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Urban Youth Impact

by Sherri L. Renner, J.D. Last updated March 2021. Originally published January 2015. Sometime back in 2007, I was driving somewhere in Palm Beach County, Florida, with the radio on when I heard it again: a public service announcement from Urban Youth Impact about some event the organization would be holding. It caught my attention […]

Neuroscience Behind Financial Scams

Neuroscience Behind Financial Scams by Sherri L. Renner, J.D. Families often find themselves handling the aftermath of scams which target and victimize senior family members.  Through its Elder Justice Initiative, the Department of Justice combats financial fraud targeted at seniors.  In this webinar, the Department of Justice helps answer the question, Why do seniors seem […]

Family Law Attorney Discusses Legal Abuse

Family Law Attorney Discusses Legal Abuse by Sherri L. Renner, J.D. “The difference is in the intentions and the motives of the party that is perpetrating what we are calling abuse.” In this third video of our four-video series on Legal Abuse as an Extension of Domestic Abuse, veteran family law attorney Victoria Vilchez discusses […]

Writing While Stressed

by Sherri L. Renner, J.D. July 29, 2020 “Do the thing you fear, and the death of fear is certain.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson A member of our Pro Se Support group on Facebook recently took some steps toward achieving greater protection of her children. Those steps included drafting some papers that she will file with […]

Legal Abuse from a Clinical Perspective

“Courtrooms are the perfect platforms for abusers to maintain contact with their victims,” reports Sandra Brown, MA, CEO of the Institute for Relational Harm Reduction and Public Pathology Education. In this video, which is the second in a series of four, Ms. Brown shares her professional insights into how and why legal abuse is an […]

“Legal Abuse” Introduction

by Sherri L. Renner, J.D. October 2014; updated March 2015 Legal abuse can be an unexpected and sometimes tragic extension of domestic or intimate partner abuse. It is important for everyone in the family courts to understand, including litigants, judges, and evaluative professionals. This is the first of a four-video series. In October 2014, we […]

Pro Se Litigant in Action

Palm Beach County Historic Courthouse

Pro Se Litigant in Action by Sherri L. Renner, J.D. Original publication date: Sept. 20, 2012 Witnessing a Pro Se Litigant in Action I just finished up at a hearing in court. While I was sitting in the courtroom waiting for my case to be called, I observed another motion hearing. The motion heard just […]

The Trial by Franz Kafka

Kafka's The Trial cover art

Kafka’s The Trial by Sherri L. Renner, J.D. “Someone must have slandered Josef K., for one morning, without having done anything wrong, he was arrested.” -F. Kafka Franz Kafka’s The Trial is a surreal expression of angst and an unforgiving commentary on the law and the too-powerful people who administer it. The protagonist, Josef K., is […]

Justice has a Name: Marshall

Table of Contents US Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall Originally published Oct. 15, 2018. Updated June 13, 2019. Introduction Before being appointed by President Lyndon Johnson in 1967 to the bench of the Supreme Court of the United States and becoming the first African-American Justice, Thurgood Marshall hammered out an epically distinguished legal career and […]

Should I Convince the Judge my Ex is a Narcissist?

Question I just listened to your interview posted from the WNAAD event. Thank you. It seems you suggest that litigants shouldn’t draw attention to the cluster b disorder, but bring up behavior facts. I understand that now, and although I have never called him any names or referred to him in public or even among […]