Circle City News: Interviews Meredith Hill from The Hill Law Group

The Law Office of Mark Nicholson brings you another episode of the Circle City News. Today we had the honor of talking to Mark’s long-time colleague and friend, Meredith Hill, of The Hill Law Group in Maryland. Meredith discusses her transition from criminal defense to estate law.

Attorney Hill also shares advice to people interested in becoming attorneys. Family and Employment Law Attorney Deidra Haynes offered advice via Facebook Live chat.

If you or someone you know needs an estate lawyer, please reach out to Meredith Hill at 301-244-9040. If you’re looking for more information, you can contact her through her website at www.thehilllawgroup.com or find her on social media @thehilllawgroup 

Attorney Meredith Hill
Attorney Meredith Hill

Thank you to our sponsor Attorney Mark Nicholson of the Law Office of Mark Nicholson for making this podcast possible. Listen or watch us on Facebook, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, and other places that play fine podcasts. Or visit our blog at CircleCityNews.org.

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Paralegals Needed

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The Law Office of Mark Nicholson is Hiring!

Paralegal for a Winning Criminal Defense and Personal Injury Law Firm

Apply here.

Work Responsibilities

You will be responsible for having frequent interactions with clients and the opposing party. You will work closely with attorneys, keeping cases up to date, the attorney’s calendar current, and helping prepare documents. You will be responsible for: answering client questions, communicating with opposing parties, the courts, providing updates to clients, drafting documents, ordering medical records, and updating and organizing client files.

Work Criminal Defense and Plaintiff Personal Injury

You must have strong communication skills and should be comfortable working on criminal defense and personal injury cases. The type of cases will include clients accused of drug crimes, violent crimes, and sex crimes. If the thought of interacting with someone charged with certain crimes (or viewing violent crime scene photos) makes you feel uncomfortable, then you may not want to apply.

Work Environment

It is fast-paced and you should expect to hit the ground running. You should have knowledge and experience in drafting basic motions (appearances, motion to continue, subpoenas, complaints, etc.).

We work hard but like to have fun. If you have a sense of humor that is a positive for our work environment. Additionally, if are interested in movies (especially superhero movies) and books (especially comic books) that is a plus.

Work Experience

You must have at least 2 years of paralegal or legal experience in at least one or more of the following: civil (personal injury), criminal, or family law.

You must submit a resume and include links to at least one of your social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.)

Work Hours:

Hours are flexible but your core hours are 9 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday

Work Assessment

Only the serious and passionate need to apply. Therefore, before we interview you there is an online Paralegal Personality and Skills Assessment you need to complete. If you apply you will be sent a link to take the assessment.

Work Expectations:

  • Research and writing
  • Drafting documents
  • Treat clients/potential clients with respect
  • Transcribe and proofread legal documents
  • File, organize, scan, and copy documents
  • Jail/Prison visits
  • Attend court hearings with the attorney
  • Assist attorney during trials
  • Working with more than one attorney

Work Skills:

  • Familiarity with Microsoft Word and MS Office
  • Familiarity with filing e-filing documents
  • Familiarity with LexisNexis and/or Westlaw
  • Familiarity with case management software (Mycase.com)
  • Ability to type with accuracy and speed
  • Able to effectively prioritize and meet deadlines
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong sense of discretion
  • Able to work as a team with attorneys, paralegals, and clients

Benefits:

  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Dental insurance
  • 401(k)
  • Vision insurance
  • Flexible schedule
  • 401(k) matching
  • Retirement plan
  • Employee discount
  • Parental leave
  • Professional development assistance

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $15.00 – $25.00 per hour

COVID-19 considerations:
We are taking COVID-19 precautions. Currently, we require the wearing of masks in the office and social distance. Also, we may require working from home temporarily.

