RNLA to honor Sen. Cruz for standing up to liberals’ ‘slings and arrows’

Cruz to receive the Hon. Edwin Meese III Award at the 2024 National Policy Conference

The Republican National Lawyers Association (RNLA) is pleased to present the 2024 Hon. Edwin Meese III Award to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) at this year’s National Policy Conference on May 17, in Arlington, Va. The Hon. Edwin Meese III Award is bestowed upon an individual who has upheld the rule of law in the face of adverse political challenges.

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Former Acting AG Matt Whitaker Calls Out Democrat Lawfare Against Trump

Matthew Whitaker, former Acting Attorney General in the Trump administration, will make the case at the RNLA National Policy Conference on May 17, that the ongoing lawfare against President Donald Trump amounts to election interference.

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How Republicans Are Fighting the Left’s Efforts to Pack the Judiciary with Radical Ideologues

Democrats are making every effort to pack the judiciary with radical ideologues. While Joe Biden hasn’t shaped the makeup of the Supreme Court as much as President Donald Trump did, according to the Daily Signal, “Biden is on track to match and possibly surpass his predecessor in successfully appointing lower court judges.” In addition, in recent years Democrats have poured millions into electing radical judges at the state level.

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Ramped-up Democrat Election Schemes Threaten Election Confidence

One of Pennsylvania’s top Democrat political activists is allegedly running a shady GOTV website that is surreptitiously collecting user data for political campaign purposes from unsuspecting voters who are tricked into thinking the site is an official state government election site. The URL, Vote.pa, closely resembles the official state voter registration website, vote.pa.gov. Not only that, Gov. Josh Shapiro allowed his signature to be used on mailers guiding people to request mail-in ballots through the site according to investigative journalist Todd Shepherd at Broad & Liberty.

 

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Has Alvin Bragg Entered the Legal Danger Zone?

While it is tempting to focus on the biases of Manhattan District Attorney (DA) Alvin Bragg and Judge Juan Merchan as the so-called New York hush money case is litigated against former President Donald Trump, the better approach is to follow the facts of the case, and explain why the DA's case is wrong as a matter of law.

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Biden's Weaponization of the DOJ targets Pro-Lifers and Whistleblowers

No president has done more to destroy public faith in our justice system than Joe Biden. Consider how his political appointees are going after everyday Americans for simply exercising their faith, while ignoring the vast Biden family criminal network and leaving whistleblowers vulnerable to retaliation.

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The Courage of Thomas Farr Allows Republicans to be Where They Are

Longtime friend, colleague, and Republican lawyer Dale Oldham wrote this inspiring tribute to North Carolina election law attorney Thomas Farr who passed on April 1, following a series of heart problems.

Like Horatius at the bridge, Tom Farr spent his adult life fighting until his last breath in the defense of the Republic. I first met Tom Farr nearly 35 years ago when a team of unlikely Republican attorneys set out to slay the most enormous, obnoxious, and persistent gerrymander that has ever existed in history. It had first been put in place by the Democratic Party in the wake of their enormous electoral success during the Great Depression and it was intended to make their grip on political power in the United States permanent. It was incredibly successful, far exceeding any gerrymander which preceded or succeeded it. As a result of this gerrymander, in 1992 the Democratic Party had controlled the House of Representatives for 40 years and controlled an overwhelming number of the state legislatures. Analysis of the various maps showed that it would take a nationwide vote in excess of 60% to win a majority of the seats in Congress and the state legislatures under such a gerrymandered map. It paradoxically relied upon the gerrymandering of African American voters, but its real target was always to prevent Republican electoral success. A number of us had decided to strike at the heart of that paradox and by ending the gerrymander against African American voters, we could likewise end the gerrymander of ourselves.

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Winning the Fight for Election Integrity

It was a busy week for the Republican National Lawyers Association (RNLA) exposing and defeating the left’s election shenanigans.

Associate Counsel John Madigan helped ensure Wisconsin's presidential primary election was open, fair, and honest. In addition, RNLA Wisconsin Chair Lane Ruhland addressed a statewide audience with her WisPolitics.com guest column in support of referendum questions to ban Zuckerbucks.

