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Christy Hardin Smith

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Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children. Email: reddhedd AT firedoglake DOT com
 
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About Me:
Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children. Email: reddhedd AT firedoglake DOT com

Health Care and Poverty: We are Failing Our Most Vulnerable

By: Monday September 7, 2009 6:07 am

As a nation, we are failing the most vulnerable members of our society. The number of homeless schoolchildren, uprooted amidst the financial turmoil of the last few years is rising: There were 679,000 homeless students reported in 2006-7, a total that surpassed one million by last spring…

FDL Book Salon Discusses “The Test Of Our Times” With Gov. Tom Ridge

By: Saturday September 5, 2009 2:00 pm

Some folks might have qualms or questions about our having a Republican on FDL for a book salon. Not me. It’s high time we started talking to one another about the issues, rather than talking past each other in a political frenzy. Especially regarding issues which in years past were supposedly held above the political fray: national security, intelligence matters, and the rule of law.

Pull Up A Chair…

By: Saturday September 5, 2009 5:16 am

Ahhh, Labor Day weekend. Time to kick back, relax, and enjoy whatever it is we all enjoy together or separately. How many folks out there are planning a picnic, BBQ, meal for family and friends or football watching weekend snackfest extravaganza?

Status Quo? Hell No! When Leadership Means Partisanship

By: Thursday September 3, 2009 6:06 am

These days it seems that bipartisanship is all the rage.

Not in practice, mind you, but as a codeword sop to the masses as justification for defending the status quo.

The end result of bipartisanship is paring down a bill until it changes next to nothing of import. And then selling it as if it were the greatest thing since the last bucket of lukewarm spit to pass this way.

Von Spakovsky Accuses Obama Civil Rights Team of “Nakedly Political” Acts; NYT Fails to Note HvS’s Own Partisan Work

By: Tuesday September 1, 2009 1:05 pm

Oh goodness. Guess who has his soiled knickers in a twist? . . . the Obama administration is planning a major revival of high-impact civil rights enforcement against policies, in areas ranging from housing to hiring, where statistics show that minorities fare disproportionately poorly. President George W. Bush’s appointees had discouraged such tactics, preferring to focus on individual cases in which there is evidence of intentional discrimination.

RNC Leader Steele Confuses Dick’s Pre-Crime with Justice

By: Tuesday September 1, 2009 6:01 am

Yesterday, Gregg highlighted some prime interview inanity from RNC chairman Michael Steele. The President himself has said he doesn’t want to look backwards, but now he’s allowing his Attorney General to do just that.

Leaving aside the disturbing Pre-Crime connotations straight out of Phillip K. Dick’s Minority Report, Steele’s utter ignorance of how DOJ is supposed to properly function is stunning.

After Katrina: Rebuilding And Renewal In New Orleans

By: Saturday August 29, 2009 11:30 am

I’ve been meaning to get pictures of our trip to New Orleans up for ages, and just haven’t found the right moment to write about them. Until now. Seems a fitting tribute to the resilience and strength of the human spirit that we saw from so many in NOLA to post some pictures of how beautiful areas are, and how far things have come for so many who have been working

Pull Up A Chair…

By: Saturday August 29, 2009 5:15 am

Can’t just wash it away…

Hurricane Katrina marked a real low point in human compassion and decency in this country on so many levels.

But it also brought out some of the best in so many people from all over the country — and the world. Neighbors helping each other cope with their horrible losses.

That Beltway Thing You Do: DC Press Corps Feigns Outrage Over CIA Prosecutor

By: Friday August 28, 2009 6:07 am

The DOJ appointment of a special prosecutor has the Beltway press all aflutter. Why?

Because it’s that thing they do:

The art of the hissy fit lies in your ability to bring the entire media over to the fainting couch over even the most absurd allegations of impropriety and insensitivity.

Health Care: White House Discourages Making Waves on Reproductive Health and Choice

By: Thursday August 27, 2009 6:00 am

Yesterday was Women’s Equality Day — and the 89th anniversary of women winning the right to vote with the passage of the 19th amendment. I spent an hour yesterday on a call organized by the White House regarding health care and inequality of coverage and services for women. It’s an important issue, especially since women have the most to gain from better health care provision.

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