This Week’s Guest…

Episode 5: Justice Mark Kennedy

In our fifth episode of Ending Domestic Abuse, Dr. Ludy Green and Justice Mark Kennedy answer difficult questions about child abuse/neglect, and provide concrete advice about navigating the legal system and family courts to best protect vulnerable children. This episode also addresses the specific barriers to legal action created by the Covid-19 pandemic, featuring personal stories and urgent situations shared by listeners who have been struggling during quarantine. Special thank you to Megan Huber for her valuable contribution to this week’s program! 

About Justice Mark Kennedy

Family Court Judge and Alabama Supreme Court Justice with decades of experience working to prevent child abuse and protect children. 

Justice H. Mark Kennedy received his undergraduate degree from Auburn University and his Juris Doctorate with honors from Cumberland School of Law.  From 1978 to 1999, Justice Kennedy served for five years as a juvenile and Family Court Judge in Montgomery, Alabama, five years as a Circuit Judge for the Alabama Fifteenth Judicial Circuit, and eleven years as an Associate Justice for the Supreme Court of Alabama.

Upon his retirement, Justice Kennedy became President of the Montgomery (Alabama) Riverfront Development Foundation. In addition, he served as the City of Montgomery’s Project Manager for the development and construction of the Class AA Minor League Riverwalk Stadium, and is presently the Project Manager for the City of Montgomery for the development of the Montgomery Convention Center and Hotel. Justice Kennedy chaired the development of a Comprehensive Master Plan for the redevelopment of historic downtown Montgomery and has worked toward its implementation since 2001.  

Justice Kennedy serves as the Project Director for the Tuskegee Airmen Memorial Foundation, which, in partnership with the National Park Service, is charged with the development and construction of a Memorial at the Tuskegee Airmen Historic Site. Justice Kennedy served for twenty-one years as the Chairman of the State of Alabama’s Children’s Trust Fund, and is founder and Chairman of the Corporate Foundation for Children. He is the past president of The National Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse. 

Justice Kennedy is married to the former Peggy Wallace and they have two sons, 1st Captain Leigh Kennedy, U.S. Army and Burns Kennedy, a student at the University of Alabama.

Past Guests

Episode 4: Dr. Sandra K Cohen

In our fourth episode of Ending Domestic Abuse, Dr. Ludy Green is joined by Psychiatrist Dr. Sandra Cohen to explain how the stressors caused by the current Covid-19 pandemic can increase the risk of domestic abuse, and isolate victims already struggling. Dr. Green and Dr. Cohen discuss healthy coping mechanisms to handle frustration and mental health issues worsened by new economic insecurities, while also responding to urgent stories from listeners and providing essential steps to seek help and safety from domestic violence during a pandemic.

About Dr. Sandra K Cohen

NYC-based Occupational and Organizational Psychiatrist, dedicated to improving workplace mental health and helping employees adapt to changing conditions. 

A native of metro Washington, DC, Dr. Sandra K Cohen, MD graduated from Radcliffe College in 1974 and Harvard Medical School in 1978, where she was a Harvard National Scholar. Dr. Cohen moved to NYC for her Psychiatric Residency at The New York Presbyterian Hospital, Cornell University Medical College, which she completed in June 1982, and where she continues to serve as a faculty member.

During residency, Dr. Cohen began her lifelong interest in Occupational and Organizational Psychiatry, and also pursued psychoanalytic training at The New York Psychoanalytic Institute, which she graduated from in October 1987. Currently, Dr. Cohen operates an office-based psychiatric practice in Manhattan. She also offers consulting as an Occupational and Organizational Psychiatrist to the NYC MTA and NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation, as well as to many private companies. 

Dr. Cohen has a particular expertise in helping high value employees challenge their negative behaviors, which often lead to familial tensions and even violence, and successfully adapt to changing workplace norms. The Covid-19 pandemic has altered these norms considerably, intensifying professional and family stress for most workers. Dr. Cohen continues to help her patients cope and craft successful, adaptive responses in this difficult time. 

