THE HILLSBOROUGH ASSOCIATION FOR WOMEN LAWYERS kicked and yelled into spring recently with its inaugural Self Defense Seminar, attended by members of HAWL and employees of a local domestic violence shelter. During the two-hour seminar Anne Radke, left, president of the Upkudo International Karate Federation, emphasized the goal of the training. “Self defense is not simply learning a few movements, but developing a lifestyle of awareness and preparedness that leads to greater security and peace of mind,” Radke said. She also taught the participants exercises involving assessing their situations and utilizing awareness drills to increase overall perception of different situations. With hand pads and gloves, participants were given the chance to kick, punch, elbow, and knee different targets in order to get comfortable with various techniques. At the end of the seminar, participants were given the chance to demonstrate the lessons and techniques they learned from the seminar. Pictured above, Kristin Norse, center, the community outreach chair for HAWL, takes down fellow HAWL member Anthony Reeves. The seminar was held as part of the Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers Community Outreach Program, which also conducts its “Take Your Child to Work” program for members and local middle school students and an annual toy drive to benefit the Kinship Care Foundation.
NOVA SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY law students recently traveled to Washington to visit the U.S. Supreme Court and had an opportunity to meet with Chief Justice John Roberts, Jr. The pilgrimage to the high court has been a regular feature of NSU Distinguished Visiting Professor Tim O’Brien’s course in constitutional decision-making and this year the students heard oral arguments in Beard v. Banks, concerning whether prison officials may deny troublesome prison inmates access to newspapers and magazines. The lower court said that such a denial violates the inmates’ First Amendment rights, rejecting Pennsylvania’s contention that the restrictions had the beneficial effect of deterring prison misconduct and also served the state’s legitimate interest in prison security. Professor O’Brien, former chief ABC News correspondent at the U.S. Supreme Court, also arranged the visit with Chief Justice Roberts. “We had a wide-ranging discussion of ideas and Supreme Court advocacy,” O’Brien said. “[The chief justice] was most cordial, answered all questions, and even gave up part of his lunch hour with the other justices to be with us.” Pictured with Chief Justice Roberts, center, is the delegation from NSU.
THE ATLANTIC HIGH SCHOOL’S Academy of Law and Government in Port Orange are the recipient of a $2,000 donation made by the Volusia Bar Foundation, the nonprofit wing of the Volusia County Bar Association. The Academy of Law and Government attracts students interested in becoming lawyers, legal secretaries, court reporters, police officers, game wardens, firefighters, postal workers, urban planners, forensic scientists, crime lab technicians, and many others. Students take part in activities like teen court and mock trials. Other programs show students what it is like to have a job working in federal, state, or city governments. One thousand dollars will be used to fund scholarships to graduating seniors and $1,000 will be used to defray the cost of the annual trip to Tallahassee. Pictured is Volusia Bar Foundation President Belle Schumann presenting the check to advisor Ronnie Garrett, career connections coordinator Colleen Kirvan, and Atlantic High Principal Ronald Pagano.