Attend the University of Miami School of Law LL.M. Open House on Tuesday, May 13, 2014!

We look forward to you joining us on Tuesday, May 13th for an Open House where you will learn about University of Miami School of Law LL.M. programs.

  • Visit with directors, faculty and alumni to talk about latest program developments
  • Find out about full-time and part-time options
  • Hear about hybrid on campus and online options for select programs
  • Learn how select program size enables directors to develop a personalized course schedule and provide guidance on career options

This event takes place on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Morton’s Steakhouse, 1200   Brickell Ave, Miami, FL 33131.

For more info and free registration, please click here.

 

 

The Global Network of Women Peacebuilders Seeks Interns for the Period May – December 2014 (flexible – 6 months)

The intern will be required to track policy deliberations on the UNSCRs on Women, Peace and Security; post 2015 development agenda, CEDAW and other international laws, relevant to women and peace building.  

Deadline:         Open until filled 

Location:         New York 

Organization:   GNWP 

The Global Network of Women Peacebuilders seeks interns for the period May – December 2014 (flexible -6 months).

The Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP), an autonomous program of the International Civil Society Action Network, is a coalition of women’s groups and other civil society organizations from Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America, Eastern and Western Europe and West Asia—mostly in conflict-affected countries—that are actively involved in advocacy and action for the full and effective implementation of the Security Council resolutions on women and peace and security.

GNWP aims to bridge the gap between policy discussions and implementation and action on the ground on women and peace and security issues. To achieve this aim, GNWP engages in four programmatic areas: CapacityBuilding, Advocacy, Research and Institutional Strengthening. This programmatic focus includes various initiatives such as Civil Society Monitoring of the implementation of UNSCR 1325; Localization of UNSCR 1325 and 1820; Education and Advocacy on the CEDAW General Recommendation on Women in Conflict Prevention, Conflict and  Post-conflict Situations; 1325 Media Outreach; Multi-stakeholders Financing Mechanism for the implementation of UNSCR 1325 National Action Plans; Engagement with the Security Sector and Support to national action planning processes.

GNWP’s work focuses on the following objectives:

  • Enhancing women’s capacities to use legal mechanisms available at the international, regional and national levels in order to protect their rights and ensure their participation in decision-making, peace building, conflict prevention and reconstruction;
  • Enhancing capacity amongst civil society, especially women’s civil society, to conduct effective monitoring, mobilize and advocate for effective policy implementation;
  • Bringing visibility to women’s issues and concerns on peace and security and amplify their voices at the national, regional and global levels;
  • Supporting effective implementation of UNSCR 1325, 1820 and the supporting Women, Peace and Security resolutions, particularly at the national level;
  • Bolstering Member State (MS) and UN accountability in a range of ways/fora, including the UNSCR and 1325 anniversaries every October and Committee on the Status of Women (CSW) meetings. 

Description:

The internship is 70 per cent projects, 30 per cent organizational and administrative responsibilities. The intern will be required to:

  • Track policy deliberations on the UNSCRs on Women, Peace and Security; post-2015 development agenda, CEDAW and other international laws, relevant to women and peacebuilding;
  • Conduct project based research;
  • Assist in preparatory phases of country-level programs;
  • Assist in preparations for the anniversary of UNSCR 1325 in October;
  • Communicate with network members and assist these with preparing funding applications; research etc.;
  • Track developments on gender perspectives on global policies;
  • Prepare materials for and update specific sections of the website;
  • Actively engage on social media platforms where GNWP is active (twitter; facebook); and
  • Work in a supportive, inclusive atmosphere. All interns work as part of a multi-disciplinary team but are given substantial autonomy in the area that they have been assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Background/interest in public policy and advocacy, with a particular interest in moving global issues to national and community level; and amplifying the voices of grassroots women at the global level;
  • Knowledge of international policies (and discussions) that impact women, specifically UNSCRs 1325, 1820, 1888 and 1889, 1960, 2016, 2122; the post-2015 development agenda, CEDAW;
  • Excellent information and communication skills, with attention to evolving strategies that bring issues on women, peace and security to the public forum;
  • Stellar writing and research abilities;
  • A self-starter with the ability to keep deadlines and commitments;
  • French and/or Spanish language skills are helpful; and
  • A creative outlook, enthusiasm and a fresh perspective. 

