In September 2015, I created Persyn Law & Policy to advance justice and equality under law. That mission quickly evolved to include a focus on early childhood trauma and its ramifications for juvenile justice, education, and health care. As a result of this work, the Hanna Boys Center has offered me the position of inaugural Director of the Hanna Institute. It's an exciting opportunity to steer the Institute's work on early adversity and child trauma. But for now, this work will prevent me from growing my own practice with Persyn Law & Policy, and the firm will not be taking on additional work at this time.
I've been so honored to have the trust of my clients while at the helm of Persyn Law & Policy. Thanks to them, I've participated in some remarkable matters, among them:
The Blue Ribbon Panel on Transparency, Accountability, and Fairness in Law Enforcement, which led to a year-long investigation and an extensive report;
Joseph H. v. California, which enabled me to represent the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children as amicus curiae in the Supreme Court;
Arce v. Huppenthal, a civil rights in education case against Arizona for its ban on Mexican American Studies.
The last matters I worked on were Prepared to Vote, which took me to Dallas to protect the vote for Election 2016 (hired as a temporary attorney by NAACP LDF); and Clemency Project 2014, where my representation of a petitioner sentenced to 300 months imprisonment on nonviolent drug charges will continue until the end.
Children's rights are human rights are civil rights. My advocacy for poor and minority children and youth as Director of the Hanna Boys Center is of a piece with the work I have done through Persyn Law & Policy, and representative of the core values and goals I've held since I was first licensed to practice law.
I'll continue to write in this space about my work at the Hanna Institute. Stop by for news on our mission statement and initial work with the community in Sonoma.
Tikkun Olam, friends. Heal the world. May we all go from strength to strength.