Hispanic and White — outperformed their peers nationwide on all three SAT subsections.

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Board of Education to Revisit ESEA Objectives

August 30, 2012 by Contributor News, Schools Comments Off on Board of Education to Revisit ESEA Objectives

Board of Education President David M. Foster said today that he will ask the board at its September 27 meeting to revisit annual measurable objectives (AMOs) for mathematics achievement that were set in July using a methodology approved by the US Department of Education (USED). The methodology was included in Virginia’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility Request, which waived certain No Child Left Behind-era mandates, that was approved by USED on June 29.

“The timeline for reviewing Virginia’s request necessitated both the Board of Education and USED approving a methodology for setting annual objectives for student subgroups before results from the rigorous new mathematics Standards of Learning (SOL) tests were available,” Foster said. “Now that we know the impact of the 2011-2012 tests on the mathematics AMOs, USED, Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia I. Wright, Secretary of Education Laura Fornash and I agree that the board should revisit the methodology in order to set more aggressive annual goals for raising subgroup achievement and closing achievement gaps.” … Continue Reading

Back to School Transition

August 3, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Schools 1 comment
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By Cynthia Hayes, Ph.D

The beginning of a new school year is a challenging time for the whole family. However, a little preparation and forethought can make a word of difference in helping the shift to go smoothly and can also help children feel secure and look forward to their school year.

?Sleep schedule-The easiest way to support your child’s transition to an earlier bedtime is to make it gradual. For example, if a child’s summer bedtime is 9:30, but she needs to turn in by 8:00 on school nights, parents can help her to make the change over several weeks. The first week she could shift to 9:00, then the second week, to 8:30, and finally to 8:00. … Continue Reading

Writing Excellence at Blue Ridge Middle School

July 5, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Schools Comments Off on Writing Excellence at Blue Ridge Middle School
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Blue Ridge Middle School principal Brion Bell announced that several times this past year students have been recognized by local and national competitions and organizations for their excellence in writing.

Under the guidance of Mrs. White and Mr. Kursman, three eighth graders, Mary Callihan, Alexandra Van Zandt and Emily Baer were honored by Scholastic Writing Awards for the South Region-at-Large. Callihan won a Certificate of Merit recognizing the top 20 percent in each category, and Van Zandt received the Silver Key (top 15 percent). The highest award in regional competition is the Gold Key (top ten percent). This year, Blue Ridge has one Gold Key winner, Baer. … Continue Reading

New Lessons After Graduation

June 6, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Columns, Samuel Moore-Sobel Comments Off on New Lessons After Graduation

By last four years well.

Graduation is almost here! The day we have all been waiting for. During the beginning of June hundreds of high school seniors are graduating, moving onto college and out into the world to make an impact. I feel so blessed to have made it this far, especially since there wasn’t always a guarantee that I would.

On September. 1, 2009, I was in an accident involving sulfuric acid. I was hired for a day to help some people move furniture and boxes. We were cleaning out the shed when a box that contained a glass jar of sulfuric acid exploded, and I suffered second and third degree burns on my face and arms. … Continue Reading

Speaker for Local HS Seniors Awards Ceremony a Secret ‘Til the Last Moment

June 6, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Schools 1 comment
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By Andrea Gaines

Former United States Secretary of State Madeline Albright made a surprise appearance at the Woodgrove High School Senior Awards Ceremony on June 1, 2012.

Secretary Albright was exceptionally well-received at the gathering. But, the “back story” of how she came to speak at Woodgrove that day was the most interesting part of her visit. … Continue Reading

Jana Elizabeth Snelgrove of Purcellville Graduates from Clemson University

May 31, 2012 by Contributor Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Jana Elizabeth Snelgrove of Purcellville Graduates from Clemson University

Jana Elizabeth Snelgrove of Purcellville graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Arts in History. Snelgrove joined Clemson University’s largest-ever graduating class at three spring Commencement ceremonies at Littlejohn Coliseum Friday, May 11.