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Circle City News: Last Week’s Podcast

Circle City News

Good morning Indiana! Last week, Circle City News Podcast ran into a technical weather difficulty. We want to urge everyone to remain safe and careful driving on hazardous roads, and know that if we can’t all be there for you in audio, you can count on us to find alternative routes to deliver you your Saturday news cast round up. We want to thank our sponsor, The Battery Man, Mark Nicholson of the Law Office of Mark Nicholson, for running this podcast. 

On the international news front, tension continues to run high between Ukraine and Russian forces. Yesterday’s reports show the Russian military currently encircling at least 4 major Ukrainian cities. British intelligence updates us that Russia is increasing deployed forces to key cities, ie. not leading up in their fight for Ukraine ownership. We stand firmly against tyranny and pray for peace.

Grand corporations band together to support LGBTQ+ persons as USA southern states pass laws that jeopardize the safety of trans and non heterosexual youth. Apple’s Tim Cook, a member of the community, and Walt Disney’s Bob Chapek show public disappointment in Florida’s recent “Don’t Say Gay” bill. The two have paid for continual ads to run in Texas in support of the community. The state of Texas appealed its own judge to bureaucratically oppress a 16-year-old girl and her family. A 16 year old trans girl and her family are now being charged by the state of child abuse and endangerment for providing their own child with gender affirming treatments and medicine. Almost like the government thrives off of keeping marginalized, disempowered peoples marginalized and disempowered. Oh, why don’t you just go secede already? Google, Microsoft and Facebook are all in public alliance with LGBTQ+ youth. Hey Texas, when the corporations are behaving more civil than you are, find God. 

On the local Indiana scene, we celebrate the community and history as we celebrate The Indianapolis Recorder’s 127th birthday. Since 1895, the Indianapolis Recorder has been an African American owned and operated news source. The news station has a longstanding legacy and reputation for reporting the truth. The news station celebrated their journey reporting history in Indiana. Withstanding hate, threats, and yet never deterred off the path of being a voice for the voiceless. Thank you to The Indianapolis Recorder for being there for your city and your people. You are a staple of the community!

Thank you to our sponsor Attorney Mark Nicholson of the Law Office of Mark Nicholson for making this podcast possible. Listen or watch us on Facebook, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, and other places that play fine podcasts. Or visit our blog at CircleCityNews.org.

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The Controversial Topic of Raceplay

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Raceplay in the Age of Racism

Throughout my years of writing, I’ve covered just about every topic under the sun. The topics are delicate, spicy, erotic, and sometimes controversial. 

The topic of raceplay is no different. If you’ve never been opened up to the world of raceplay, in short, it’s a form of roleplay that focuses on the color or race of each person involved. Raceplay can vary from subtle racial slurs to intense slave play. Remember, controversial topic. 

The key to successful raceplay is to be sure that it’s consensual on both sides. It’s a strong possibility that your partner would be surprised if you started calling out racial slurs in the middle of sex. It’s something that you need to discuss before you start, and set clear boundaries on what you’re both comfortable with. 

RACISM AND RACEPLAY

The topic of raceplay is so controversial because it bases itself on racism and racial discrimination stereotypes. 

To be very clear, just because you’re into raceplay, does not mean that you have racist tendencies. 

I could easily compare this to rape play (a.k.a. consensual forced sex)- just because it gets me excited, it doesn’t mean that I want to be raped in reality. It’s very possible to keep your bedroom fantasies separate from your real life. It’s simply a kink. 

I’m a firm believer that what you do in the bedroom is no one’s business but your own, as long as it’s consensual. Nobody else is to say what sexual fantasies you should or shouldn’t play out. Many people intrigued by raceplay are afraid to speak out about it in fear of being judged or ridiculed, but raceplay can be perfected with mutual respect from both you and your partner. 

SEXUAL PREJUDICE DISCRIMINATION

I was first introduced to raceplay when I was dating a Black man. I had my first raceplay roleplay with him. To learn more about raceplay for this article, I took to the internet to explore the topic and create a guide on how to get started. The most effective research is firsthand experience, so the closest thing I found to that was a website called blackpayback.com. It’s an interracial porn site that focuses on only white women being used by Black men. 

