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Hello! I'm Stephen. Here's a real :

I've been a lawyer for ~8 years. For 6 years I represented marginalized folks in Ohio's courts, mostly appeals. For the last 2 years I've worked in systems and data for public defenders. Now I live in NYC and work in the Bronx.

I work with , , process/systems improvement, , , , and where all of that intersects. Let me know if you want to talk about any of that! (Also into , , , my cat)

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I am not one of those "tons of open tabs" people. Instead I am one of those "an endless list of things I'm never going to read in Pocket" kinds of people.

I started watching "Moesha," and I can't stop thinking about how it was like number 140 in TV ratings while Brandy was at the top of the Billboard charts for THIRTEEN WEEKS. "Becker" was in the top 15. "Moesha" is definitely a lot better than fucking "Becker," and it's not close.

I just finished my second apple today and I'm already thinking I might like a third one. (The simplest explanation is that my locked-in eating has been pretty bad in general, so my body is like "fresh fruit!! please keep it coming!")

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I believe that apples are the most perfect food on the planet.

When I saw San Fermin live long ago, I became briefly obsessed with them, and this Blogotheque performance (Blogotheque being another thing I was briefly obsessed with) is absolutely stunning. youtube.com/watch?v=TzQls6sZ6w

Nobody really talks about Tender Forever's 2011 album "Where Are We From" and I think that's a shame. youtube.com/watch?v=uUk129unq9

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A very dear friend of mine works with blind children in India, and COVID-19 has put most of them (and their families) at extreme risk. She’s fundraising so these kids can eat, please give if you can, and boost if you can’t.

gofundme.com/f/help-visually-i

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This Animal Crossing tarot art by silkirose is the cutest thing I've seen all week (and forever laughing at the devil): https://silkirose.tumblr.com/post/615229401619120128

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I opened absolutely every window in my apartment today. It makes me feel slightly less cooped up.

About two weeks from now I'm co-presenting a webinar on strategies for training people to use remote-work tech/systems. It's hosted by the NY Courts Permanent Commission on Access to Justice.

If you're in NY and work in civil legal aid, here's more info: ww2.nycourts.gov/technology-in

covid offer 

This includes if you just need someone to help you organize and write down your thoughts and pick some next steps!

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covid offer 

If anyone needs help from a professional systems-improvement person right now (designing new processes, making plans for change, planning how to communicate and train for new processes, how to better use existing process/technology), let me know! I've got lots of time on my hands and would love to chat.

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Being an EMT in a Pandemic 

I’ve seen a lot of threads where people advocate for service industry folks to get guaranteed paid time off and/or hazard pay “because they’re first responders too”.

I don’t know who lied to you like that, but first responders don’t get PTO or hazard pay. Congress had to be shamed extensively into paying for the cancer treatment of 9/11 first responders. I get 40 hours off a year for *anything* — sick, vacation, bereavement, whatever. There’s no covid19 PTO.

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Weird fact I just learned: Harry Truman famously had a sign that says "The Buck Stops Here" on his desk. The reverse side just said "I'm From Missouri."

I am watching "Popeye" the movie, and it's weird and mostly pretty endearing, but Shelly Duval started singing this song "He Needs Me" and I thought two things: its very nice! And also hey I've heard this before! Turns out I sorta had, in this song that I had on repeat for a week at one point: youtu.be/1biiKO_q_eM

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