Freestate Justice

2018 Week 2: Government and Policy

NICOLE KIKER | FREESTATE JUSTICE This week was better than last week. I’m starting to receive more complicated and ongoing assignments, and assignments that I can tell are more important to the success of FreeState Justice. I’ve started learning about writing grant reports and grant proposals, which feels like a…
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2018 Week 1: Government and Policy

SAM SCHATMEYER | CITY COUNCILPERSON ZEKE COHEN It seems like a small thing, but it’s been tricky for me to enter into the professional world – this is my first career-centered job. I like to think of myself as a social person who’s good at networking within social spaces, but…
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2018 Orientation: Government and Policy

SAM SCHATMEYER | CITY COUNCILPERSON ZEKE COHEN After each day of orientation, and especially the opening panel, I thought a lot about the philosophy of the non-profit sector. Councilperson Dorsey (not a part of the first panel, but bear with me) had an anecdote about babies flowing down this river…
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2017 Week Six: Criminal Justice & Government Agencies

ANTHONY BOUTROS | FREESTATE JUSTICE Despair or falling in love? The Beyoncé rule? The first annual FreeState Justice game night extravaganza! Waking up at 8:00 a.m. to catch an 8:30 a.m. public bus just so I can walk four blocks in the smoldering temperatures of a Baltimore summer heat wave…
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2017 Week Three: Criminal Justice & Government Agencies

ANTHONY BOUTROS | FREESTATE JUSTICE Senator VanHollen. Mayor Pugh. City Council Members. Maryland State Delegates. Me? I walked into Senator VanHollen’s Central Baltimore Office for its grand opening wearing a suit with a red tie my boss had kindly let me borrow. The exuberant staff welcomed me and gave me…
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2017 Week Two: Criminal Justice & Government Agencies

ANTHONY BOUTROS | FREESTATE JUSTICE – WEEK 2 Midnight irony! I entered the emergency room, my hand gripping the lower right quadrant of my abdomen. I looked around the crowded room filled with loud grunts and the subdued sobs of people accustomed to their pain. Suddenly, their groans and faces…
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2017 Week One: Criminal Justice & Government Agencies

ANTHONY BOUTROS | FREESTATE JUSTICE Towering buildings merged with an endless green landscape on the horizon each time I looked out of my office window. The air was still and quiet, interrupted solely by the buzzing of the printer in the adjacent copy room. There was a sense of peace…
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