Lady Vikings Make it to Regional Semifinals in Lacrosse

May 29, 2012 by Contributor Sports Comments Off on Lady Vikings Make it to Regional Semifinals in Lacrosse
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The Loudoun Valley Ladies’ Lacrosse team made it to the Regional semifinals, but lost to crosstown rival and Dulles District champion Woodgrove, ending their season. With one of the youngest teams in recent memory, Valley surprised everyone with a highly successful season despite only returning 8 upperclassmen from last year’s team.

In dramatic fashion, the team had earned a bid to the Regional tournament with their overtime win over Tuscarora in Dulles District competition on Wednesday, May 16. The game was about as tense and exciting as it gets as both teams struggled to move on to qualify for the next round of play. The Lady Vikings, who beat Tuscarora handily just weeks ago in the regular season, took an early lead, but had their hands full as it was apparent the Huskies would not go quietly this time around. … Continue Reading

Abhimanyu Aggarwal named Ideal Bonaventure Student at St. Bonaventure University

May 24, 2012 by Contributor Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Abhimanyu Aggarwal named Ideal Bonaventure Student at St. Bonaventure University

Abhimanyu Aggarwal of Leesburg, was named an Ideal Bonaventure Student during Commencement Weekend 2012 activities at St. Bonaventure University.

Aggarwal was recognized on Saturday, May 12, at the university’s Honors Ceremony and again Sunday, May 13, during St. Bonaventure’s 152st Commencement Exercises.

The Ideal Bonaventure Students exemplify the spirit of St. Bonaventure and the ideals of St. Francis through community service and academic excellence. They are selected by a committee that considers nominations from the campus community. … Continue Reading

Emily Swan of Purcellville Graduates from Champlain College

May 17, 2012 by Contributor Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Emily Swan of Purcellville Graduates from Champlain College

Emily Swan of Purcellville recently graduated from Champlain College. Swan received a BS degree in Applied Psychology with a possible specialization and/or minor.
Champlain College’s 134th Commencement took place at Memorial Auditorium in Burlington on Saturday, May 5. In all, 451 undergraduates and 66 graduate students earned their degrees.

Dublin scholar, Dr. Patrick Masterson delivered the Commencement address to degree candidates. Andrea Rogers, founder and former director of the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, spoke in honor of the three honorary degrees that were conferred.

Champlain College President David Finney noted a long list of accomplishments that graduating students had already achieved while working, serving and playing at Champlain. “Over 50 percent of the graduating class will be starting jobs within their field of study in the next week,” he recognized, “and eleven have already created their own businesses while at Champlain.”

Teacher of the Year Named

May 6, 2012 by Contributor News, Schools Comments Off on Teacher of the Year Named
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Shenandoah University will present its Teacher of the Year Award to Shannon Allen, a keyboarding teacher at Blue Ridge Middle School, at the meeting of the Loudoun County School Board on May 8, at 6:30 p.m., at the Loudoun County Public Schools Administration Building, 21000 Education Court, in Ashburn, Va. Allen will be honored for her commitment to her students and to the community. … Continue Reading

What’s New at Woodgrove

April 28, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Columns Comments Off on What’s New at Woodgrove
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Hit the Lights! The Show is About to Start

Once Upon a Mattress, a musical comedy made famous by comedian Carol Burnett.
May 3, 4, and 5 at 7:00 p.m. and on May 6 at 2:00 p.m.
Tickets are $10
Proceeds will benefit the Theatre and Choral departments.
Watch for upcoming productions dates from Theatre Arts II, III and IV as well as a very special stand-outs senior showcase. … Continue Reading

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Sustainable Planet

Not Your Father’s El Nino

15 Aug 2015

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NASA and other agencies now forecast the incipient El Nino conditions to continue at least into the winter and the early part of 2016. Figure 1 compares Pacific sea surface temperature anomaly for the El Nino of 1997- 1998 with …

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Ask Dr. Mike

At Wits End

7 Aug 2015

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Dr. Mike, My sister’s son is autistic, but she is in complete denial. I’ve done my research and he fits a diagnosis of autism. He is three years old and doesn’t talk or socialize. He has meltdowns that are out …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth

Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: Morven Park

7 Aug 2015

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I think what strikes me most about this place – as over the top as it is in many ways – is how understated it really is; I know that’ll take some explaining. I’ve been to Morven Park hundreds of …

