Through the ABA Journal’s monthly 10 Questions feature, reporter Jenny B. Davis spent 2016 speaking to legal professionals of all different backgrounds and walks of life. Here are the 12 fascinating people we got to know this year, along with an abridged introduction and some of the questions they answered.Roberta Kaplan: From lesbian moms to Airbnb, she makes sure laws keep pace with changeRoberta Kaplan could be described as a specialist in emerging law. She litigates cases that shape the legal structure within which Americans live, love, work and hail cabs. A Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison partner in New York City, she successfully argued U.S. v. Windsor before the U.S. Supreme Court in 2013, winning a landmark verdict that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act. Her book about the case, Then Comes Marriage: United States v. Windsor and the Defeat of DOMA, was published last fall. And she’s achieved significant legal victories on behalf of … [Read more...] about 12 months of 10 Questions: Meet some of the fascinating lawyers we profiled in 2016
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markel meet wellwishers as they visit Reprezent 107.3FM on January 9, in London. The public has warmed to this refreshingly real royal-to-be, who seems to be having a positive influence on Harry. Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty World On a sunny day this April, teenage girls from a local school were having a picnic in a park. I was on a bench near them, reading a book, until the noise got too much. The students were in uniform, easy with one another and bursting with adolescent enthusiasm. They reflected London’s infinite class, race and ethnic variety. Some had clustered around a lovely, mixed-race girl and were weaving wild flowers around her curly hair: “Straighten your hair,” one said. “You’ll look just like Meghan!” They took selfies, squealed over sites for bridal gowns and pored over celeb mags with pictures of Meghan Markle. Idolized and envied by them, she was the luckiest woman in the world. The girl with the … [Read more...] about Meghan Markle And Prince Harry: Can the Royal Wedding Change Centuries of Racism and Classism in Britain?
By The Washington Post | PUBLISHED: December 26, 2018 at 10:26 am | UPDATED: December 26, 2018 at 10:27 am By Keith McMillan | Washington Post Daughters of a deceased podiatrist say it’s “family lore” that their father helped Donald Trump, long before he became president, avoid being drafted for military service in Vietnam, The New York Times reported Wednesday. The daughters of Larry Braunstein, Elysa Braunstein and Sharon Kessel, told the Times that their father – as a ‘favor’ – provided the fall 1968 diagnosis of bone spurs that helped Trump get a medical exemption. In return, the doctor received access to Fred Trump, Trump’s father and owner of the Queens building in which Larry Braunstein’s practice operated. “If there was anything wrong in the building, my dad would call and Trump would take care of it immediately. That was the small favor that he got,” Elysa Braunstein told the Times, referring to the … [Read more...] about Allegation: ‘Bone spurs’ diagnosis a favor to Trump’s dad
Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE Dec. 26, 2018 / 7:22 PM GMT / Updated 12:20 PM GMT By David K. Li and Dartunorro Clark President Donald Trump made a surprise visit to American troops in Iraq on Wednesday, his first journey to an active combat zone since he took office. The president, who was joined by first lady Melania Trump, spent three hours on the ground with U.S. forces and met with the U.S. ambassador and commanders on the ground. A scheduled meeting with Iraqi prime minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi was scrapped. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the meeting didn’t happen because due to security the invitation was made two hours in advance and the prime minister wasn’t able to get there in time, according to a pool report. When the president entered the dining hall at the Al-Asad base west of Baghdad, about 100 service members … [Read more...] about Trump to American troops in Iraq: U.S. no longer ‘the suckers of the world’
Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE April 3, 2019, 8:30 AM GMT By Emily R. Siegel, Andrew W. Lehren, Brandy Zadrozny, Dan De Luce and Vanessa Swales When President Donald Trump's pick for ambassador to the Bahamas testified before Congress to make the case for his nomination, he incorrectly stated that the island nation was part of the U.S. It is an independent country. For ambassador to the United Arab Emirates — a job so sensitive in the tense Middle East that every previous president gave it to a career diplomat — Trump picked a wealthy real estate developer with no diplomatic experience. The ambassador to Morocco? A well-heeled car dealer. The nominee for Iceland? While well-traveled, he had never been to that Nordic country. For Melania Trump's native country of Slovenia? The founder of an evangelical charity who frequently reposted false far-right social … [Read more...] about Donors to the Trump inaugural committee got ambassador nominations. But are they qualified?