Professionally, my work could be described this way: I am a criminal defence lawyer, a law professor, a writer, a volunteer, and a social justice advocate. I have appeared a few media outlets to speak on criminal justice and policing issues: CBC Radio, CFRB’s Closing Arguments, and CTV’s News Express. I blog for the Huffington Post, and have also been published on the web-site for TVO’s The Agenda.
I get particularly fired up about policing, punishment, restorative justice, poverty, global justice, children’s rights and life conditions (children in war, child labour, child sexual exploitation, the value of girls in families and communities), education, increasing tolerance and understanding between people of diverse backgrounds, peace between Israel and Palestinians, and the abundance of chemical and electromagnetic materials that are harmful to our children, humanity, and the environment.
I am also a mother striving to devote as much as I can to my children while also nourishing my public life, staying relevant, and contributing to the rest of the world. My criminal law practice has been on hold since my children were born, but I am ever connected to the world of criminal justice and continue to teach and write in that area.
This blog represents a fusion of three of my pursuits and passions: improvement of our criminal justice system to make it more humane (which will also make it more effective), engagement of the public, and writing. I hope that it will contribute to the public’s meaningful understanding and involvement in the criminal justice system and to the improvement of the latter. And I hope that it will satisfy a couple of my needs, too!
Your comments and input are most welcome.
Thanks for reading!