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Same-Sex Marriage

The Law firm of Powell Law Group was happy to host the couple of Claudia Flores and Kimberly Cifuentes, for a wedding ceremony in our Midlothian office.

Our office has consistently sought justice for all segments of our community, and Wayne Powell was an early supporter of same-sex marriage when it became legalized in the United States in 2015 with the Supreme Court ruling of Obergefell v. Hodges. That same year, the firm hosted one of the first gay weddings in the Richmond area, the union of Eva Reyes and Wendy Villeda. Eva and Wendy went on to share their experience and referred Kimberly to the Powell Law Group when she and Claudia were seeking for someone to marry them.

The Civil Celebrate, Frederick Hodnett, is a long-time friend of Wayne Powell’s and they served together in the Army Reserves. He performed the Cifuentes/Flores ceremony on July 30, 2019 at 3PM.

Same Sex Marriage | Powell Law Group
Civil Celebrant | Powell Law Group

At Powell Law Group we think its important that the firm stands for the importance of equality, equitable treatment of all parts of our society and we are dedicated to the proposition that the government should not prevent those people who love each other to marry each other, regardless of their sexual orientation.

Thus, this week we celebrated the wedding of Ms. Cifuentes and Ms. Flores and we wish them many happy years together!

From Car Accident Victim To Inspired Career Path
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Meet Carl. He grew up in Detroit and is a single dad to a gorgeous and bright daughter.

Involved in a massive car accident, which took him years to recuperate from, he found life inspiration through his personal healing. Once he got better, Carl decided to go back to school as a path to find a desk job that could support his family. He chose to attend Strayer University and studied to become a Paralegal. Carl wants help people who find themselves in less than optimal life scenarios.

During his senior year, the school aligned internships for their students to gain valuable experience in their fields. Having been through the process of injury and restarting his life anew, an internship with a Personal Injury law firm made a lot of sense.

Carl came to Powell Law Group where he interned as a paralegal and practiced what he had learned in the classroom. He recently reached out to thank us for our support and shared this graduation picture. We are proud of Carl’s accomplishment and wish him the very best in his career!


If you or someone you love has been injured on the job or in an accident, please reach out to us. We provide free case reviews and decades of experience to get you what you deserve.

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Voting Day - Tuesday TED Talk: "There's No Such Thing As Not Voting" by Eric Liu
I would like to vote for the first time because things are changing for Hispanics. The border wall is nothing. It’s just a wall. The wall of shame is something. It’s very important to vote so we can break down this wall of shame. I have passion in my heart. Voting gives me a voice and power. I can stand up and do something.
— The Joy of Voting, a poem written by ESL students in Hartville, Ohio shared by Eric Liu

This weeks TED Talk is by Eric Liu in the spirit of today’s midterm elections in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Wayne Powell is a firm believer in democracy, and shares Eric Liu’s passion for civic engagement in your community. “As an attorney, you are the voice for someone in a courtroom, but as a leader in my community, I keep the same mentality about being a voice for the people. I have a unique perspective about the power of democracy with so many of my clients being naturalized citizens, passionate about their identity as Hispanic Americans, dedicated to work and family values that better their communities. They want to feel represented, and know their rights and the rights of their families are protected. Democracy is a gift, and we should continue to maintain and protect that.”

Inspired by Liu’s talk about the importance of democracy, the Powell Law Group encourages you to exercise your civic duty and vote TODAY in Virginia’s Midterm Election. Voting has always been important, but in today’s culture and political landscape, its crucial. Make sure you get to the polls and cast your vote!


Here are just a few quotes from Eric Liu’s talk:

Eric Liu | Vote | Powell Law Group
  • “All citizenship is local. When politics is about us and our neighbors and other people in our community coming together to create experiences of collective voice and imagination, we begin to remember that this is the stuff of self-government”

  • “Voting matters because it is a self-fulfilling act of belief. It feeds the spirit of mutual interest that makes any society thrive. When we vote, even if it is in anger, we are part of a collective, creative leap of faith. Voting helps us generate the very power that we wish we had.”

  • “We live in a time right now, divided, often very dark, where across the left and the right, there's a lot of talk of revolution and the need for revolution to disrupt everyday democracy. Well, here's the thing: everyday democracy already gives us a playbook for revolution.”


You can verify your polling location, see which candidates are on the ballot, and look up voter resources on the Virginia Department of Elections website.

Vote, Because “There is no such thing as not voting!”

TED Talk Tuesday: The Mothers Who Found Forgiveness, Friendship

Welcome to our next TED Talk Tuesday, a series of posts where Wayne Powell from the Powell Law Group in Virginia shares his favorite TED talks about the justice system, crime in America, democracy, the rule of law, and mass incarceration. TED is a nonprofit devoted to welcoming highly-trained professionals, educators, authors, researchers, and creative thinkers from every discipline and culture to spread innovative ideas to national and international conferences and lesson series.

In remembrance of the lives lost on this date 17 years ago, today’s TED Talk is a collaborative speech by Phyllis Rodriguez and Aicha el-Wafi at TEDWomen 2010.  Phyllis Rodriguez and Aicha el-Wafi have a powerful friendship born of unthinkable loss. Rodriguez' son was killed in the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001; el-Wafi's son Zacarias Moussaoui was convicted of a role in those attacks and is serving a life sentence. In hoping to find peace, these two moms have come to understand and respect one another. Their friendship has become a powerful symbol for forgiveness and their story has become a platform for the dialogue about national resilience.