If you’re still on the line of knowing if raceplay is for you, start with a few videos and see how you feel. Or visit reddit.com, or Fetlife.com.  and there raceplay groups. If it totally captivates you, you can have more security going into raceplay in real life. 

Most people have sexual fantasies and are too nervous to share them. Just do it! You could find that your partner is completely open and ready to try the same things you are. The more you dwell on the discussion, the more time you waste having sex that bores you. 

An easy opening to this sometimes difficult conversation is pulling up your favorite porn to watch with your partner. Engage in what you’re watching together and try something new. Dive into raceplay by using racial slurs and see where it takes you from there. 

Raceplay can be degrading or nurturing, but the core comes from using racial stereotypes to get you excited. One thing I’m passionate about in any type of sexual activity is the use of a safeword. This could make or break your experience with raceplay. 

SAFEWORDS

Safewords can be used during any kind of roleplay to sound the alarm that you’re uncomfortable without breaking up the action. If you’re being rough and like to scream, you can still do that without having your partner worrying if it’s real or part of the act. 

Here’s what I’ll leave you with- raceplay is not for everyone. Some people, especially people of color, might be downright offended that it even exists. But if it’s something that you think could add a little fun to your routine bedroom activities, start small, and try something new! 

By: Jill Hills, Sexpert

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Circle City News, episode 17: Ukraine and Russia, Indiana Open Carry and The Batman

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Good morning Indiana and welcome back to the Circle City News podcast!

Happy National Women’s History month to all! This is a great time to reflect on the courage women displayed in past and present generations and to just give an extra appreciation for the women in your lives.

We talked about the new bill passed by the Indiana House of Representatives regarding the legalization of open carry a gun without a permit. We also delved more into the current Ukraine and Russia war and about its effects on the United States. The Attorney General of Indiana believes TikTok is “grooming” children.

We’re very thankful for our sponsor, The Law Office of Mark Nicholson! In this episode, Mark joined us in our conversation, sharing his take on the Indiana legislation from the perspective of law enforcement, and talked about the newly released Batman movie.

We ended off with a tarot card reading and some words of wisdom from Neveah, as she pulled the Ten of Cups. This card is symbolic of family and togetherness and serves as a reminder to yourself that love surrounds you. Check out her services to fulfill your spiritual needs here:

www.facebook.com/simplytarotwithbee

Thank you to our sponsor Attorney Mark Nicholson of the Law Office of Mark Nicholson for making this podcast possible. Listen or watch us on Facebook, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, and other places that play fine podcasts. Or visit our blog at CircleCityNews.org.

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Circle City News, episode 16: Ukraine and Russia at War, Florida Don’t Say Gay

Good morning Indiana! Happy Saturday and welcome back to another episode sponsored in part by The Law Office of Mark Nicholson. 

Today Madison and Neveah discuss the Ukraine and Russia on the brink of war. We dive into the history of the why and think about the what is next about this issue. With a week of hard news, we also digress about the new bill passed in Florida concerning the “don’t say gay” initiative.

We hope and pray for brighter days. Thanks to all of our listeners and viewers who support the Circle City News Podcast. Many blessings to you Indiana! We look forward to seeing you next week!

Thank you to our sponsor Attorney Mark Nicholson of the Law Office of Mark Nicholson for making this podcast possible. Listen or watch us on Facebook, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, and other places that play fine podcasts. Or visit our blog at CircleCityNews.org.

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Circle City News, ep. 13: Interviews Caitlin Dostal from Deadstock Vintage

Good morning Indiana! Welcome back to Circle City News Podcast. LOCAL THRIFT ALERT. Today we interviewed Fort Wayne’s young businesswoman, Caitlin Dostal. Caitlin and kin are opening DEADSTOCK Vintage record store/vintage market at the old infamous Wildwood Liquor Store location on broadway street in Fort Wayne.