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Mount Zion Church

1 Jul 2015

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– By Tim Jon So: You’ve never given the American Civil War a great deal of thought, much less walked the grounds of Gettysburg or some of the other, major battleground sites located in our region; you may not be …

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Sushi's Corner

March Sushi

4 Mar 2015

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Hello everyone, this is Hokie Cat from Fields of Athenry Farm. Sushi is in big trouble as we speak and is residing in doggy dungeon. I am here to fill you in on what took place. My brother Mountie loves …

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Virginia Gardening

Planting an Allergy-Free Garden

5 May 2015

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By Donna Williamson Tom Ogren has a long-time interest in allergy-inducing plants. He has written several books on the topic and in February released his latest The Allergy Fighting Garden. He explains why plants can stir up allergies and has …

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Samuel Moore-Sobel

What It Means To Be a Man

7 Aug 2015

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel As I have gotten older I have noticed that there are more and more young men who ask me for advice. To me it seems silly – I am often not much older than the person asking, …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

A Social Security Strategy Could Enhance Your Retirement Income Plan

7 Aug 2015

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By Amy & Dan Smith What do you think of when someone mentions Social Security? Many people consider Social Security and retirement as one and the same. More than 90 percent of working Americans plan for Social Security to replace …

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Student News

8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015

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Sixty-seven Blue Ridge Middle School eighth graders have been honored for their writing during the 2014-2015 school year. Many students had their writing selected for publication by Creative Communication, a program for student writers, while others won county-wide writing contests. …

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Ben Kellogg Achieves Eagle Scout

1 Jul 2015

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Benjamin Robert Kellogg achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Purcellville on March 29. Friends, family and troop leaders attended the celebration, including his parents, Robert and Deirdre Kellogg. …

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Blue Ridge Middle Places 11th In National Science League

1 Jul 2015

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Blue Ridge National Science Day Declared Tuesday, June 10 has been officially been declared Blue Ridge National Science Day. At a recent Purcellville Town Council Meeting, Mayor Kwasi Fraser and members of the town council signed a proclamation designating this …

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Friday Night Live with Emma Rowley & Saffron Gourmet Food Truck

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Book Signing: 'Beyond Jefferson's Vines' by Richard Leahy

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Live Music: Willie White at North Gate VIneyard

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Lovettsville Historical Society Lecture: "Hex Signs: the History and the Mystery"

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COFFEEHOUSE: LOVE, LOSS & WHAT I WORE

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Mobile Hope’s “Back to School” Shopping Event Helps Loudoun Struggling Youth

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View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

5 May 2015

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Mark Your Calendar, They’ve Asked for Our Input So Let’s Give It To Them By Steady and Nobull The Purcellville Planning Commission has tentatively scheduled a series of public input sessions June 4, 11 and 18 at 7:00 p.m. at town hall for the proposed sweeping zoning changes. These major …

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Editorial

Getting Purcellville Out of the Conflicts of Interest Trap

7 Aug 2015

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Three Virginia laws address openness in government: the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (VFOIA), The Virginia Public Records Act (VPRA) and The Virginia State & Local Government Conflict of Interests Act (VCOIA). VFOIA guides how public bodies conduct their meetings and regulates access to government records. VPRA establishes basic rules about what constitutes a public record and what the government’s …

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Lifestyle

Historic Village Prepares for 46th Annual Bluemont Fair

25 Aug 2015

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The sleepy Blue Ridge village of Bluemont in western-most Loudoun County, Virginia, is bustling with activity as it prepares for the 46th ANNUAL BLUEMONT FAIR, September 19 & 20, 2015 from 10AM to 5PM both days, rain or shine. Admission is still only $5/adults, under 10 free, with free parking available. One-way traffic and crosswalks will be enforced in the …

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Register for Rally for the Cure™

24 Aug 2015

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Want to participate in a fun tournament for a great cause? Then sign up to participate in the Stoneleigh Women’s Golf Association’s annual Rally for the Cure ™ golf tournament in Support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month! This is a great opportunity to play at the golf course recently cited as being the Prettiest Golf Course in Northern Virginia by …