In California, RNLA President and Executive Director Michael Thielen's hometown newspaper, The Orange County Register, featured his guest column exposing that state's election chaos and confusion.

 

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Iowa’s Republican AG Upholding State Law & Keeping Promise to Challenge Bad Biden Admin Policies in Court

Iowa’s first Republican Attorney General in more than 40 years is making good on her campaign promise to challenge bad policies from the Biden administration in court. In her first year in office, the Des Moines Register found Attorney General Brenna Bird brought, joined, or filed briefs in at least 12 lawsuits against the federal government.

Bird is fighting the Biden administration on issues such as the administration’s failure to secure the border which has led to a fentanyl crisis in her state, and climate change mandates, many of which would severely harm her state’s agricultural industry.

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What Keeps RNLA Co-Chair Patricia Paoletta Up at Night?

As we celebrate Women's History Month, we spoke with the Republican National Lawyers Assocation Co-Chair Patricia "Tricia" Paoletta about women in the law, attacks on the Supreme Court, and what keeps her up at night in this presidential election year.

 

Can you tell me about your experience in the 2006 confirmation hearings of Justice Alito? I understand at one point you had to jump in front of a group of progressive women who were trying to dominate a C-SPAN video livestream during a break in the hearing?  

C-SPAN had placed an open mic outside of the Senate hearing room where Judge Alito’s supporters could go on camera during breaks in the hearing to voice their support for his nomination. I had been patiently waiting my turn in line when a woman from a progressive group opposed to his nomination cut in front of me for a chance to get on camera. I allowed her to speak, but when I attempted to go to the mic, a second woman from that same group tried to edge me out! This time, I wasn’t having it! I firmly placed myself in front of the camera before she could push me aside as the first woman had done.

 

Where does your confidence and conviction to be so bold come from?

I played competitive sports growing up and politics in this town can be a competitive sport. I wasn’t going to let someone cut in front of me. I was there to support Judge Alito and I was going to do my job and speak consistently with my convictions. I have a sense of righteousness and fairness, but also a competitive nature. In addition to playing softball and basketball, I ran track and was the fastest girl in my elementary school in suburban Chicago!

What advice do you have for young women coming up in the legal profession?

Certainly, pursue opportunities that are consistent with your interest area but be open to other opportunities. Don’t be rigid. Say “yes” to opportunities. I once had an older colleague tell me “The clients are out there, outside. Not in here. Get out and volunteer, that is where you will meet people who you will network with in the future.” I think today many young people undervalue the importance of face-to-face interactions.

I had always wanted to do international telecommunications law and had an opportunity after George H.W. Bush was elected to interview for a job with the Federal Communications Commission. While it wasn’t what I thought I wanted, I interviewed for the position and from there I found another opportunity that was a better fit for me. I have always advocated for myself in my career.

I am the mother of four young folks, some millennials, some Gen Z, and I tell them that they need to advocate for themselves, but just as important, they need to work hard in their current role and then those people around them will become their advocates. 

As we celebrate Women’s History Month, it is nice to see we have more parity between men and women studying the law, but ultimately, we need to encourage and celebrate excellence. That is the most important thing for lawyers.  

The RNLA is a leader in protecting our elections from malfeasance and fraud, what do you think poses the greatest threat to the upcoming presidential election? What keeps you up at night?

My biggest concern is not having enough Republican lawyers and observers on the ground and in the field making sure everyone is following the law. Everything is better in sunlight. We must have enough people to oversee the elections process and to challenge and correct mistakes. We need enough people volunteering in those roles.

What are your thoughts on the increasing personal attacks on conservative Supreme Court Justices? 

It is a very unfair, undemocratic, and nefarious attempt by the Left to influence the conservative Justices on the Court. In the case of Justice Thomas, they are trying to stress him out enough to leave. They are trying to undermine public confidence in the Court. But our conservative Justices are not going to be bullied off the field, particularly Justice Thomas who grew up in the segregated South. So, the Left’s efforts are in vain. They will not be effective.