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Rebecca Mariscal is the editorial assistant on Super Lawyers’ staff. She serves as a writer for multiple Super Lawyers magazines and consumer articles, as well as being a fact-checker and proofreader. She manages the Super Lawyers Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and other social profiles. She studied communication and journalism at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota where she was also a senior reporter for the university’s news site TommieMedia. She has previously worked for newspapers in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Her work has been featured in the Pioneer Press, Duluth News Tribune, Star-Observer and more.

Articles written by Rebecca Mariscal

Paying It Forward

Why Payal Salsburg averages two hours a day of volunteer work

When Payal Salsburg moved to Boston from Florida in 2012, the walk to her office took her six minutes. Today, it’s closer to 20. “I’m standing and talking to everybody, ‘Hey, I’ll see you next Sunday,’” she says. After starting a white-collar criminal defense practice at Laredo & Smith, Salsburg began volunteering as a way to feel more connected to the community—helping out at places like Rice Sticks and Tea Asian Food Pantry, St. Francis House day shelter, and Massachusetts …

How a Domestic Partnership Compares to a Marriage, Legally Speaking

What the law says in New York

When Obergefell v. Hodges was decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2015, legalizing same-sex marriage throughout the country, the legal protections for domestic partnerships in some states ended or were phased out. New York, however, has maintained such protections for all interested couples. A domestic partnership is, simply put, a legal relationship for close and committed couples. “It’s a recognition that they are in a special committed relationship while affording some of the rights …

Protecting the Future

Thirty-two moments, cases and people that have defined Kathleen Flynn Peterson’s career

After working for a few years as a nurse, Kathleen Flynn Peterson transitioned to the law in 1981. In the years since, she’s become one of the most celebrated medical malpractice attorneys in the state. We asked Peterson to share some of the most important elements of her life and career—so far. 1. Graduating with a bachelor of arts in nursing from St. Catherine University in 1976.  2. Her nursing experience—an asset in every case she’s handled. “The ability to understand the …

Travels With Nathalie

How Nathalie Bougenies’ travels helped shape her practice

Nathalie Bougenies grew up in Ath, Belgium, surrounded by family who rarely left their small town, and her parents were determined that wouldn’t be her. So each year, starting when Bougenies was 9 months old, the family took a trip abroad. A visit to Tunisia when she was 10 or 11 stands out in her mind. “It was the first time that we went to a non-European country and where I felt very different because I looked so different,” she says. “People spoke my language, but the food, the …

Something Had to Be Done

How Annie Andrews led reform of the Charleston County Juvenile Detention Center

Annie Andrews’ first visit to the Charleston County Juvenile Detention Center as a public defender was a shock. “I was immediately just taken aback by the conditions of the facility,” she says. The building had been constructed in the ’60s and never renovated. “There were plumbing issues where fecal matter and urine came up through the drains and into rooms where the kids slept on the floor due to overcrowding. There was barbaric punishment, all sorts of awful civil rights …

Where Native Culture and American Jurisprudence Meet

How Judy Dworkin’s Indian law practice led her to the tribal court bench

If there’s a common element in Judy Dworkin’s winding path to practicing Indian law and becoming a tribal court judge, it’s water. After earning a Ph.D. in geographical sciences with an emphasis on water resources at Clark University in Massachusetts in 1978, she taught at the University of Toronto before moving to the Department of Hydrology and Water Resources at the University of Arizona. There she worked for the U.S. Water Resources Council on various groundwater laws and management …

Belonging Somewhere

After many years, Rasha Zeyadeh Thompson has found a place in her country

Growing up, Rasha Zeyadeh Thompson didn’t always have a strong sense of home.  She is of Palestinian descent, but was born in Kuwait, where her grandparents immigrated in 1948. She arrived during the Gulf War, in a hospital that had been annexed by Iraq, giving her an Iraqi birth certificate. Her parents fled the conflict immediately thereafter, packing up everything they could in their car and heading to Jordan.  “I just remember stories my dad would tell about passing these dead …

Nothing for Granted

A near-death experience helped Keith Fuicelli relate to his clients—and remember what’s important

When he’s in trial, Keith Fuicelli starts every day with the same routine. He laces up his sneakers and heads out into the Colorado morning for a run. The feel of his feet on the pavement and the sun rising over Sloan’s Lake allow him to think through his upcoming day in court.  “There’s nothing better than jogging as far as giving your mind a place to wander, free from distractions of everyday life,” he says. “I like to run and think through the different arguments, closings, …

For Better and for Better

Megan Pastrana breaks down borders to bring couples together

The wall of Megan Pastrana’s office is full of happy moments.  An immigration attorney focusing on couples, Pastrana saves each picture, wedding invitation and birth announcement she receives from the clients she’s helped. “It’s really nice to just see all of the lives that I’ve impacted on my wall, and remember why I’m doing what I’m doing,” she says.  Her own photo could be among those smiling faces.  Pastrana had just returned from studying abroad in 2009 when she was …

Walking the Dark Road

Joanna Delfunt’s summer helping trafficked girls in Cambodia

On one of her last days in Cambodia in 2010, Joanna Delfunt practiced yoga on a rooftop alongside girls she’d spent the summer with—rescued survivors of sex trafficking now living in the center where Delfunt worked. “I was bawling,” Delfunt says. “I’m thanking them for letting me into their world and being open with me that summer. And they asked, ‘When are you coming back?’”  Delfunt’s journey to Cambodia began a year earlier. At a women’s conference at a local Virginia …

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