Caitlin dives deep in her process, switching from her online platform to opening up a storefront. Locals please check out her one of a kind store opening Tuesday! Please contact her below.

@caitlin.dostal

@issaconthemove  

https://www.instagram.com/deadstockvintagefw/ 

In news, Indiana registers National Guard troops to guide drivers through hazardous road conditions. Fountain Square Neighborhood Association raises 24k in 20 days to revamp over 1000 feet of sidewalks.

Also, don’t forget to check out the Beijing Winter Olympics streaming live at nbcolympics.com. 

Support our team! Our co-host, Neveah Chanel, is competing for Inked Magazine’s CoverGirl model. She is currently in the top 10! Show her some love and submit your vote each day through the link below. https://cover.inkedmag.com/2022/neveah-chanel

Thank you to our sponsor Attorney Mark Nicholson of the Law Office of Mark Nicholson for making this podcast possible. Listen or watch us on YouTube, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, and other places that play fine podcasts. Or visit our blog at CircleCityNews.org.

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Circle City News, episode 12: The Bills in Indiana?

The Bills in Indiana?

Happy Saturday Indiana! Welcome back to another episode of the Circle City News Podcast.Today we discuss Sharon Clark’s local charity, Aspire House, and their expansion of community centers via the redevelopment of historical buildings in local Indy.

We have an in-depth conversation about three separate bills that passed through in Indiana: House Bill 1041 that stigmatizes and outcast trans kids in schools and extracurriculars, Bill 1079 where lawmakers open conversation about the definition of consent and the age around it and finally, the Educational Bill which restricts education and schools being unable to provide services for mental health issues without parental consent. Keep moving forward Indiana, regression is the only thing to fear!

National: Andy Parker story- Virginia man running for Congress on gun safety issues. His daughter, Alison Parker, was shot on live TV reporting the news.

A moment of silence for our fellow peace activist, Vietnam’s Thich Nhat Hanh who passed away last week at the age of 95.

Thank you to all of you who strive for goodness and bring the light! See you next week Indie, ‘til then Thank you to our sponsor Attorney Mark Nicholson of the Law Office of Mark Nicholson for making this podcast possible. Listen or watch us on Youtube, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, and other places that play fine podcasts. Or visit our blog at CircleCityNews.org.

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Circle City News, ep. 11: Attorney Deidra Haynes

Family Law Attorney Deidra Haynes

Welcome back to the Circle City News podcast. We hope everyone has been doing well and staying healthy! This morning, we had the pleasure of talking to Attorney Deidra Haynes, at The Law Office of Deidra N. Haynes. We discussed her connection to our very own, Mark Nicholson, and her path to becoming an attorney, and the story behind family law.

Check out her services and more information about Deidra here: https://www.dnhlawllc.com/ Special thanks to Deidra for coming on today and sharing her experiences.

In the news segment, we covered a variety of topics, from global events involving a potential Ukraine invasion by Russia to new bills in Indiana and Amazon opening its first clothing store. Tune in to hear our thoughts on everything and have a great rest of your weekend! Thank you Edie for coming on again and sharing more about your story and business. For information regarding Edie’s business and products, check out: https://www.facebook.com/BlackCatConfections1

Thank you to our sponsor Attorney Mark Nicholson of the Law Office of Mark Nicholson for making this podcast possible. Listen or watch us on Youtube, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, and other places that play fine podcasts. Or visit our blog at CircleCityNews.org.

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Vote for Neveah Chanel for 2022 Inked Mag Cover Girl

Please vote for Neveah Chanel to become the 2022 cover girl for Inked Magazine. She came in 2nd place for Maxim magazine’s cover girl last year. Help her win first place this year for Inked Magazine.

You can watch a video of her here or click the link below to vote for her here.

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