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10 Questions

83 ABA Journal 10 Questions articles.

10 Questions: This comedian and Oregon lawyer stands up against sexual harassment

ABA Journal: In 2002, you decided to move from Los Angeles to Portland, Oregon. Did you have to change your practice to adapt to a smaller legal community?

Mitra Shahri: No, perverts are perverts everywhere you go.

10 Questions: A true Marvel, this Brooklyn lawyer is a force across a galaxy of comic book genres

A young corporate lawyer sits at his computer, putting the finishing touches on an email.


He hits send.


His first comic book manuscript is off to…

10 Questions: This legal team brings a wild approach to their practice

Kansas City litigator Tristen J. Woods and his law partner Lauren Sierra Kruskall founded the Jungle Law Group to advocate for animals in civil and criminal court.

10 Questions: Activist-turned-drag queen builds successful careers in law and the arts

Ben Schatz founded one of the country’s first legal nonprofits to combat AIDS-related discrimination, served as executive director of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association and held a leadership position on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS during the Clinton administration. In 1999, he left the world of law and became a full-time singing drag queen.

10 Questions: Lawyer’s memoir recalls growing up Jewish in Japan during WWII

Isaac Shapiro detailed his unique experience during World War II. His parents, Jewish emigres from Russia, were living in Berlin when Adolf Hitler began his rise to power. Sensing danger, they fled, eventually settling where they thought their young family would be safe: Japan.

10 Questions: LA lawyer and former congresswoman blazed a trail for women and minorities

Yvonne Brathwaite Burke in 1973 became the first African-American woman from California to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives, and the first member of Congress to give birth while in office. She also was the first congresswoman to be granted maternity leave—a benefit that at the time had to be specifically authorized by the speaker of the House of Representatives.

10 Questions: Native American judge devotes legal career to restorative justice

Chief Judge Abby Abinanti presides over the Yurok Tribal Court in Klamath, California, and her community-based, restorative approach to justice, along with initiatives she helped launch and lead, are improving lives across this remote Northern California reservation. There’s a wellness program to help drug offenders, a community restitution program, and even a program for those accused of domestic violence that has a recidivism rate of zero.

10 Questions: This Denver lawyer serves up culinary history with a side of social justice

Adrian E. Miller wrote “The President’s Kitchen Cabinet: The Story of the African Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families, from the Washingtons to the Obamas.”

10 Questions: Harvard Law’s dean of students began as a ballerina

Marcia Lynn Sells, dean of students at Harvard Law School, once performed with Dance Theatre of Harlem under the direction of co-founder Arthur Mitchell.

12 of the year’s most fascinating lawyers

One lawyer spends Sunday afternoons on the gridiron, while another made the transition from the playing field to a seat behind the bench. Still another lawyer became a reality television star, and another forged a second carer as a fashion designer for Hollywood A-listers.

10 Questions: From plaintiffs to patients, Don D. Bush shifts careers at 70

Don D. Bush left his position as a magistrate judge with the U.S. District Court for work as a medical technician for a nonprofit urgent care clinic and an ambulance service.

10 Questions: Civil rights lawyer Farhana Khera fights for religious freedom for all Americans

As the executive director of Muslim Advocates, Farhana Khera and her staff work with volunteer lawyers and dedicated faith leaders across the country to stand up to hate and bias through education, advocacy and litigation.

10 Questions: James Dunstan

James E. Dunstan, the principal of Springfield, Virginia-based Mobius Legal Group, has spent more than 30 years specializing in space law.

10 Questions: Rachel Lindsay

In January, Rachel Lindsay became one of the 30 women on The Bachelor but came home single. This summer, however, the 32-year-old Cooper & Scully associate got another chance at romance as the star of The Bachelorette.

10 Questions: LA solo brings together musical lawyers in a philharmonic he founded

Solo practitioner Gary S. Greene formed an all-volunteer orchestra composed entirely of lawyers and judges. The Los Angeles Lawyers Philharmonic has been so successful that Greene has since founded a 100-member chorus and a jazz big band.

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