Welcome to “Man POWER Monday”

I don’t believe there are enough positive images of Black men out there in the universe. So, I have decided to do my part and make Mondays “Man POWER Monday” on SouthernmomJD. Each Monday SouthernmomJD will highlight at least one Black man that absolutely rocks! Without further ado, the first Black man to be featured […]

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Beware of the “Rush to Judgment” Mindset

In 1984 Jennifer Thompson, a white woman, was brutally raped by a black man that forced his way into her apartment while she was asleep. The rapist did not conceal his identity and did not “rape and run”. In fact, Jennifer Thompson talked to, and clearly saw, her rapist during this night of terror. Thompson […]

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Kavanaugh Should Not Be Destroyed by an Allegation from his Teenage Years

I do not believe Brett Kavanaugh should be stripped of an opportunity to be a United States Supreme Court Justice because of an allegation of sexual assault that occurred when he was a teenager. I shudder as I think of the lives that have been destroyed because of false allegations. Thinking of these lives stops […]

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I Still LOVE to Read, Do You?

I love to read! I have books scattered throughout my house, as well as, downloaded on my iPad. Just like my music choices, I do not limit myself to one genre when I am devouring words on a page. My mood dictates what I read, and, whether or not I want to read the old fashioned […]

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We ARE NOT Burning Any Nikes In Our House, We Support Nike!

Gabby asked me last night what the big deal was with Colin Kaepernick when she saw me reading an article about the recent Nike ad. Quickly I explained that he was a former football player that kneeled during the National Anthem as a way of protesting against social injustice. And, he basically lost his job […]

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Tonza D. Ruffin

I am a single mother, daughter, and attorney living in Bertie County, a small town in Eastern North Carolina. Growing up I moved back and forth between the Bronx and Bertie County,  so my personality is a little bit city and a little bit country (although I prefer the term southern). After being back in […]

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I Represent Killer’s That The Village Has Failed

I represent people that kill people. Some of the killers that I represent have not even reached the age of twenty. They are children. People constantly ask me,  “how could you represent people like that?” My question is, “how could I not?” By the time a killer has been placed in my care, the fact […]

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How Many More Massacres Must Occur Before We Get Gun Control

On February 14, 2018 when most of us were focused on LOVE, a 19 year old, armed with an assault rifle, went into a school and murdered 17 people. In the year prior to this horrific act, the 19 year old purchased, at least, nine other guns for his “gun collection”. In the days and […]

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What are your thoughts on Capital Punishment?

Hi everyone! I know I haven’t posted in a while. My apologies. I really have missed blogging. Lately it seems that all of my energy has been consumed between mommy duties and practicing law. I will share some of my mommy duty stories with you later. I promise! But, today, I woke up wanting to […]

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Presumption of Ignorance

Stunned at the depth of unprofessionalism, I sat there and listened as questions about my personal life were raised in the name of addressing any potential conflicts that I had with existing clients.  Looking at the court reporter summoned to this meeting, I felt my emotion leave my body as I geared up to play […]

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