You have to be generous, and your hearts must be generous, your mind must be generous. You must be tolerant. You have to fight against violence. And I hope that someday we’ll all live together in peace and respecting each other.
— Aicha el-Wafi

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The 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York City is a tribute of remembrance and honor to the 2,977 people killed in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center site, near Shanksville, Pa., and at the Pentagon, as well as the six people killed in the World Trade Center bombing in February 1993. The National September 11 Memorial Museum serves as the country’s principal institution for examining the implications of the events of 9/11, documenting the impact of those events and exploring the continuing significance of September 11, 2001. Please visit their website for more information and donation page.


Back To School: Supporting A Second Classroom in Midlothian

The Powell Law Group is excited to announce that this year, we’ll be sponsoring not one- BUT TWO CLASSROOMS in the Chesterfield County Public School system!

School supplies collected for Chesterfield Middle School

With most teachers spending an average of $479 of their own income on supplies for their students and classroom, we began helping a middle school classroom near us.  Thank you for all your amazing help! 

These supplies will be going to Ms. Wyatt's class this week to help her get ready for the first day of school, September 4th. Learn about our second classroom below!


Ms. Jordan Liesfeld, a first year Biology teacher at Midlothian High School

In addition to Ms. Wyatt from Robious Middle School, we will be sponsoring Ms. Jordan Liesfeld, a first year Biology teacher at Midlothian High School! Ms. Liesfeld graduated from Randolph-Macon College with a major in biology and a minor in secondary education.

The Powell Law Group is excited to be partnering with both of these talented new educators in preparing their students for a successful school year. As a high school teacher, Ms. Liesfeld has different needs for her classroom than what we’ve listed for the middle school classroom we’re sponsoring. She will be helping students understand concepts like the scientific method, cells, photosynthesis, and ecology through hands on lessons and labs!

High school is when you can really start to follow your own passions, taking the classes that you want and exploring the world outside of your school. Whether it is what work you’ll do or what you’ll study in college, high school is a really important time to expose you to the ideas and information that spark that kind of interest. I hope that in sponsoring her classroom, we can continue to provide Ms. Liesfeld with all the resources and support she needs to help her students prepare for their future.
— Wayne Powell

How can I help?

Midlothian High School

1. Donate supplies from the comfort of your own home through our Amazon Wish List

2. You can bring unused loose-leaf paper, pens, pencils, latex free gloves, highlighters, folders, sharpies, paper towels, index cards, sticky notes, staples, and tape  to our office at 14407 Justice Road Midlothian VA 23113 and drop them in our donation box in the lobby.

3. You can also mail or drop off gift cards to the following places: Kroger, Office Max, Walmart, Target, Amazon.

Our school supply drive is only the beginning- we’ll be sharing updates from Ms. Liesfield’s classroom and activities throughout the school year, so there will be additional opportunities to donate again. We understand that teachers’ needs and students’ needs change as the year goes on- so we’re here all year!

It's not too late to help us give these teachers a great kick-off to their teaching careers. Every supply will help these teachers have a successful year in the Chesterfield County School District! 

 

Powell Law Group Sponsors a School Supply Drive
Ms. Wyatt

Ms. Wyatt

Did you know that most teachers spend an average of $479 of their own income on supplies for their students and classroom?

The Powell Law Group is excited to announce that this year, we’ll be sponsoring a classroom in the Chesterfield County Public School system!  We will be sponsoring Ms. Madeline Wyatt, a second year Latin teacher at Robious Middle School! Ms. Wyatt graduated from Randolph-Macon College with majors in both Latin and Classics and minors in Secondary Education and Archeology.

How can you help?

1. Donate supplies from the comfort of your own home through our Amazon Wish List

2. Drop off unused loose-leaf paper, colored construction paper, dry erase markers and erasers, pens, and pencils to our office at 14407 Justice Road Midlothian VA 23113 and drop them in our donation box in the lobby.

3. Mail or drop off gift cards from the following places: Kroger, Office Max, Walmart, Target, Amazon.


We wanted to sponsor a classroom because we understand that parents and teachers alike are required to buy lots of supplies for their classes, and the cost adds up. I am a product of a public-school education, and I’m a father and grandfather. My staff is made up of moms and dads too, and we all agree that the only thing a teacher should have to worry about is being a great educator and a great role model. We see it as a small investment in a classroom for a big investment in the future of education and the future of our Chesterfield County Public Schools
— Wayne Powell

Powell School Supply Drive

Educators dedicate their lives to helping children and young adults grow, learn, and reach their full potential as thinkers and as people. At the Powell Law Group, we want the teachers in our community to know that the time and money they spend giving our students the best education, the best activities, and the best support to help them succeed, matters to us. Setting up a teacher for a year of success is helping set up a child for a lifetime of success.

Our school supply drive is only the beginning- we’ll be sharing updates from Ms. Wyatt’s classroom and activities throughout the school year, so there will be additional opportunities to donate again. We understand that teacher and student needs change as the year goes on- so we’re here to help all year!