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  • Exclusion of Sons from Jerry Lewis’ Will Shocking, But Legally Sound
  • Domestic Violence Education
  • The Human Element to Data


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Exclusion of Sons from Jerry Lewis’ Will Shocking, But Legally Sound
Sam Long
Estate Planning Attorney
Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton, LLP in Dallas
When comedy legend Jerry Lewis’ will was made public, many focused on the fact that he had “intentionally excluded” his six sons, as well as their descendants, as beneficiaries. Instead, his entire estate was left to his second wife and their adopted daughter. Although shocking, this type of exclusion typically can withstand legal challenges. Says Long: “One of the fundamental premises of the American law of succession and wills is what is sometimes called ‘freedom of disposition.’ As long as wills are freely made, and subject to some protections for surviving spouses and minor children, state laws generally permit the complete exclusion of family members or differences in their shares. There are a number of individuals who made what many would see as ‘curious’ decisions about their fortunes. For example, Cornelius Vanderbilt left in excess of 90 percent of his estate to just one of his surviving 12 children, William, and his family. It isn’t the norm, but when you are dealing with family dynamics, there is often a complex foundation as to why these decisions are made.”
Long is also an adjunct professor of wills, trusts and estates at the UNT-Dallas College of Law.
Contact: Rhonda Reddick, [email protected]

Domestic Violence Education
Colleen Lelli, EdD
Associate Professor of Education; Director of the Center for Children of Trauma and Domestic Violence Education
Cabrini University
“When a child is exposed to domestic violence, they may have a continuous mental shift as their mind attempts to process the trauma. Administrators and educators need to be aware of the signs — which can include behaviors, learning processes, relationships with others — as well as be aware of  the community-based resources available to support children of trauma. This October, as we honor Domestic Violence Education month, we must reflect on the importance of informing educators about the detriment domestic violence can have on children and the vital resources that need to be identified and readily available to support children of trauma.”
An expert in her field, Lelli has been invited to speak regionally and internationally on the intricacies of educating children who have witnessed trauma and domestic violence. She works with school districts, administrators, educators, and advocates to provide teachers (pre-service and in-service) critical insight into the impact of domestic violence to help them better support the learning of students who have witnessed trauma. She also serves as co-president of the Board of Directors for Laurel House, an organization with the mission to provide safe haven for abused women and their children, to raise public awareness about domestic violence, and to advocate for social change against domestic violence. She is available to speak about domestic violence education and teaching strategies and resources for children of trauma.
Contact: Lori Iannella, [email protected]

The Human Element to Data
Chris Astle
QSR International
“You can’t forget the human element to data. From rebuilding after a natural disaster to elections to managing customer satisfaction to sales, the human voice can and should be filtered out from all of the data that you are probably sitting on, or certainly will gather. We used data analysis to help the leaders of Christchurch, New Zealand, rebuild a better city after a natural disaster destroyed it. It was necessary to listen – really listen — to the residents whose homes were decimated and make the right change. Ignoring their data would have been the greater tragedy.”
Astle is a humanitarian with more than 20 years of experience in leadership and data analytics. He can share stories and lessons learned from working with hundreds of leaders — primarily in government, academia, and commercial (luxury and household name) brands — to improve or make decisions based on data, both numerical (quantitative) and unstructured (qualitative). He is a seasoned communicator with a warm, inviting tone, authoritative, knowledgeable demeanor, and intoxicating English accent. Key topics of expertise include disaster relief, hurricane recovery, earthquake rebuilding, polling, voting, infrastructure, government, policy-making, healthcare, corporate leadership, customer experience, product development, software, academic research, Big Data, data science, and data analytics. He has been quoted in GCN (Government Computer News) and Community College Week, and was published in Route Fifty. He was also interviewed as a thought leader in Big Data for One Million by One Million and in The Middle Market Thought Leader podcast.
Contact: Kristina Groves, [email protected]



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