05/16/2018 just before I gave one hell of a speech in a Hotel just west of Times Square. Toyin who’s story I wont share here out of respect for her privacy , posed with me at the luncheon that afternoon, just before me her spoke. The crowd was a mix of people from rhe five boroughs and the world. Individuals completing a myriad of recovery programs including substance abuse, sexual assault, domestic violence , trauma counseling and so on.On the stage located downstairs, I literally, with no idea how long it would take, with no idea of what lied before me, vowed and set out to start in Paralegal Studies program at CityTech..
So when I say my head is still spinning, I mean it. Because I literally had no idea I would be sitting up in class at 7:45am little more than 3 months and 11 days later. Yet that is exactly what happened.
This statement holds three essential truths.
One and most importantly is being born differently abled is not synonymous with being defeated from birth. We have far more going for us and are far more capable than anyone realizes.
Two the only limits to human endurance and spirit are those we place on ourselves. True we can’t fly by wishing it. But someone had to have the unincumbered imagination to invent airplanes.
Last but not least. When we endeavor on something, being born of love, of passion, that bears the very essence of our soul then there is nothing we cannot accomplish. Not one damn thing. To.that testament , it took over one year from.the photo , for the certificate below to reach my hands. On 8/23/2016 , just three days after my birthday. It took me chasing it down , making phone calls. But it did, and so the same will be with my Paralegal Studies and my Law Degree. It may take a lot of energy and a hell of an emotional roller coaster. But I am determined to have it and I will make it happen.
It’s such a tumultuous time right now for LGBTQ. So it makes sense to pay attention to 3 landmark cases before the Supreme Court on October 8th. All three deal with termination. The first two which will be combined into one case deal with separate individuals fired for being gay. And the third similarly deals with someone fired by a funeral home for being Transgender. The impact of the cases could either reverse the Trump Administration’s course on LGBTQ discrimination or it could further marginalize millions of LGBTQ people across the nation, sending many into poverty or worse.
Let us be mortal akin to Earth,
But let us dare to be greater than deities,
Let us surpass the heavens and as Hyperion once did,
Fly right into the sun,
For only those who strive to great heights,
as perilous as the fumble, shall be allowed to grow.
So apparently the MTA just failed to quell a lawsuit concerning the lack of accessibility at stations.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I have posted your final course grades on CUNYfirst, and your final exam grades here on OpenLab, in the GradeBook linked at the bottom right corner of the screen. Once again, THANK YOU, all, for an excellent semester! You worked very hard and showed tremendous intellectual energy, which made teaching and learning with you extremely fun and rewarding. I hope to work with you again, perhaps in Legal Research I this coming Fall (MW 10-11:15am)? Or some other way. If I can be of any help to any of you, with advisement, references, etc., please do not hesitate to contact me at any time.
Have a fun and SAFE summer, and I look forward to seeing you soon!
Ladies and Gentlemen,
You did an EXCELLENT job with our final exam review today! I expect great performances from all of you on the exam, which is this Wednesday, May 22, 11:30am. DON’T FORGET to bring your CPLR and a writing instrument, and you may bring your copies of the court charts and maps you received in class. Arrive on time!!
Also DON’T FORGET about the Law & Paralegal Studies Department’s End of Semester CELEBRATION!! All Law & Paralegal students and faculty are invited to join us this Thursday, May 23, 2019, 6-8:30pm in N119 for food and FUN!! It’s all FREE!! Here’s the flyer. Please join us!!
Finally–following up on our discussion about Alabama’s new abortion law, on our “Articles” page I have posted the US Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision and a link to the History Channel’s summary and background on the case, along with the two articles we discussed today. The case is long so if you’d like a printed copy, let me know and I’ll gladly print one out for you.
Study hard, see you Wednesday!
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I have posted a list of study SUGGESTIONS for the final exam under “course materials.” It is NOT an exclusive list!! Other terms and concepts we’ve covered this semester may appear on the exam. However, if you follow these suggestions, you should be in good shape. Before Monday’s class, PLEASE review all your notes, readings, quizzes, midterm exam, etc., and come prepared to ask any questions. PLEASE also bring your CPLR, it will be helpful for our review.
Enjoy the weekend, see you Monday!
OK, as I mentioned to some of you I’ll be part of a photo-shoot for O magazine on Tuesday. Interestingly enough there may be an interview involved. So ends up the way it’s being scheduled I may be able to make it to legal research after all. If so… What fun this will be. Either way Ill keep you posted and we’ll definitely have a blast doing oratories on Wednesday.
C U Then
I’m SO sorry! I COMPLETELY forgot to return your graded court observation memos at the end of today’s class! They’ll be helpful in preparing your oral presentations. You may pick them up in the department office (N622) from Ms. DeJesus, our Department Administrator. I’ve left them in an envelope with her–tell her you’re in my class and your name, and she’ll give you your graded memo.
Sorry again! See you Wednesday,