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    I practice a lot of juvenile law in Texas and was asked by a judge if I was a relative of the child in custody. This was a visiting judge whom I’d never seen before and you could have heard a pin drop because everyone from the bailiff, juvenile probation officers, and the DAs all know me. I politely replied, “I’m defense counsel for this child. None of my relatives are in this courthouse that I’m aware of.” Btw, I am one of 4 attorneys in my family.

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    Jean Givan

    Not for nothing, I think it was an honest mistake, especially since that’s the area where defendants sit. He would get a pass on that one in my world and I’m Black and highly attentive to things like that

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    STILL IN 2017
    We Wear the Mask


    We wear the mask that grins and lies, 

    It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,— 

    This debt we pay to human guile; 

    With torn and bleeding hearts we smile, 

    And mouth with myriad subtleties. 

    Why should the world be over-wise, 

    In counting all our tears and sighs? 

    Nay, let them only see us, while 

           We wear the mask. 

    We smile, but, O great Christ, our cries 

    To thee from tortured souls arise. 

    We sing, but oh the clay is vile 

    Beneath our feet, and long the mile; 

    But let the world dream otherwise, 

           We wear the mask

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