Compensation:

GNWP will cover monthly metrocards and give small stipends whenever possible.

To apply please send cover letter, CV and short writing sample via email.

The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) PeaceWomen Program Offers a United Nations (UN) Security Council Monitor (SCM) Research Fellowship Through Their New York City UN Office

The fellow attends and monitors Security Council debates and related events, writes policy analysis, posts monitoring information on the website, and provides PeaceWomen staff with information allowing timely and relevant interventions or advocacy with UN Member States. 

Deadline:             April 25, 2014 

Location:             New York 

Organization:      PeaceWomen

The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) PeaceWomen Program offers a United Nations (UN) Security Council Monitor (SCM) Research Fellowship through their New York City UN office. This competitive unpaid fellowship is offered to graduate students or professionals interested in women, peace and security issues. A small travel stipend is included. The experience offers an opportunity to do analysis, research and write about women, peace and conflict issues and gain experience with grassroots communications and non-governmental organization management in the context of the United Nations.

The SCM Research Fellow is the project lead for PeaceWomen’s Security Council Monitor project, which provides comprehensive and up to date information on all Security Council debates and other action addressing issues of Women Peace and Security. The fellow attends and monitors Security Council debates and related events, writes policy analysis, posts monitoring information on the website, and provides PeaceWomen staff with information allowing timely and relevant interventions or advocacy with UN Member States. The fellow collects monitoring information about the Council including on upcoming missions and countries on the Council’s agenda with particular focus on countries where there are peace support operations. They participate in PeaceWomen’s Women Peace and Security lecture series and have access to related events and policy discussions through the UN and civil society community.

Fellows should be highly self-motivated and well-organized; work well both independently and as part of a team; open-minded, flexible, and not afraid to take initiative; and able to prioritize and complete multiple tasks on tight deadlines. The fellowship requires initiative, creativity, flexibility, and commitment while maintaining PeaceWomen’s high professional standards. 

Term

The term of this fellowship is for 8 months- 12 months, from May 2014. While a 1 year commitment is preferred, they are open to considering the shorter term lengths for exceptional candidates although a minimum commitment of 5 months is required.

Qualifications:

  • Currently be enrolled in a graduate program (MA, MS, JD, LLM, PhD) or recently graduated with studies in international relations/affairs, international law, political science, public policy and administration, human rights, international development, international security, gender studies, or related field
  • Background or interest in issues related to women, peace and security, including but not limited to sexual violence in conflict, women’s roles in decision-making, women’s participation in conflict prevention, peace processes and post-conflict peacebuilding
  • Background in or strong interest in the United Nations system, understanding of its basic functions, structure
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills and attention to detail
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Computer proficiency in Windows environment (Word, Excel, PowerPoint); editing and website development experience including Content Management System (CMS) a plus
  • Strong working knowledge of social media (Facebook, Twitter); experience with blogging and multi-media platforms a plus
  • Ability to commit to at least 3 full days per week beginning May 2014;
  • Ability to speak additional languages, such as French, Spanish or Arabic an asset, but not required.

Please note that the organization is unable to provide work visas for this position.

Expectations:

The SCM fellow will work three to five days per week in the WILPF PeaceWomen office and will have a key role in programmatic work. The fellow’s work will be guided by the PeaceWomen Program Manager and Program Director.

In addition to being project lead on the Security Council Monitor, the fellow should contribute as part of a team to other PeaceWomen projects and communications. Fellows will also be responsible for posting news, resources, and initiatives on the website according to their regional focus area as well as which are forwarded to them for posting by Program staff. The regions which PeaceWomen covers are listed online.

Additional duties include:

  • Develop expertise on Security Council procedures and work
  • Monitor and analyze international policy developments with short turn-around times to maintain most current information for advocacy and monitoring
  • Contribute to other PeaceWomen projects including other UN and national implementation advocacy, monitoring & evaluation, & capacity building initiatives
  • Contribute to PeaceWomen communications, including monthly Enews and social media

Fellows are also responsible for a certain amount of general office work which they will be trained on, including updating the PeaceWomen website, attending meetings, taking notes and performing general support and administrative tasks.

