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Paula B. Mays
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I am a Trademark Attorney by trade, formerly with the United States and Patent and Trademark Office. I am presently looking for a new position or trying to start a private law practice. I was born in Washington D.C. I love the southern country of Spain very much and am considering moving there, while of course remaining a U.S. citizen.

Entries by Paula B. Mays

Ending Radicalization and Extremism

(4) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 7:50 AM

Once again, we are all shocked by the senseless slaughter of human beings, as took place on Wednesday in Paris. In the now familiar refrain of our age, extremists in the name of Islam took it upon themselves to shoot the editor and employees of a satirical cartoon, Charlie Hebdo....

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Preserving the Spirit of the Voting Rights Act

(6) Comments | Posted July 2, 2013 | 10:49 AM

"The Arc of the Moral Universe is Long but it bends towards justice. "
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's dissent in Shelby, Alabama v. Holder -- citing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In striking the formula basis for preclearance under Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and...

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Facing the Scarlett O'Hara Syndrome

(23) Comments | Posted June 26, 2013 | 10:33 AM

Considering I'm always on a diet, I could never eat all that butter Paula Deen serves, but at least I thought she was interesting and entertaining. Besides, I have southern roots, my mother being from Macon, Georgia, so I'm not unfamiliar with the southern cooking. Ms. Deen, however, seems to...

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Witnessing 9/11

(5) Comments | Posted September 7, 2011 | 12:31 PM

We will experience commemorations throughout this week, as remember 9/11 and its victims of that awful day. I wanted to give my impression as a U.S. citizen and resident but a witness to 9/11 from a foreign land.

I left the country on September 8, 2011 for a trip to...

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The Strauss-Kahn Case Raises Interesting Issues

(51) Comments | Posted May 18, 2011 | 5:27 PM

The arrest of the IMF head on assault charges of a maid in a New York hotel brings to light some very interesting issues. First of all, the maid was apparently black, and just yesterday a psychologist from the London School of Economics said that black women were...

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The Philosophy of Non-Violence: Adoption of a Doctrine of Peace

(11) Comments | Posted January 18, 2011 | 4:58 PM

Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time: the need for man to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge,aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is...

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Round Up and Slaughter Wyoming's Response to Too Many Horses

(72) Comments | Posted September 23, 2010 | 4:30 PM

When I think of horses, I think of my alma mater, Saint Timothy's school in the suburbs of Baltimore Maryland. One of the most memorable sights from my high school days was that of my fellow classmates preparing for horse shows, braiding their beautiful horses and donning their riding outfits...

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Oberon and the Interference of the Dream

(34) Comments | Posted September 13, 2010 | 12:43 PM

"When thou wakest, it is thy dear:/ Wake when some vile thing is near." Act 2, Scene 2, lines 33-34 A Midnight Summer Night's Dream -- William Shakespeare


"When the architects of our Republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were...

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Why Does the Rhetoric Have To Be So Outrageous?

(45) Comments | Posted August 12, 2010 | 3:48 PM

Ok, I'm sure we're not the first to have contentious elections and fighting between parties. It's an historical fact that there have been some great party battles in the past, the Lincoln-Douglas debates for example. And it's true too that each generation always thinks that what is occurring in their...

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A Boil on the Neck of Prosperity

(39) Comments | Posted July 27, 2010 | 5:20 PM

Unemployment is a boil on the neck of prosperity and economic recovery in America and we must do more than lance it -- we must cure it. There is constant debate as to the cause of the current unemployment/economic crisis in America. Numerous theories are espoused -- everything from blaming...

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Is the Denial of Health Insurance Claims a Violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment?

(34) Comments | Posted October 13, 2009 | 4:29 PM

Let me start off by saying, I intend to be provocative here and intend to gather opinions on the legality of denying health insurance and health care treatment to a portion of the U.S. population.

The recent health care proposal reforms have provided the opportunity for many Americans to bear...

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A Teachable Moment

(6) Comments | Posted July 25, 2009 | 3:55 PM

Dominating the news this lazy July week of summer was the arrest of the prominent Harvard Professor, Henry Louis Gates. Professor Gates teaches undergraduate and graduate courses as the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and as Professor of English at Harvard.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Louis_Gates

Although there have been varying accounts of the...

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President Obama Should Consider Increasing Number of Supreme Court Justices

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2009 | 8:36 PM

The nomination of Judge Sotomayor to the Supreme Court of the United States represents another milestone in the historic ascendancy of President Barack Obama. If confirmed, she will be the first person of Puerto Rican, Hispanic heritage to don the hallowed robes of the U.S. most august court.

This is...

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Bread for the World Leader Calls for New Obama Cabinet Level Agency to End World Hunger

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2009 | 12:22 PM

I have written before about interesting Sunday Forums at the Washington National Cathedral and last week´s Forum was no exception. The Forums are held virtually each week at the National Cathedral and feature Cathedral Dean Samuel T. Lloyd III in conversation with various persons of note about a variety of...

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A "Stimulating" Evening Attending an Economic Recovery House Event

(3) Comments | Posted February 12, 2009 | 9:49 AM

President Obama has asked citizens to continue grassroots efforts which were successful in the campaign to help pass his proposed economic stimulus package. The package which is estimated to be between 700 and 800 billion dollars is supposed to stimulate the economy, put people back to work, and preclude a...

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Who Are These Invisibles? Living Up to the Truth of the War in Iraq

(3) Comments | Posted January 12, 2009 | 10:36 AM

Accountability and healing seem to be natural outcomes and processes that America must go through after these last eight years. These themes are all encompassing and a major part of it focuses on the war in Iraq. The issue of torture is forefront today, and the premier query, is whether...

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Calling for a New Era of Civil Rights Enforcement

(2) Comments | Posted December 31, 2008 | 11:21 AM

One great hope I have in 2009 is that the Civil Rights laws, for which so many people fought and died for, will again be taken seriously and enforced, and that there will be accountability for those who violate those laws. This to me, this is one of the unspoken,...

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Ebenezer Scrooge - Hope, Redemption and the 2008 Election

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2008 | 12:38 PM

One of the most hopeful messages many of us took away from the 2008 election of Barack Obama, is the message of hope and redemption. We are hopeful in restoration of the basic beliefs, principles and democratic ideals enumerated in our great Constitution and Bill of Rights. The election of...

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Mr. Terrorist... Don't Be Doin That

(4) Comments | Posted November 25, 2008 | 4:52 PM

Mr. Terrorist,

Don't be Doing That

Recently, al Qaeda's No. 2 man, Ayman al- Zawahi, felt the need to distinguish President Elect Barack Obama from Malcom X, concluding that the new President is not representative of the militant black community, and thus not in solidarity with their, [al Qaeda's]...

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Campaign Journal: Reflections On These Final Days

(0) Comments | Posted November 2, 2008 | 8:12 PM

Amidst townhouses on streets lined with yellow and gold trees, a change of seasons clearly evident, I witnessed a row of Obama/Biden signs, here in Northern Virginia. Amongst the signs, was one leaning McCain/Palin sign. That seemed symbolic of the McCain campaign to me and the transitioning trees seemed to...

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