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Debbie Hines

Debbie Hines

Washington, D.C. based Debbie Hines is a trial lawyer, former prosecutor and a legal/political commentator. Founder of Legalspeaks.com, a progressive blog on law, politics and women, she is recognized as an influential African-American blogger. She has also authored articles and blogs online for the Huffington Post and OpEdNews.com and speaks on hot legal and political topics and local and national headline legal trials.
Hines is frequently featured in the media including the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Baltimore Sun, USA Today, the Afro, XM Satellite radio, CNN and CBS’s Washington DC affiliate WUSA.
She holds a Juris Doctorate from George Washington University School of Law and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a native of Baltimore, MD.

Debbie Hines is a WMC SheSource expert on Legal and Politics.

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Maryland Women’s Agenda for Obama’s Second Term

Maryland Women’s Agenda for Obama’s Second Term

January 22, 2013

The author checks in with state legislators from the Maryland Women's Caucus to see what they expect from President Barack Obama in his second term. More »

2012 DNC: A View from the Maryland Women’s Caucus

2012 DNC: A View from the Maryland Women’s Caucus

September 5, 2012

The author, founder of Legalspeaks.com, finds the essence of diversity within the Maryland delegation to the Democratic National Convention. More »

Why Voter ID Laws Will Disenfranchise Women

Why Voter ID Laws Will Disenfranchise Women

July 22, 2011

The author alerts U.S. women that new regulations could block their vote in the 2012 election—over nine decades after women won the franchise. More »

The DSK Case: Gender, Race, Class and Politics

The DSK Case: Gender, Race, Class and Politics

July 11, 2011

Legal commentator Debbie Hines, formerly a prosecutor in cases of rape and sexual assault, calls on District Attorney Cyrus Vance to continue to pursue the case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn despite any difficulties. More »

Black Women Could Swing November’s Vote

October 25, 2010

For Democrats to succeed in the midterm elections, the President must convince African American women that he needs them to watch his back—and that he'll look out for them— argues blogger and commentator Debbie Hines. More »

Elena Kagan—The President’s Choice

Elena Kagan—The President’s Choice

May 11, 2010

For his second nomination to the high court, President Obama once more chooses a woman—one who lacks a paper trail of judicial opinions and has a history of pulling support from more than one ideological sector. And that, argues the author, is what makes some people nervous. More »

Obama’s Supreme Court Choice: Plenty of Talent—and an Opportunity

Obama’s Supreme Court Choice: Plenty of Talent—and an Opportunity

April 19, 2010

A half dozen extraordinary women occupy the White House list of candidates to replace Justice Stevens on the Supreme Court, according to reports. The author argues that President Obama should seize this chance to make a historic step toward true diversity at the top of the judiciary system. More »