Application Process:

To be considered for the UN Security Council Monitor Research Fellowship, applicants should submit the following documents by 25 April 2014 via email. The subject of the e-mail should be “Spring/Summer 2014 Security Council Monitor Fellow Application” and all documents should be combined into one PDF or DOCX file.

  • CV or Resume indicating education, relevant past activities and experience
  • Cover Letter (1 page, single-spaced), including start/end dates & days/week available
  • 3 References, including names and contact information
  • Writing Sample (optional, no more than 5 pages), addressing an issue related to women, peace, and security demonstrating ability to write in short, clear, and concrete language (may be an excerpt of longer work)

No phone calls please.

Make Every Woman Count Wants Interns to Advocate for Women’s Rights in Africa

Make Every Woman Count is seeking interns who are motivated and passionate to advocate for women’s rights in Africa and ready to take initiative on new programs with strong knowledge and understanding of social media campaigning. 

Deadline:           April 28, 2014 

Location:            Home-based 

Organization:    Make Every Woman Count

Make Every Woman Count is seeking interns who are motivated and passionate to advocate for women’s rights in Africa and ready to take initiative on new programs with strong knowledge and understanding of social media campaigning. The internship provides an opportunity to be involved in research, writing and analysis, monitoring women’s rights in Africa, administrative work, website and social media management; and significant involvement in our advocacy projects such as our women’s political participation and the African Women’s Decade.

Interns Duties:

Specific internship duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Website Daily Updates
  • Assist with the preparation and publication of MEWC reports;
  • Provide general administrative support
  • Monitor blogs, forums and social networks
  • Identify and research potential fundraising opportunities
  • Work with MEWC team to develop proposals for projects that could attract new funding
  • Engage professionally with social media such as Twitter, Facebook,..
  • Contribute to MEWC blog and to online outreach and promotion using Facebook and Twitter,…
  • Research and develop ways to improve engagement and site traffic
  • The intern will also be encouraged to take part in other projects being pursued and implemented within the organization. They will be a very important addition to all of the project teams.

This a great opportunity for anyone who is looking to get involved in Women’s rights in Africa.

Qualifications:

  • Highly motivated, undergraduate or recent graduate with a strong interest or background on women related issues or studies in Africa with the ability to keep deadlines and commitments;
  • Possess strong research and writing skills
  • Be good at writing, proofreading and have strong analytical skills;
  • Strong analytical and research skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Excellent ability to read, analyse and write documents, articles, etc.
  • Good problem-solving and inter-personal skills;
  • Able to meet tight deadlines;
  • Direct experience working with Social Media Channels (Blogging, Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
  • Computer proficiency in Windows environment (Word, Excel, PowerPoint); Content Management System (CMS) experience a will be a plus

Application Details:

This internship is unpaid and home-based (which makes it quite flexible as you can work from anywhere around the world).

The internship requires a commitment of a minimum of 16 hours per week, at least 2 full days a week for 3 – 6 months. Priority will be given to those who are felxible to work over the weekend and/or weekdays.

If you are interested in this position, please send your CV and a Cover Letter. Please send a separate cover letter not email. In the cover letter , please detail why you want to intern with MEWC, your internship objectives and career goals via email.

Application Deadlines: The Deadline is Monday 28th April 2014 

Starting Date: Monday 5th May 2014

 

Avon Global Center for Women & Justice Seeks Applications for its Women & Justice Fellowship

This fellowship offers varied experience in the areas of international human rights and gender justice, including legal research, clinical teaching, and project management. 

Deadline:          May 1, 2014 

Location:          Ithaca, New York 

Organization:    Avon Global Center for Women & Justice 

The Avon Global Center for Women & Justice at Cornell Law School is seeking applications for its 2014-15 Women and Justice Fellowship.  The appointment is for one year, but reappointment for a second term is possible. The Fellow will play an integral role in executing and further developing the Center’s initiatives.

The Center works with judges, legal practitioners, civil society advocates and other stakeholders in an effort to end gender-based violence.  The Center’s initiatives focus on advancing access to justice and the international rule of law, with an emphasis on defending the human rights of women and girls.

