Media Coverage

An Awakening:  Stepping into a new role, Erin makes a difference by transforming her loss.

"My loss has a name. I have a title. I'm a widow... I have a title, a name for my grief. My loss is recognized in our society. I keep thinking where is your title? How do we name the state of your grief? All of you lost someone special last weekend, too. One of you lost a father. You lost a son, a brother, a brother-in-law, a friend... an uncle, a colleague, a boss, a teacher, a coach, a mentor. Or that really nice guy with that contagious personality. I can't give you a title. But I can say that I'm clear: your pain is no less than mine."

Huffington Post: This Woman Forgave the Drugged Driver Who Killed Her Spouse -- And Is Starting a Movement

By Jen Reeder, Huffington Post, July 28, 2014 

 "What I love most about being a journalist is the chance to interview inspiring people dedicated to making the world a better place. I've talked to gregarious chefs in soup kitchens, trainers of guide dogs for the blind, folks who volunteer abroad on their "vacations," women who shelter survivors of domestic violence. There's so much pain in the world, and we really need to hear stories of courage and hope.

So it was particularly special to have the privilege of speaking with Erin Prewittrecently. I've never met anyone like her.

Erin's husband Chris, her college sweetheart, was jogging one morning last April when a drugged driver killed him. Chris was not only adored by Erin and their seven-year-old daughter Isabella, but by seemingly everyone he met. He rose above a hearing disability to become a beloved educator, a philanthropist who traveled to Sierra Leone to train teachers, a friendly guy whose catchphrase was "Make it a great day!"

​"Chris and I made a conscious choice that in our marriage, we wanted to make each other better people," Erin told me. "And Chris had that way with people. He saw them at their best -- their potential -- and they'd almost always rise to the occasion ... that's kind of how he moved through the world. And he loved life -- what most people put into a day, Chris would try to put into an hour."

Read the full article by Jen Reeder here

Portrait of Forgiveness

By Woody Woodburn, July 5, 2014

Serendipity smiled on me last week in a local bookstore when I met Erin Prewitt for the first time. What began as a brief encounter lasted two hours and left me divinely changed.
I also was left feeling like I had in a manner spoken with the likes of Abraham Lincoln, Gandhi, Nelson Mandela and other sages of compassion.
Understand, this was less than 24 hours before sentencing would be handed down in a Ventura County courtroom for 24-year-old Shante Chappell who, while driving under the influence of marijuana and Xanax, struck and killed Erin’s 38-year-old husband Chris during a marathon training run on Victoria Avenue.

On an evening that might well have been filled with thoughts of vengeance, Erin was a portrait from Alexander Pope’s “An Essay on Criticism,” specifically the famous line: “To err is human, to forgive, divine.”

Read the full column by Woody here.

​​Teaching Fraternity Loses an “Artist”

By Woody Woodburn, April 12, 2014

“There are two kinds of teachers,” the great poet Robert Frost said. “The kind that fill you with so much quail shot you can’t move, and the kind that just give you a little prod behind and you jump to the skies.”

Like many, I was fortunate to have a handful that prodded me. Miss James, Mr. Ridland, Ms. Hutchings and Mr. McFadden meant the sky to me.

And not to me alone, for as Andy Rooney observed: “Teachers have thousands of people who remember them for the rest of their lives."

That figure seems on the low side for Chris Prewitt.

 Indeed, he seems to have gently prodded so many earthbound young people to jump for the skies during his far-too-brief teaching career that a memorial service this morning at 10 a.m. is being held in the Buena High School football stadium.

Read the rest of the column here.

Unexpected Twist In Chappell/Prewitt Vehicular Manslaughter Case

By Ron Bamieh, July 15, 2014

​I have been practicing law for almost 23 years. I have been a part of thousands of cases and have seen harsh, ugly, and bitter things in the courtroom. However, once in a while I witness something that inspires me and reminds me of what is truly important.

I purposefully have never mentioned a client's name in the practice's newsletter or blog. Each person's case is private and I never want a client to think I am trying to benefit from their circumstances. I am going to make an exception in this article, with the permission of the client, because I believe there is a message here worth sharing.

​As some of you are aware, I recently represented Shante Chappell. Ms. Chappell was charged with (vehicular manslaughter) being under the influence of Xanax when her car struck and killed Christopher Prewitt. Mr. Prewitt was a local teacher and had touched the lives of many in Ventura County. I do not exaggerate when I say that his death had a profound effect on the entire community, and his loss was mourned by thousands of people.

​Read the rest of the blog post here.