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Understanding the impact and how legal professionals can help

A rite of passage into adulthood can take many forms. In some traditions, it might be learning a prayer or important dance, or going off into the woods on a solo adventure/journey.

A more modern rite of passage for kids is going to the courthouse during their parents’ divorce proceedings to talk to judges about their living situations, about who does the majority of the parenting and about whom they feel the closest feelings of warmth and love.

The California Family Code’s Section 3042 is not unlike the code sections of many other states. As children get older, their voices begin to get louder. In California, children who are 14 years old have the right to address the court, while the court may elect to hear from children younger than 14. Other states use the language “sufficient age and capacity to reason” or something similar.

From Jude Egan

I remember

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Understanding the relevance of African customary law in modern times

African customary law is controversial. This is due to the dissonance between the past and present. The social settings in which Africans interact have changed over time. These changes have been characterised by a tense relationship between indigenous customs and statutory laws with colonial origins. Indigenous customs have communal, welfarist features, while statutory laws have industrial, individualistic features.

This dissonance is very evident in South Africa. The ethos of its formal legal order often conflicts with the values of indigenous customs. This has made the interaction of indigenous customs and statutory laws problematic. Two examples arise in the areas of marriage and inheritance.

Unlike in the past when heirs inherited property along with a duty of care to the family, modern heirs are influenced by socioeconomic changes to inherit for themselves. Similarly, it was natural in precolonial South African societies for the family to be involved in marriage contracts. The

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Understanding the law-enforcement operation in Ethiopia

On November 4, 2020, the special force of the Tigray regional government attacked the Ethiopian National Defense Force, known as the Northern Command, in an attempt to rob the artilleries and other military equipment. The members of the National Defense Force have been stationed in Tigray to protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ethiopia. They were there supporting the community in harvesting and in controlling locust infestation. As a result, we all know that such a blatant act is an act of treason which will not be accepted by any sovereign state.

As Ethiopian descent Israeli, I follow the situations very closely, when the Federal government declared a state of emergency and embarked on an operation to enforce rule of law in the region. I am sad that the situation has reached this level. I realized that the Federal Government has attempted every possible political and legal means to

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Health Policy Brief: Understanding And Addressing Hate-Motivated Behavior

A new health policy brief from Health Affairs with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation explores the causes of and approaches to preventing hate-motivated behavior, a public health threat with structural, interpersonal, and individual repercussions. It is by Robert J. Cramer, from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and coauthors. This brief joins Health Affairs’ ongoing series of policy briefs on social determinants of health.

As public expressions of hate and white supremacist ideology have increasingly shifted from the fringes of society to the mainstream, stories about hate-motivated behavior have dominated news coverage in the last few years. In 2018, the Federal Bureau of Investigation recorded more than 7,000 hate crime incidents reported by law enforcement—a 30 percent increase from 2014. This brief defines the parameters of hate-based behavior and its threat to the health of the overall population and describes the toll it can take on the

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