Episode 3: Leslie Morgan Steiner

In our third episode of Ending Domestic Abuse, Dr. Ludy Green is joined by best-selling author Leslie Morgan Steiner to discuss Leslie’s story as a survivor of domestic abuse and now esteemed advocate. Leslie shares her story of how the man she loved became physically and mentally abusive and how she found peace and healing after finally leaving him. Dr. Green and Leslie explore the process of speaking out after experiencing trauma, rebuilding her life, creating a dialogue about victim-blaming, and feeling empowered to tell her story. Thank you to Leslie Morgan Steiner for bravely speaking out and sharing her story.

About Leslie Morgan Steiner

New York Times best-selling author, columnist for The Washington Post, speaker on work/family balance, domestic violence survivor, successful corporate executive.

I am the author of four nonfiction books: the New York Times bestselling memoir Crazy Love; the critically acclaimed anthology Mommy Wars: Stay-at-Home and Career Moms Face Off on Their Choices, Their Lives, Their Families; The Baby Chase: How Surrogacy is Transforming the American Family; and my latest memoir, The Naked Truth, which explores female sexuality, self-esteem and dating after 50.

One of the best things I ever did was from 2006-2008 I wrote over 500 columns for the Washington Post’s popular on-line work/family column, “On Balance.” 

I have a BA in English from Harvard College. My first job was writing and editing for Seventeen Magazine. After graduating from Wharton in 1992 with an MBA in Marketing, I spent 10 years at Johnson & Johnson, launching Splenda Brand Sweetener from Argentina to Australia to Dubai. I returned to my hometown of Washington, DC in 2001 to become General Manager of the 1.1 million-circulation Washington Post Magazine, a job I loved for five years, until the demands of juggling work and raising kids prompted my return to fulltime writing.

I’ve been a regular guest on The Today Show, National Public Radio, ABC, NBC, CBS, and cable news networks. After appearing three nights in a row on Anderson Cooper 360, I had a dream that he asked me to become his sole heterosexual lover (I accepted). I’ve appeared in Newsweek, BusinessWeek, Elle, Parents, Self, Vogue, Vanity Fair, The Los Angeles Times, and  I am speak about 30 times a year on how end family violence. My 2012 TEDTalk about domestic violence, which was curated by a friend from second grade, has been viewed by over five million people, and in 2014 I completed my  second TEDTalk exploring the ethics of global surrogacy on the stage of the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

I proudly serve as a board member for the One Love Foundation, in honor of slain University of Virginia senior Yeardley Love.

I divide my time between Washington, DC, New York, New Hampshire, and anywhere else in the world I’m lucky enough to be invited to visit.

Episode 2: Judge Kimberly Todd

In our second episode of Ending Domestic Abuse, Dr. Ludy Green will be joined by Judge Kimberly Todd to discuss how the U.S. Justice system and laws help women find safety and justice after domestic abuse occurs. As a Judge and mentor with vast experience in Family Law/Unified Family Court, Juvenile Detention, Dependency Court, and Early Childhood Court, Judge Todd serves as a voice for women and children in Pinellas County as she oversees new judges and cases, including those regarding domestic abuse.

About Judge Todd

A native of St. Petersburg, Florida, Judge Kimberly Todd graduated from the University of South Florida and, in 1996, the Mississippi College School of Law. She worked as a prosecutor and as general counsel for a private corporation before opening her own law practice in 2001.  She was elected to the circuit bench in 2010 and began her first term in the family law division. Upon taking the bench, Judge Todd was assigned to a family law section until 2013, when she was assigned to Unified Family Court where she currently presides.

Judge Todd was the President of Canakaris Inn of Court for the 2013-2014 year. Judge Todd was appointed by the Chief Judge to serve as Chair of the Sixth Circuit Pro Bono Committee from 2014 to 2016. Judge Todd was appointed, by the chief judge, to serve as a mentor for new judges assigned to the Family Law division and/or Unified Family Court. She previously served as chairperson of the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative, and is presently Chair of the Sixth Circuit Dependency Court Improvement Committee and a member of the state-wide Dependency Court Improvement Panel. Judge Todd has taken a leadership role in establishing an Early Childhood Court here in Pinellas County.