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Hastings Women’s Law Journal

Authors

Mae C. Quinn

Abstract

In this essay, the author describes a childhood and young adulthood shaped by her relationship with her father, a damaged man turned abuser. Ultimately gaining independence and a relative measure of safety after graduating from law school, the author finds herself drawn towards work as a public defender. By learning to advocate for her violent clients without accepting their behavior, the author begins to make peace with her father.

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