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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)

“I was kind of a dumb kid, and this is going to sound kind of cheesy, but I wasn’t really able to find myself until I started working at the Dube. I started working with all these amazing, strong, empowered women, and they had the biggest impact on me.”

The cool weather makes me think about my favorite diner, my spot for almost a decade, closed down the same week I left Columbus just over a year ago.

"You either walk in and get that feeling of, ‘I’m really comfortable here,’ or you don’t... And the people who walk in and get that feeling keep coming back, and they stay forever.”

As a result of this I am also going to start stylizing NYCHA as N*Ycha from now on.

I have been so focused on the New York government and nonprofit scene the last year that I saw the letters "NSYNC" in a post and immediately started trying to figure out which city agency it was.

selfie, eye contact 

Today at the park 

Today at the park 

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Annihilation is a happy movie. please keep that in mind if you're gonna send me recs

I guess only me and this egret decided to hang out in the rain today.

Looks like I'm brushing my teeth at the kitchen sink again.

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"religious, but not spiritual" is my new term for any technological solutionism

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At work when we talk about building out newer programs, I've started reminding people that if they say "we should spend more time / money / staff on my program" they're also usually inadvertently saying "we should spend less time / money / staff on someone else's program." It's not always true, but it does help structure conversations about strategy for resource allocation.

"Nathan for You" is a great show, but I can only watch a tiny bit of it at a time out of second-hand embarrassment.

An older man on the train is wearing a hat with the words "Economical and Efficient Single-Payer Healthcare" embroidered on it. Nothing else, no logos or explanation. I'm into this possible new fashion trend.

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i don't understand any of the words on this website, simply if i see one that i think is funny i laugh at it as though with the pure mind of an infant

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