This fellowship offers varied experience in the areas of international human rights and gender justice, including legal research, clinical teaching, and project management.  In addition to working with the Center team, the Fellow will interact with students, faculty, judges, and advocates from diverse countries, cultures, and backgrounds. Cornell Law School provides an intellectually engaging work atmosphere, located in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of New York State.

Fellow responsibilities will include:

  • researching and drafting memoranda in response to requests by judges for legal research assistance;
  • conducting original research for Center-produced publications;
  • providing support for and supervising students undertaking projects through the Global Gender Justice Clinic, a law school clinical course;
  • assisting with planning and managing Center programs, events, and outreach initiatives, including the annual Women & Justice Conference;
  • acting as content editor and strategist for Center publicity, including website and social media networks; and
  • furthering the development of the Center’s online legal resources collection, including research and analysis of case law from the US and other countries, as well as scholarly articles and reports. 

Requirements:

  • J.D. or LL.M.;
  • Strong research, writing, and editing skills;
  • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail;
  • Ability to manage a diverse range of projects and initiatives; and
  • Demonstrates interest in international human rights, comparative law, and/or gender justice issues.

At least two years of relevant professional work experience preferred.  Experience in international legal research and in website and/or database management is helpful.

Start date:  August 2014.

Salary and health benefits and access to university facilities.

Application deadline: May 1, 2014.  As applications will be considered on a rolling basis, early application is strongly encouraged.

To apply: Applicants should email a cover letter discussing their interest and qualifications, resume, law school transcript, writing sample (maximum length 10 pages), and contact information for three references to Karla Creech, Program Assistant.

For more information, please visit the Avon Global Center for Women & Justice website.

The Center for Reproductive Rights Seeks a Program Associate

The Center for Reproductive Rights Seeks a Program Associate who will support the Director of Government Relations as well as other program staff. Draft materials, including fact sheets, for use in advocacy activities and conduct research.

Deadline:             May 9, 2014 

Location:             Washington, DC 

Organization:      Center for Reproductive Rights 

Founded in 1992, the Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is a non-profit organization that promotes women’s equality worldwide by securing reproductive rights in constitutional and international human rights law. Its mission is straightforward and ambitious: to advance reproductive health and rights as fundamental rights that all governments are legally obligated to protect, respect and fulfill. The Center is unmatched as a reproductive rights organization in its expertise in U.S. constitutional law, comparative law, and international human rights law.

The Center works across the globe on issues including access to life-saving obstetrics care, contraception, abortion services, and comprehensive sexuality information. It has brought groundbreaking cases before national courts, U.N. committees, and regional human rights bodies, and has built the legal capacity of women’s rights advocates in over 50 countries. The Center’s groundbreaking litigation and advocacy have transformed how reproductive rights are understood by courts, governments, and human rights bodies, and its undivided focus on reproductive rights has given it unparalleled expertise in the use of constitutional, international, and comparative human rights law to hold governments accountable for failing to ensure women’s access to critical reproductive healthcare services.

National-level courts, regional human rights courts, and United Nations bodies have increasingly recognized that a woman’s right to reproductive autonomy and reproductive healthcare are basic human rights that must be protected. The Center for Reproductive Rights has played a key role in securing these legal victories and works with attorneys and advocates in the U.S., Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe. In addition to its headquarters in New York, the Center has offices in Washington, DC, Nairobi, Bogotá, Kathmandu, and Geneva.

The Center’s Government Relations Program, based in Washington, DC since 2009, focuses on both U.S. domestic and foreign policy, providing leadership within the community of reproductive rights allies. The Center informs the policy debate at the federal level by producing legal analysis of legislation, comments on regulations, polling data, and other materials to policymakers in Congress, the Administration, and the White House. It works to vigorously defend and expand access to a full range of reproductive healthcare; counter abortion stigma as it is reflected in federal policy; and ensure U.S. foreign policy reflects the full range of women’s health needs around the globe.

