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In ABA blog post, Tijuana Barnes, ’18, finds strength, offers hope in personal tragedy

Monday, October 30, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Erin Looney
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Tijuana Barnes holding a photo of her sister

Early one September morning while at a conference in Chicago, UDC Law student Tijuana Barnes, ’18, received a life changing phone call. Her sister Danielle had been shot twice the previous night. She would not survive the shooting.

Upon hearing the news, Barnes wanted “everything to stop,” but she managed to make her way to her conference obligations anyway. After the conference, Barnes returned to D.C. and resumed life as usual as best she could.

The devastating experience inspired the Vice Chair of the ABA Law Student Division to share her story in an ABA blog post offering support to law students experiencing their own hardships. Read about how Barnes navigated her loss and law school obligations and find links to resources available to law students experiencing their own losses in "What to do when tragedy strikes during law school."


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