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Musings on Miranda

dan-dewoskin-new-photoby Daniel DeWoskin
President, DeKalb Bar Association
atlantatrial.com

As we prepare to celebrate Law Day here in DeKalb County this month, it occurred to me that as time goes by, we often lose sight of the importance legal developments and procedural safeguards that protect our civil rights. These may be codified laws or decisions in a particular case, but we tend to take them for granted once we have learned them, argued them, and come to know them so well that we expect the court to know our position before we begin to speak at a motions hearing. Miranda v. Arizona is just such a decision.

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If You Think We Are Past It, Perhaps You Have Never Experienced It

dan-dewoskin-new-photoby Daniel DeWoskin
President, DeKalb Bar Association
atlantatrial.com

I frequently find myself wanting to reach conclusions about news events involving race, whether it be about Black Lives Matter, Affirmative Action, comments made by politicians, criticism of law enforcement throughout the country, or a host of other situations that come across the news wire. Although it is challenging, I try to refrain from making quick judgments and try to at least consider all points of view. This can be very difficult.

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Thoughts on Parenting in an Election Year

dan-dewoskin-new-photoby Daniel DeWoskin
President, DeKalb Bar Association
atlantatrial.com

I am a cynic. I cannot deny it, nor would I ever try to do so. As much as anyone else does, I enjoy how alive the nation gets in an election year, watching as the most clever comedy writers explode with creativity and television editors can hardly sleep for the mining of the gold that takes place on the campaign trail. I can still recall in 2000 when many of my friends believed that our nation would be destroyed never to return if their candidate did not win. Many of my friends would argue that the country was irreparably destroyed. It was not.

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Judging Actions Versus Judging People

dan-dewoskin-new-photoby Daniel DeWoskin
President, DeKalb Bar Association
atlantatrial.com

Long ago, when I was a teenager, I met a man who told me that he struggled to resist the urge to judge people, but instead preferred to judge their actions. I did not realize at that time how profound that simple statement was, how much it meant for me, and how long I would remember him saying it.

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Political Correctness versus Respect

dan-dewoskin-new-photoby Daniel DeWoskin
President, DeKalb Bar Association
atlantatrial.com

As I watch debates among presidential candidates, read newspaper articles about which celebrity made an offensive comment and see who was offended, it occurs to me that there is a difference between political correctness and respect in general. When I was a child, there were many terms I heard people use that were not politically correct, but were certainly acceptable in everyday parlance at the time. This did not mean that these particular terms were respectful of others, or perhaps were the best choice of labels or terminology. Instead, they were simply accepted.

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