The Program Associate will be joining the Center at a critical time for reproductive rights globally. As opponents of women’s rights are mounting a scorched-earth campaign to turn back decades of hard-won progress, the Center is fighting back with short-, medium-, and long-term strategies, to reverse the erosion of reproductive rights protections across the U.S. and establish the right to affordable reproductive healthcare in the U.S. A key component of our strategic plan is to restore heightened protections for abortion rights, as promised to American women in the landmark decision of Roe v. Wade (1973).  

Qualifications:  

While no one person will possess all of the qualities listed below, the ideal candidate would have the following professional and personal characteristics:

  • Strong commitment to the Center’s mission, purpose, and values
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Flexibility and ability to work professionally in a fast-paced environment
  • Working knowledge of Word, Excel, Outlook and Internet
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Self-motivation and the ability to work independently, while also collaborating in a team setting
  • The ability to complete assignments in a timely manner, often under considerable time pressure, and to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Bachelor’s Degree required
  • Minimum 2 years of similar or related experience required 

Deadline for applications: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by May 9, 2014.

To learn more about responsibilities and how to apply, please visit the website.

 

The Ford Foundation Seeks Director of the Democratic Participation and Governance Unit

The Director is responsible for fostering learning and evaluation within and across Initiatives, and collaboration and communication among US-based staff and with Representatives and program officers in the Foundation’s overseas offices. 

Deadline:            May 30, 2014 

Location:            New York 

Organization:     Ford Foundation 

Summary Description:

The Ford Foundation seeks a dynamic, creative and innovative leader to serve as its Director of the Democratic Participation and Governance unit. Building on Ford’s rich legacy in and longstanding commitment to promoting democratic participation globally, the Director will manage the Foundation’s activities and oversee the programming on increasing civic and political participation, promoting electoral reform and democratic participation, and fostering transparent, responsive and accountable governance systems.

The Focus of The Work:

Lasting social change depends upon the ability of people to help shape the policies that affect their lives. The Foundation’s work focuses on increasing public participation in this decision-making, primarily through supporting robust and inclusive civic organizations that bring diverse people together and give them a voice in the democratic process. The global work focuses on promoting transparent, responsive and accountable governments and strengthening the right of people to assemble and advocate, including strengthening civic organizations and the infrastructure and regulatory environments on which they depend. The Foundation supports policy development to create a legal and fiscal framework through which civil society can flourish and hold governments accountable, particularly in relation with the rights of the historically marginalized.

In the United States, through initiatives on Increasing Civic and Political Participation, Promoting Electoral Reform and Democratic Participation, and Promoting Transparent, Effective, and Accountable Government, the focus is on increasing the participation of historically marginalized communities at all levels of civic and political life and on ensuring that governments are responsive to their interests. This work includes strengthening organizations and networks that build and mobilize the grassroots base for social change and advancing systemic reforms that protect every individual’s right to participation in the political process, from ensuring an accurate census count and fair redistricting to full access to voting. This works also includes efforts to ensure that government policies and resources are sufficient to promote equity and opportunity.

Role and Responsibilities:

Reporting directly to the Vice President of the Foundation’s global Democracy, Rights & Justice program, who manages annual grant-making of more than $140 million in the U.S. and the Foundation’s 10 overseas offices, the Director is a senior program leader of the Foundation, responsible for program development and grant making activities. As part of a matrix organization, the Director manages a set of thematic Initiatives with staff in New York and in the Foundation’s overseas offices. S/he supervises a unit that includes a team of program officers and administrative staff. The Director is responsible for fostering learning and evaluation within and across Initiatives, and collaboration and communication among US-based staff and with Representatives and program officers in the Foundation’s overseas offices. The Director represents the Foundation externally to a diverse set of global stakeholders and communities. S/he will partner with other Directors to advance the Foundation’s mission and objectives.

Qualifications:

  • Substantial professional experience working on issues of governance, political equality and participation
  • Advanced graduate degree in law or public policy, or other relevant fields
  • Record of leadership, planning, and management success
  • Experience working with a range of individuals in civil society, government and the private sector in the U.S. and globally
  • Familiarity with the use of new technologies to promote social justice
  • Demonstrated experience working effectively as part of a team and with colleagues of diverse backgrounds and perspectives
  • Excellent analytical, oral presentation, writing and interpersonal skills
  • Fluency in English, and a fluency in a second language is preferred
  • Familiarity with philanthropy and nonprofit sector issues in the U.S.