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LCSO Announces 36th Citizens’ Police Academy

24 Aug 2015

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Loudoun County Sheriff Michael L. Chapman announced the formation of the 36th Citizens’ Police Academy, which will commence on September 15, 2015. Members of the class will participate in training classes taught by Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office personnel. The classes provide an overview of all the aspects of law enforcement within the agency. Members of the class may also have …

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Wild Loudoun

Dragonflies – To See Is To Believe

7 Aug 2015

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Shadow Darner. Unicorn Clubtail. Black Shouldered Spinyleg. Blue Dasher. Ebony Jewelwing. Calico Pennant. Sanddragon. Their names conger up some magical place inhabited by devils and demons, elegant queens, daring lovers – creatures you would need to see with your own eyes to believe really existed. But, each of these, including the Calico Pennant, is actually one of the most common …

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Around Virginia

Congress and MWAA VS Loudoun Taxpayers

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By Delegate Dave LaRock It’s no secret that population growth and business development have left Loudoun County, especially busy areas to the east, with some pretty challenging traffic. The process of expanding the local network of roads and transit always seems to be playing catch-up, usually tied to availability of …

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Governor Signs Senator Black’s Campus Sexual Assault Bill

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On Thursday, May 28, Sen. Richard Black traveled to Richmond for the bill signing ceremony of his bill, Senate Bill 712, the Campus Sexual Assault Bill. Black’s law will change the way that Virginia’s colleges and universities handle sexual assault cases.  “When I heard about the Hannah Graham case, I …

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McAuliffe Announces Movie To Film in Virginia

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Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia has been selected as the filming location for “Loving,” a motion picture based on the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a Virginia married couple who, in 1958, were arrested for violating a state law at the time prohibiting interracial marriage. The couple …

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Sports

Drew Hunter Heading To Pan American Games

7 Aug 2015

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Loudoun Valley’s Drew Hunter placed second in the United States Track and Field 1500-meter run Junior National Championship. That earned him a spot on the United States Junior Team going to the Pan American Games in Edmonton, Canada in late July. Drew lost to college freshman Blake Haney of the …

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American Legion Post 34 Hosting Mid-Atlantic Regional Baseball Tournament

5 Aug 2015

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Batter up! Chartered in 1919 by an act of Congress, the American Legion is one of our country’s oldest, largest and most prestigious veteran’s organizations – dedicated to mentoring youth, sponsoring community programs, promoting national security and supporting veterans and members of the armed forces. Specific programs include scholarships, scouting, …

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This Month in History

July, 1776: Loudoun’s Revolution Within A Revolution

1 Jul 2015

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– By Andrea Gaines Loudoun County was heavily invested in the fight for independence from Great Britain. Loudouner Francis Lightfoot Lee was one of 56 delegates to sign the Declaration of Independence. More Loudouners served in General George Washington’s army than any other county in Virginia, and the county’s enormous …

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Mary Rose Lunde

More Than a GPA

7 Aug 2015

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By Mary Rose Lunde In school we are measured in every way based on a number system from a point scale resulting in grades then translated into a GPA that can’t be easily fixed in just one semester. Students are forced to think that all they have to achieve is …

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Sarah's Closet

Go Pink … As Pink As You Like

1 Jul 2015

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– By Sarah Nearis Look at these sweet and summery pink blouses and tops. Don’t you want to try one on? Some women are afraid to wear pink, thinking it’s a bit too feminine. But, pink comes in such a wide variety of shades – from soft mauves to fuchsias …

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Letters

Thank You Purcellville

7 Aug 2015

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I want to express my sincere appreciation for the outpouring of support by the local business owners and residents in relationship to my challenge to …

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Independence Won – Much Left To Be Done

1 Jul 2015

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With graduations behind us and summer vacations ahead, we have much to look forward to. My summer will be full of events and opportunities to …

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Reflections for Father’s Day, a Child’s Constitutional Rights

15 Jun 2015

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I’ve been a licensed attorney and a father since the late 80’s. Yet, I wonder about how many of our country’s legal theories – theories …

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