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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

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Frances Moore Lappe, Getting A Grip 2: Clarity, Creativity and Courage for the World We Really Want

By: Saturday August 28, 2010 1:58 pm

On April 29, 1938, President Franklin D. Roosevelt wrote a missive to Congress on the importance of curbing corporate monopolies that resonates as much today as it did in the wake of the Great Depression:

…the liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself.

Boy, does that ever hit home.

In Getting A Grip 2, Frances Moore Lappe takes that lesson and hits hard at its core: to build a stronger more cohesive society with a firm foundation in democracy for all, not just a privileged few, you have to work at it. We all have to work at it. Preferably together.

A West Virginian Remembers Senator Robert Byrd as Master of Senate Rules… and the Fiddle

By: Monday June 28, 2010 8:30 am

Sen. Robert C. Byrd passed away last evening at the age of 92. A fellow West Virginian remembers his service.

Pull Up A Chair…

By: Saturday September 19, 2009 5:10 am

Another turning point, a fork stuck in the road… As you all know, the last year and a half have been tough on the Smith family. It was beyond exhausting. But when you try keeping eighty bazillion balls in the air at one time when you have lupus? Apparently your body decides to get even with you. And, let’s just say, mine is doing so at the moment.

Gitmo Lawyer Says Detainee Treatment Mirrored Own Torture Training; Harsh Treatment Tears “Fabric of Who We Are”

By: Tuesday September 15, 2009 8:45 am

PBS Now recently interviewed Lt. Col. Stuart Couch on our treatment of detainees and the dangers of the slippery slope of torture. Couch is incredibly honest and open in the interview, and it makes for some compelling viewing.

As Couch Says:

We cannot compromise our respect for the dignity of every human being.

Sesame Street: Tackling Tough Economic Times Together

By: Saturday September 12, 2009 10:30 am

Sesame Street has always been out in front of issues that kids want and need to talk about, but that parents might think are above their heads.

I can recall watching the show as a kid and picking up cues about racial tolerance and how bigotry can hurt someone’s feelings. Or giving to others instead of being greedy.

Pull Up A Chair…

By: Saturday September 12, 2009 5:15 am

‘Tis the season. No, not that one. The bowl full o’ jelly man isn’t due for a few more months. It’s apple season. That joyous time of year when I start craving spiced cider and apple crisps and spending time with my family at a u-pick-em orchard.

How Fragile We Are

By: Friday September 11, 2009 6:00 am

So many lives lost. So many dreams shattered. So many families with empty arms. So many loved ones with aching hearts. Still.

Citizens United Case Underlines Court’s Deep Ideological Divide

By: Thursday September 10, 2009 6:05 am

Pillars at SCOTUS via David Paul Ohmer.

The full transcript from yesterday’s Citizens United arguments has been released by SCOTUS. SCOTUSblog has links to both the transcript and the tape of oral argument, made available from PBS Newshour.

Depending on the outcome of the case, there could be a reversal of laws which sought to balance speech rights against a compelling interest to prevent public corruption that go all the

SCOTUS: Citzens United to be Re-Argued Today; Campaign Finance, Speech Rights Hang in Balance

By: Wednesday September 9, 2009 6:06 am

The Citizens United case will be re-argued today before SCOTUS. As Robert Barnes put it, this is yet another test of stare decisis in a period where that hallowed doctrine has been repeatedly tested since Justice Roberts took the helm. And, more precisely, it “raises new ones about the boldness of a court that has moved to the right with the addition of Roberts and Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr.”

Real Education Needs Ignored as Fantasy Grudge Match Gets More Press

By: Tuesday September 8, 2009 6:08 am

Continuing to open yap and insert ass, the random wingnutty Obama school speech idiocy continues: After reading the text on Monday, even Jim Greer, the Florida Republican Party chairman who last week accused the president of seeking to use the speech to foist “socialist ideology” on schoolchildren, said he could find nothing to criticize in its text. “In its current form, it’s fine,” Mr. Greer said in an interview. “But it remains to be seen if it’s the speech he’s going to give.”

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