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Politicizing Punishment Over Treatment

In September 2023, I took the opportunity to lead a program for Montgomery County Criminal Division Judges, defense attorneys and prosecutors on the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections’ (DOC) new programs. These programs are designed to educate, support, treat and help eligible convicts who are incarcerated in state prisons. Jim Stover,

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Spraying Mace at Injustice: A Cautionary Tale

I recently had the privilege of representing a renowned psychologist in Philadelphia Municipal Court. She is known for helping people in the Philadelphia community with addiction and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. She was arrested in November 2022 for Simple Assault and related charges for spraying mace at a neighbor. The neighbor

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Alex’s Story

I had the pleasure of meeting Alex in August 2020, shortly after Montgomery County appointed me to be his attorney for a felony drug case. I met him while he was incarcerated at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility (MCCF). He was only 21 years old at the time and his

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Some Bad News

This morning, as I was on my laptop, an e-mail came across my screen:“Laurie, I’m afraid I have some terrible news…our son took his own life yesterday….I thought you should know, as he cared very much about you (as do I).” Their son was my client. As I endured the

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Prison and Criminal Justice Reform Through “Mann-Up”

Yesterday I had the privilege of being a guest at the “Mann-Up” Day of Acknowledgement at SCI Phoenix, a state prison in Collegeville, Pennsylvania. I was invited to attend by one of my clients, an inmate at SCI Phoenix, the Master of Ceremonies and one of the leaders of this

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Expungement of a Child Abuse Record

From The Philadelphia Lawyer – Summer 2018 Laurie Jubelirer recalls a woman who was referred to her in 2015. In the 1990s, the woman had been a foster mother to a young boy with behavioral issues. When the foster mother determined that she could no longer care for him, the

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Judge backs bullied charter school student

by Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer http://www2.philly.com/philly/education/Judge-backs-bullied-charter-school-student-.html   A Philadelphia Common Pleas Court judge has sided with a student at Tacony Academy Charter School who said he was bullied and then wrongly expelled.   In an order filed Thursday, Judge Linda Carpenter overturned the expulsion of Romeo Glover, 18.  She

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