Sunday, November 20, 2016
Daily Kos, Over 12,000 Lawyers Sign Letter Opposing Steve Bannon:
Later today, a letter with over 12,000 signatures of attorneys from all over the country will be delivered to key members of Congress. The letter, originally drafted by University of Denver law professor Nancy Leong, has garnered such a huge number of signatures in just 60 hours of being online. Leong drafted the letter because “Bannon is on a different level. His website has enabled white supremacists and his public comments show he does not respect the democratic institutions that we as lawyers have sworn to uphold.”
The letter has signers from all types of legal work and all different political persuasions. As Leong described it, “It’s not a partisan issue to support our democratic institutions and oppose a white supremacist, and I hope that what this communicates to vulnerable communities is lawyers have your back in opposing this.”
Bloomberg Law, Meet the Law Prof Who Found 10,000+ Lawyers Opposed to Bannon:
We spoke to Leong as she waited out a layover in an airport on Thursday evening about why many lawyers are opposed to him. Below is an excerpt of the conversation.
Big Law Business: Have you ever done activism like this?
Leong: Literally never. And I think it’s not very difficult to tell that I am a liberal and a democrat, and I’ve been alive for a Reagan Presidency and both Bush Presidencies and I have literally never have been as alarmed by an appointment as I am by this one. I think that the racial rhetoric is becoming more and more explicit. I think there have been a lot of racial code words throughout the campaign but the appointment of Stephen Bannon, who is literally a white supremacy hero is the most overtly racial thing Trump has done since the election. I’m not an organizer by nature. I was surprised when the petition got rolling like this. I’m an academic.