For more information and to apply, visit the website.

This Week at the CDO (Week of April 21, 2014)

Wednesday, April 23: 

Last day of classes – Congratulations on the completion of the spring 2014 semester and the 2013-2014 academic year! Congratulations to the graduating class of 2014!

Monday, April 28: 

Final Exams Begin – Good luck with finals! 

Information about Reading Period, Finals and Summer Break - The Career Development Office will remain open during reading period, finals and summer break. Students and alumni are welcome to contact our office to schedule advising appointments during this time.

 

*This is the last “This Week at the CDO” for the 2013-2014 academic year. The weekly posts will return in the fall.*

NYU Global Justice Clinic – Clinical Teaching Fellowship

NYU School of Law invites applications for a one-year Teaching Fellowship with its Global Justice Clinic for the academic year 2014-2015. The fellowship will begin during summer 2014, with the exact start date negotiable. The ideal candidate will be an experienced advocate who is both passionate and critical of human rights as a response to global injustice. S/he should be enthusiastic about supporting students in reflexive, accountable human rights advocacy.

The Fellow will work closely with Clinic Director Professor Margaret Satterthwaite, and will enjoy mentorship in teaching, scholarship and human rights lawyering. The Fellow will have the opportunity to gain teaching experience and will directly supervise students on clinic cases and projects.

The Global Justice Clinic provides high quality, professional human rights lawyering services to individual clients and non-governmental and inter-governmental organizations, partnering with groups based in the United States and abroad, as well as undertaking its own projects where independence is a strategic benefit. Serving as legal advisers, counsel or advocacy partners, Clinic students work side-by-side with human rights activists from around the world. Working on cases and projects that involve cross-border human rights violations, the deleterious impacts of extraterritorial activities by state and non-state actors, and emerging problems that require close collaboration between actors at the local and international levels, students engage in human rights advocacy in domestic and international settings.

For more on the Clinic, see the website.

Qualifications: Applicants should have a minimum of two to five years of relevant experience, and must have a law degree (from any country). Preference will be given to individuals who have experience as practicing lawyers or human rights advocates in one or more countries. Evidence of the following will be especially helpful:

  • In-depth knowledge of international human rights law, mechanisms, and debates
  • Experience puzzling through difficult strategic, ethical, and/or legal challenges related to human rights, social justice or inequality
  • Ability to conduct multifaceted work with multi-national and/or multi-lingual teams
  • Capacity to work in high-pressure, low-resource, time-stressed environments
  • Aptitude for teaching, management and supervision
  • Ability to work in more than one language (especially relevant to GJC’s current docket are French, Haitian Creole and Arabic)
  • Willingness to travel internationally
  • Desire to develop a career devoted to human rights or social justice—as a clinician or a practicing lawyer or advocate 

To apply: Applicant should submit (1) a 2-3 page cover letter addressing the qualifications described above; (2) a one-page description of a project the Fellow would propose to develop as part of the GJC; (3) a resume or curriculum vitae; (4) a law school transcript; (5) one or two writing samples; and (6) the names and contact information for three referees. Submit these materials to Professor Satterthwaite’s assistant Diana Limongi.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled; however, applicants are encouraged to apply by May 8, 2014. Applicants chosen for interviews will be contacted.

Competitive salary and benefits.

 

Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship Application Now Available! Application Deadline is June 10, 2014

Baker Donelson is committed to fostering an inclusive environment where the individual differences among us are understood, respected, appreciated and recognized as sources of strength of the Firm. These qualities enrich the environment in which we work. With this in mind, Baker Donelson will again award three scholarships to diverse law students who will complete their first year of law school by June 2014.

Recipients will be awarded a six-week, salaried 2L Summer Associate position for the summer of 2015 in one of the Firm’s offices.  Additionally, each recipient will be awarded $10,000 which will be paid prior to the student’s third year of law school to help defray the cost of law school tuition and related expenses.

For complete eligibility criteria, instructions, and to apply for the Scholarship Program please visit the website

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Helen Beasley.